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Without Affordable Housing, the Need for Food Banks Will Remain

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

This past holiday season, food banks all across Ontario benefited from the generosity of their communities. Ontarians came together to donate food and financial support, both of which will make an enormous difference in the lives of people who struggle to make ends meet. Yet as the holiday lights and warmth fade and we head back into everyday life, we must not forget that this is not enough. In Ontario alone, it is estimated that 770,000 people visit food banks annually, and 20 per cent of food banks run out of supplies at least once every year. In a province that has more than enough food for everyone, why is this happening?

Charles Rosen: Legacy of a Master PIanist

Stephen Cera | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Music
Stephen Cera

Rosen came to be known as much as an author and scholar as a pianist, but he always thought of himself as a pianist first.

Ontario Has Given Up on Endangered Species

Anna Baggio | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Anna Baggio

This is the only reasonable conclusion I can come up with after listening to Ontario's lawyers in court late last week defend a regulation that exempts almost all industrial activities from the core protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Winter Is Finally Here In Southern Ontario

CBC | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for southern Ontario, warning residents to be ready for a "significant winter storm&qu...

Ontario's Debt Situation Is About To Get a Whole Lot Worse

Charles Lammam | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Consider that in 2013/14 interest on the provincial debt was $10.6 billion. According to the province's fall fiscal update, that was just over half of all provincial sales tax revenue paid by Ontarians last year ($20.5 billion). So Ontarians should know that when you pay your provincial sales tax at the till, half of it flutters away just to pay your provincial government's debt interest.

Don't Throw Out the P3 Baby With the Bathwater

Charles Lammam | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Business
Charles Lammam

Something as dull sounding as public-private partnerships (P3s) has suddenly grabbed headlines thanks to a recent report from Ontario's Auditor General. P3s are an increasingly common tool for governments in Canada, and around the world, to provide infrastructure such as roads and bridges.

New Hospital Funding Method Discharges Patients "Quicker But Sicker'

Karen Palmer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business
Karen Palmer

Most Canadians probably don't realize that health care in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces -- Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia -- are implementing a new funding model for hospitals and other provinces are watching with interest.

Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

John Laforet | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada
John Laforet

It is laughable that the Ontario Liberals are scolding residents of the province for not putting enough away for their own retirements when the Government has so chronically underfunded it's own defined benefit pension plans that they look more like Ponzi schemes than retirement benefits.

Ontario Doesn't Need An Income-Based Drug Benefit Program for Seniors

Steve Morgan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Rather than placing a tax on health needs -- as income-based drug plans do -- Ontario should consider a more positive road to universal pharmacare. Specifically, it should consider tax financing a universal drug benefit program that would give non-seniors the same coverage elderly residents enjoy today.

To Fix Transit, Ontario Should Look to the Private Sector

Allan O'Dette | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Allan O'Dette

The results of the recent municipal election have produced a strong mandate for renewed investment in transit and transportation. In an era of fiscal constraint, how does the Ontario government get the biggest bang for its buck out of this fund? The answer is right under its nose: trust in the made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. The government uses the AFP model as a means to leverage capital and expertise from the private sector to design, build, finance, and maintain major infrastructure projects. In doing so, the model transfers the risk of project cost increases and scheduling delays on to the private sector.

What It's Like to Be a Young Food Bank Client

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

As a 26-year-old business professional I face very typical problems on a day to day basis, ones that many of you may face. I have to deal with traffic, I have to find parking in downtown Toronto, I have to deal with deadlines. But it wasn't that long ago that any of these trivial issues were not a concern to me as my only burden was finding my next meal. For two years I battled homelessness and my hope was dependant on youth homes and the kindness of strangers.

The TTC Should Only Help Fund Low-Income Riders

Steve Lafleur | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

High quality public transit costs money. Someone needs to pay for it. At the moment, riders are paying a large portion of those costs. The City shouldn't change that. Someone working on Bay Street and living in King West probably doesn't need a free ride. But maybe someone at Jane and Finch needs a break on fares. A surgical approach is preferable to a blunt instrument.

