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Ontario's Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People's Health At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. Yet Ontario's Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to accommodate a request from two of the province's largest industrial benzene emitters -- the petroleum refining and petrochemical manufacturing industries.

Do You Know Your Rights? Ontario Rental Laws Could Be Changing

The RentSeeker.ca Team | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Business
The RentSeeker.ca Team

While some associations feel that the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act currently favours tenants (although associations representing tenants will disagree), there are proposed changes being debated that could shift the power back into the hands of the landlord.

When Political Skeletons Should Remain In The Closet

Donald D'Haene | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Donald D'Haene

London Mayor Matt Brown temporarily suspended his duties following his disclosure of an affair with deputy mayor, Maureen Cassidy.What are the real issues here? Did the indiscretion impair either of them in their council functions?

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.

The Dilemma Facing Canadian Farmers

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tiffany Leigh

Ontario produces more asparagus than the rest of Canada combined, with 90 growers alone in the province; this amounts to 3500 acres worth of asparagus to harvest from. It is a $25 million dollar industry. Due to asparagus farmers investing in this kind of research and breeding, initially, it was a success story. But circumstances quickly changed.

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

There Are Some Kinks In Ontario's New Climate Change Plan

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

After two leaked drafts and a taxpayer funded ad promoting it, the public now finally has details on Kathleen Wynne's new climate change plan...and to be honest, it's pretty kooky.

Realtor Takes Risqué Approach To Selling Ontario Home

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada

This is not your usual home listing video.

Not All Seniors Have Access To Basic Needs Like Proper Nutrition

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While it's great to hear a majority of Ontario seniors have access to proper nutrition, there is still a big number of those who don't for many reasons. And as more individuals live longer and independently, it's important to continue the dialogue about how to create solutions, especially during Seniors' Month in Ontario.

Finding The Right Truck For A Countryside Road Trip

Reggie Ramone | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Travel
Reggie Ramone

Road trips are a quick and essential way to get a breather from the city. It keeps your cash saved while not skipping a beat once Monday hits (most of the time, at least). When searching for the right vehicle to take into the countryside, you'll want to watch for three features: terrain options, safety precautions, and temperature control.

Why Buying Local Really Means Supporting Your Community

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

Next week is Local Food Week in Ontario, a celebration of the rich agricultural bounty we're so lucky to have access to in this province. The local food movement has been all the rage for the past few years, and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Grocery stores highlight local produce when it's in season, innumerable "farm to table" restaurants have popped up, and farmers markets continue to grow in popularity.

Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

What were once staples of daily living in our communities -- butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers -- are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But "fast and convenient" has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

A Tale Of Two Cities That Shared Music And Coffee

Stephen Cera | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Music
Stephen Cera

"Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House" revolved around the central role of the coffee house in the worlds of both 18th Century Leipzig and Damascus, uncovering cross-cultural influences between two cities which sit 3000 km. apart.

Premier Wynne Making Life Harder For Ontario Taxpayers

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over dining tables or dockside drinks was the state of the province and revelations from the past week of the conduct of Premier Kathleen Wynne. But where to begin?

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?

Health Reform In Ontario Must Include Oral Health Care

Jacquie Maund | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jacquie Maund

Our teeth and gums are part of our body, and poor oral health affects our overall health and well-being. Primary mouth care is not covered under OHIP, and hospitals are not equipped to deliver dental care. Ontario only has public dental programs for low income children under 18, and a patchwork of basic services for people receiving social assistance.

A Girls' Getaway In Grey County

Ayngelina Brogan | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Travel
Ayngelina Brogan

f you're tired of the same old Niagara wine weekends and crowds in Prince Edward County it's time to head north to Grey County. Only two hours from Toronto, Grey County is perfect for rest, relaxation and great food and drink.

What Happens When The Safety Net Fails?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a society, we established a system of social welfare programs because we wanted to take better care of each other and ensure that everyone had access to basic needs, even during hard times. It was an effort to get a little bit closer to that perfect world. On Monday, a new report was released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives that demonstrates the gap between where we currently are and our vision of where we'd like to be.

Dear Premier Wynne, It's (Still) Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In case you think I'm asking you for more money for health care, I'm not. The $51 billion currently budgeted is enough, it just needs to be spent more efficiently. There will be significant immediate cost savings from cutting the bureaucratic bloats. But will this be enough to get you the election win you so badly desire in 2018?

The Myriad Crises Facing Windsor, Ontario

Bruce Moncur | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Windsor, Ontario is a city desperately in need of helping, but none is coming. Change is needed, and overall it is being hindered at every corner by a mayor and a select group of city councillors whose actions have historically resulted in the worst possible outcome. It is time to get rid of the dinosaurs and puppets in charge and demand some measure of competence and accountability. Before it's too late.

Why New Low-Rise Home Prices In Ontario May Go Through The Roof

YPNextHome | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
YPNextHome

Already testing affordability limits, higher new home prices could be among the unintended consequences of the provincial government's announcement on May 10 that it is proposing changes to four provincial plans that shape how land is used in the Greater Golden Horseshoe -- Canada's fastest-growing urban region, the province's economic engine and the home of the Greenbelt.

Dear Premier Wynne, It's Not Too Late To Fix Health Care

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

So I hear you are thinking of proroguing the Provincial Parliament, likely as a prelude to a cabinet shuffle in the hopes of raising your incredibly poor poll numbers. While there has been no shortage of scandals for your government, the reality is the biggest issue facing you is health care.

This Resource Can Help Protect Your Kids Online

Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A. | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A.

This incessant use of technology by children has resulted in an abrupt change in the landscape of parenting. Parents are just beginning to recognize that we must protect our children as well as the avatars that represent them online.

Setting The Record Straight On Ontario's Green Energy Plan

Keith Brooks | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Ontario is taking a comprehensive approach to cutting emissions, which is a good thing. While some folks may love to hate the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the reality is that it's the reason Ontario is Canada's clean technology leader. And the coal phase out was the right move, too, which is why it's being emulated by Alberta, why Ontario hit its 2014 GHG emissions target, why our air is now smog-free, and why people like me, who care about the environment and our kids' future, can breathe more easily.

Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's Medicine

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sohail Gandhi

While I agree the situation is complex, the main reason that younger family physicians are taking fewer patients has nothing to do with either a lack of dedication or desire to help their patients, but rather that medicine has become far more complex in the past 30 years.