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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.

Wind Turbine Highlights Unifor's Hypocrisy On Noise Hazards

Karen Hunter | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Hunter

Unifor owns and operates the controversial CAW Wind Turbine, located on its property in Port Elgin, Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron. Since its startup, Unifor and MOE have received hundreds of noise complaints, day and night, from the nearly 200 families who live within the turbine's 550-metre radius.

Does Your Local Bar Have A Tinder Policy?

YWCA Toronto | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

This bar encourages women to alert bar staff if their dates make them feel unsafe or if they receive unwanted attention from other customers. The sign posted in the women's washroom reads: "Your safety and happiness is our highest priority." Not surprisingly, support for this policy has reverberated across the Atlantic.

Improving Ontario's Health Care System For Patients And Physicians

Dr. Eric Hoskins | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada
Dr. Eric Hoskins

As Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, it is my responsibility to ensure that we have a health care system that delivers the best possible care for all patients. This means putting the needs of patients first and foremost with each and every decision I make. It means providing patients with faster access to care today, and building a sustainable system that will be there for patients and their families in the future.

Eric Hoskins' Latest Attack On Ontario Physicians Falls Flat

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Eric Hoskins has taken the position that the health care needs a "system transformation." I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. However, rather than get to work on meaningful transformation, he has elected to play politics instead. The result will be a continuance of uncertainty and compromised health care for all Ontarians.

We Need To Do More To Address The Gender Wage Gap

Duff McCutcheon | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Business
Duff McCutcheon

While "equal pay for work of equal value" is enshrined in law under Ontario's Pay Equity Act, the gender wage gap is a serious issue. Statistics Canada data estimates the gap to be anywhere between 12 to 31.5 per cent and RBC estimates it is costing the Canadian economy $168 billion in lost income.

Ontario Health-Care Cuts Are History Repeating Itself

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Back in the mid-1990s, the Ontario Provincial Government found itself in a bitter dispute with Ontario physicians. Back then, the government tried to frame the dispute as one that was solely based on physician compensation. Fast forward to 2016.

Poverty Creates A Vicious Cycle Of Food Insecurity And Poor Health

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Living
Ontario Association of Food Banks

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) reports that rates of diabetes are disproportionately higher among low-income individuals and First Nations people, two demographics that also face high rates of food insecurity. It's easy to tell someone to "just eat healthier," but it is a lot more difficult to actually put into practice, especially if you can't afford it.

Ontario To Make Almost $2B In Sale Of Hydro One Shares

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada

The shares are being sold at $23.65 apiece for total gross proceeds of about $1.71 billion.

Ontario Needs A Smarter Way To Invest In Infrastructure

Barry Steinberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Steinberg

The Wynne government doesn't have a long-term infrastructure plan that includes an accurate description of the current condition of the province's assets, including roads and buildings. That is to say that there is no reliable estimate of Ontario's infrastructure deficit -- a crucial factor in making evidence-based, properly planned investment decisions

This Ontario Photographer Chronicled An Unexpected Friendship

Freaktography | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Freaktography

On her birthday, Ontario phogorapher The Tourist (AKA Leslie) was on her way home after a day of exploring and decided to make one last stop at a house she had been curious about for some time -- this was a decision that would not only change her life -- but that of another.  I will let you discover this story just as I had, through her words and Instagram posts

Why You Should Buy A Home Near These Canadian Shopping Malls

YPNextHome | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

Not to oversimplify Economics 101, but solid population and wage growth are among the key contributors to both healthy retail and real estate sectors. And with BC and Ontario economies and housing markets leading in this regard, it's no surprise that residents in these areas are brimming in the consumer confidence department.

Local Governments Have A Problem With Transparency

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

When most communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto, there's a problem. In Ontario, councils are entitled to go in-camera to consider six specific matters. There are four reasons that councils must go in camera and over a dozen reasons why they "may" close a meeting. The nuance between "may" and "must" seems to have been lost on a few.