Why Does the Fight For Aboriginal Rights Equal a Rejection of Science?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The illness of a young girl is saddening, and the preceding topics are important and timely. But now, with this court case, we've gone off the rails into unhelpful territory. A growing number of people are turning away from, and against, science and modernity, and for a number of causes -- environmentalism, mistrust of corporations, dislike of secularism, traditionalism, and in extreme cases religious fundamentalism.

The Movement To Ban Religious Law is Racist and Bigoted

Faisal Kutty | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

The movement to ban foreign and/or religious law, according to the New York Times, is the brainchild of an Islamophobic lawyer, David Yerushalmi, who has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as having a record of "anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.

SUCCESS

The Canadian Press | Keith Leslie | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO -- In the end it wasn't even close as Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath easily survived a vote on her leadership Saturday at the party's conve...

Anti-Radiation Pills To Be Given To Neighbours Of Ontario Nuclear Plants

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Hundreds of thousands of people who live near Ontario's nuclear power plants will have to be given supplies of anti-radiation pills under ne...

Ontario Should Continue to Investigate This Chemical Leak

Ecojustice | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada
Ecojustice

Earlier this week, I learned that the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) has decided to drop its investigation into an April 2013 chemical leak at a Shell refinery in Sarnia. Why? According to an MOE spokesperson, there wasn't enough evidence to proceed further.

For 375,000 Ontarians, Thanksgiving Dinner Isn't a Reality

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

It must be fall, bringing with it Thanksgiving. This October, however, more than 16,000 families in Ontario will have no other choice but to visit a food bank for the first time in their entire lives. And while the idea of turkey dinner with all the trimmings certainly sounds delicious, for over 375,000 adults and children, it is simply not the reality of the season.

Let Your University Education Speak For Itself

Bonnie M. Patterson | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Bonnie M. Patterson

Of those who did respond in 2013, 87.4 per cent said they were employed six months after graduation, with 93 per cent on average reporting they were in jobs after two years. In many programs, employment rates were as high as 95 per cent two years out.

Falling in Love With All the Local Fall Food on Offer

Meghan Pearson | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

It has been so exciting to visit local markets, meeting the farmers who work so hard to bring us the very best, and there is no shortage of stalls anywhere you go in Ontario right now! Inspired by the vast variety the harvest has to offer, I filled my reusable bags with carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, kale, apples and more.

Tech, Talent and Trains Are Key to Toronto-Waterloo Supercluster

John Lorinc | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
John Lorinc

Ali Asaria, CEO of Tulip Retail, is an entrepreneur with a foot in two cities. In the past seven years, the Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) alumnu...

A Prize Week For Authors In Canada

Stephen Weir | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Yesterday it was the Giller. This morning it was the Griffin and the Weston Prizes and this weekend Word On The Street. This week is the busiest time ...

University Students and Grads Are Using Food Banks More Than Ever

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The need for food support does not, however, stop with students under the age of 18. Post-secondary and recent university graduates are one of the fastest growing groups of food bank users across the province. With growing tuition rates, on campus living accommodations, and money for textbooks it's no surprise the wallets of students are being stretched to the limits.

Why These Beekeepers Filed a Class-Action Lawsuit

Dianne Saxe | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Dianne Saxe

Last week, Canadian beekeepers filed a class action lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court (Windsor) against two massive chemical companies, Bayer AG and Syngenta AG, for over $400 million in losses allegedly caused by neonicotinoid pesticides to Ontario bees. This is the first Canadian class action lawsuit filed for harm to bees caused by these widely used pesticides.

Having $200 Shouldn't Qualify You to Run for Mayor of Toronto

John Laforet | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

We can pretend living in Toronto and having $200 dollars you aren't using qualifies you to be Mayor, but it doesn't. There are realities that come with running for office and one of those is being able to demonstrate popular support for your candidacy and ideas.