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Why Ontario Should Stop Demanding Money From the Federal Government

Mark Milke | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Instead of demanding more money from the federal government, Ontario could a) cut provincial spending or b) reform everything from labour laws to regulation to tax policy and electricity policy, to unleash the economy and thus produce more at-home tax revenue or c) both. Ontario should not expect continued billions in annual equalization payments. While the exact decline in equalization is unknown -- it depends on how badly the resource economies and their provincial treasuries are hit -- Ontario should face reality and act accordingly.

For Too Many in Ontario, Unpolluted Air Is a Luxury

Ecojustice | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

People living in industry-heavy areas of cities such as Hamilton, Sarnia, and Windsor bear an unfair burden when it comes to exposure to air contaminants. Many of these substances -- including benzene, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and particulate matter -- are known to pose serious threats to human health,

Racism Still Persistent In Ontario, Says Human Rights Chief

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario has made progress in combating the scourge of racism and other forms of discrimination but the fight is far from over, the outgoing ...

Why I'm Not Afraid Of My Kid Learning About Penises And Vaginas

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Rebecca Zamon

Whenever the topic of sex education and children comes up, there's an inevitable outcry from parents, politicians, and religious figures, who either think that (a) this should be taught at home, (b) the topics being taught are "inappropriate," or (c) teachers will do it wrong. All of which, frankly, don't speak to the realities of what's happening with kids right now. There's a reason people joke about kids playing "doctor" -- it's because kids are curious about their bodies, and the feelings they get from them, as much as adults are. They just don't have the knowledge to help them along the way. So hey, wouldn't it be great if they could get that someplace safe and educational, like say, school?

5 Myths And Facts About Ontario's Updated Sex Education Curriculum

Karyn Pickles | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Unfortunately, misconceptions and misinformation about this curriculum are continuing to make their way around the Internet, mostly because people seem bound and determined to willfully ignore the actual facts before forming an opinion. So today I'm going to address the most common myths about the new curriculum.

A Baited Conibear Trap Near a Trail Killed My Dog George

Valerie Strain | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Valerie Strain

The dogs were a bit ahead of us but within sight. Suddenly, George yelped and I knew he was in trouble. The dogs had been lured to a baited kill-trap and George's head was caught. He died a slow death while I struggled unsuccessfully to free him.

What Are Neonics? And Why Does Ontario Need To Restrict Them?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Apart from the immediate and lethal effects on bees, neonics represent a more subtle threat to a wide range of species. The 2014 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides, the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on neonics, pointed to effects on smell and memory, reproduction, feeding behaviour, flight and ability to fight disease.

My Tips for the Non-Intrusive Enjoyment of Snowy Owls

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

My moment with a snowy owl has been a long time coming. In late 2013 I wrote about my attempts to find one during the Guelph Christmas Bird Count and ...

The Hospital Loophole Drunk Drivers Use as a "Get Out of Jail Free Card"

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Impaired drivers continue to routinely use the ER as a "get out of jail free card," escaping police assessment at accident scenes by claiming injury, and denying injury once they arrive at hospital. Being uninjured, they can then leave the Emergency Room quickly, often before police arrive.

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 03.04.2015 | 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 02.21.2015 | 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 02.20.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.09.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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.

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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...