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Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.

The Union-Pearson Express Train Gets a Big Thumbs Down

Murtaza Haider | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The rail-link will connect Canada's two busiest transport hubs: Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Despite the high-speed connector between the two busiest hubs, transport authorities expect only 5,000 daily riders on the UP Express. The King Streetcar, in comparison, carries in excess of 65,000 daily riders.

Ontario Needs to Prioritize Its Transit Spending

Murtaza Haider | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Ontario announced $1.6 billion funding for the Hurontario LRT. Given the unmet transit demand in the City of Toronto, it is odd that the transit billions are being targeted at the suburban 905-ers. If ridership should be the primary consideration for prioritizing transit investments in Ontario, how does Hurontario LRT fare?

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.

Ontario and B.C. Treat Liquor Like We're in Prohibition-Era Canada

Mark Milke | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

On the surface, both the Ontario's premier's speculative thoughts and B.C.'s policy change look positive for consumers. But both are a mirage.

Kathleen Wynne Should Pull the Plug on Hydro Privatization

Andrea Horwath | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrea Horwath

For over 100 years, Ontario's public hydro system generated reliable electricity and got it to homes and businesses at a rate that people could afford. Today, our public hydro system continues to be a strategic asset that supports healthcare, education, and conservation (to name a few). If Kathleen Wynne goes ahead with her plan to privatize Hydro One, all of that could be in jeopardy, leaving Ontarians with higher hydro bills, but not much else. It is too valuable an asset to put on the auction block. I believe that hydro in Ontario should be affordable, reliable and should function as the backbone of our economy.

Ontario Is Overpenalizing Owners of Contaminated Sites

Dianne Saxe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Dianne Saxe

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is throwing the net wider and wider in its ever-growing attempts to assure that someone pays for contaminated sites, whether innocent or not. And it is having considerable success.

Fighting Climate Change to Strengthen Ontario's Economy

Keith Brooks | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Keith Brooks

Climate change is a critically important issue for the economy. The Clean Economy Alliance, which launched Wednesday, has united under some common principles to support Ontario's commitment to climate action and to make some suggestions for how the province should proceed. We've come together because addressing climate change can benefit our economy, and failing to address climate change would be very costly. Climate change has been called the single largest threat to the global economy, which is why the World Bank says a four-degree world must be avoided.

More Compensation Restraint Would Help Ease Ontario's Budget Troubles

Charles Lammam | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

Indeed, further restraint on compensation spending would help ease the pressure on Ontario's finances. Ensuring that the wages and benefits of provincial government workers are in line with private sector norms for similar positions would be a good first step towards getting things right.

Ontario Should Ban the Baited Trap That Killed My Dog From Public Trails

Valerie Strain | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Valerie Strain

Last December, a friend and I were walking along a public snowmobile trail on Crown Land just north of Peterborough, Ont., with my two yellow labs. My dog George was killed that day by a baited conibear trap set beside the trail. I have to ask: How can it be completely legal to put a lethal, baited trap right on a public trail?

Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

Talking about consent from a very early age is about giving children and youth choices and reminding them every day that their body belongs to them; that they are in charge of what happens with/to their own bodies. Sexual health doesn't happen in a vacuum and it's about more than the birds and the bees. The well-researched and evidence-based curriculum that is being introduced broadens a narrow definition of health and to us it's a positive step forward.

Toronto's Pan Am Transit Plans Divide the City

Murtaza Haider | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The GO Transit network has sufficient capacity in the non-peak direction of travel during peak periods, and in both directions during off-peak periods. The government should offer free GO service in off-peak periods and in the non-peak direction during the peak period. The Pan Am Games should bring the City together in a mass celebration of the human spirit. The current plans require people to stay away or at home, which is against the very spirit of the Games. Let's plan better to have fun at the Games.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

Queen's Park To Have Armed Security

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Some guards at Ontario's legislature will be armed, the Speaker said Monday as he discussed a number of security changes that will be phased...

Ontario Plans To Roll Out Debit Cards For Social Assistance Payments

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - People who receive welfare and disability support cheques in Ontario will be getting reloadable payment cards, similar to debit cards.The On...

2015 Juno Awards Set To Rock Hamilton

Vacay.ca | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada
Vacay.ca

Blue-collar Hamilton is often derided for its lack of beauty and sophistication, but things are changing fast in southern Ontario's Steel City. One reason to host the Junos is to bring awareness of that shift.

Ontario's Striking Universities Prove the System Is Flawed

Andrew Robinson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Robinson

We have strikes and unrest at the two largest Universities in Ontario, Toronto and York, plus enforced layoffs at Wilfred Laurier, because of a "revenue shortfall." What is going on?

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.13.2015 | 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.