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Ontario Should Consult People With Disabilities Before Making Laws to Protect Them

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

In 2005, the Province of Ontario enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The thing that is missing from the AODA (in my opinion) is the lived experience of Ontarians with disabilities.

The Stories Politicians Tell Themselves Are Rarely True

Mark Milke | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Bob Rae and Kathleen Wynne are hardly the only (former and current) politicians to engage in storytelling. Politicians of every partisan stripe do the same thing. But while stories are useful and guide us in a variety of beneficial ways, the rational side of human nature should revisit tales now and then, especially political ones. That leads to better, smarter government. Ontario is no exception.

Let's Shift Our Language When Talking About Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada
Epilepsy Ontario

This suggests that simply shifting our language from "epileptic" to "person with epilepsy" can alter the way others think about those living with epilepsy. Employers, colleagues, teachers, and peers may think of their friends differently if we all start referring to "people with epilepsy" instead of "epileptics."

Ontario Must Make the Retirement Pension Plan a Priority

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Tim Hudak had no plan to address this pension crisis and the provincial Conservatives are, in fact, out of the picture on this issue. There is very little disagreement between the Ontario Liberals and the Ontario NDP when it comes to the need to restructure existing federal and provincial retirement coverage, with or without federal impetus.

Ontario's Financial Problems Are Ontario-Made

Mark Milke | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa complained on Thursday that the federal government underfunds Ontario. The complaint is part of a political effort by some Ontario politicians and others to distract Ontarians from the real issue: made-in-Ontario policy that is killing investment and jobs in that province and creating massive provincial deficits.

What You Need to Know About Meningitis

Furakh Mir | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Furakh Mir

Vaccines are the only effective prevention we have, but right now they are only available against certain strains of the disease. I believe that all Canadians need to get vaccinated, but families and medical professionals still need to remain vigilant and know the signs and symptoms, in order to get the proper medical help before it's too late.

Premier Wynne Must Act Now To Stop Declining Water Levels

David Sweetnam | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada
David Sweetnam

Georgian Bay Forever maintains that we need climate-resilient structures strategically placed to control the water levels throughout the basin. Such structures will mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Premier Wynne and her reelected government can act to prioritize research into engineering measures to mitigate declining water levels, which will only get worse with climate change.

How Taxes Could Affect the Leafs and Senators Next Season

Sean Speer | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Business
Sean Speer

There's a lot of speculation that the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs will be active this free agent season. Both teams failed to make the playoffs last year and will likely pursue new players to get them back into contention. But taxes can be a roadblock to attracting new talent.

Where to Eat, Sleep & Spa in Kingston, Ontario

Sara Graham | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Travel
Sara Graham

Looking for a charming escape from big city Toronto or Ottawa? Between Canada's business mecca and Parliament Hill, sits Canada's very first capital. And she's a breath of fresh air. Of Kingston's many assets, I'm most impressed by the cobbled streets of downtown, and the European style of Market Square.

Kathleen Wynne Must Act to Protect the Great Lakes

David Sweetnam | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Politics
David Sweetnam

When the Ontario government returns following the election, Premier Kathleen Wynne needs to move to protect the Great Lakes. There are a number of simple actions her government can take to address the challenges facing the Great Lakes, particularly declining water levels and invasive species.

Commemorating the First World War Through the Power of Art

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 06.20.2014 | Canada
Hon. David C. Onley

As the war recedes even farther into the past, the experience of the Great War risks sliding out of our collective memory. The centenary of WWI challenges us to renew our understanding of the conflict and reconsider its contemporary meaning. In that same spirit, my office is hosting Lest We Forget, an exhibition of WWI-inspired paintings by celebrated contemporary artist Charles Pachter.

Wynne, Stop Ontario's Credit Rating From Plummeting Further

Sean Speer | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The government already spends 9.2 per cent of its revenues to service its debt and, according to its own estimates, this will rise to nearly 11 per cent in the next four years. Put plainly, Ontario spends $1 out of every $10 sent to Queen's Park to pay for past debt. This is money not spent on health care, education, transportation, or other public priorities. The increase in rates and the expectation for further hikes means even more tax revenues will go to paying interest instead of key government services.

Andrea Horwath Is the Election's Biggest Loser

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The biggest loser in this election is not the Hudak Conservatives, but the NDP. Had Ms. Horwath not defeated the May budget and triggered this election, she would have kept the minority Liberals hostage to her dictates. While the NDP is set to gain an additional seat in these elections, it has lost all legislative power it enjoyed only a few weeks ago. Hardly a success by any measure. Tim Hudak's Conservatives ran a far right Tea Partish campaign that took comfort and strength in ideology, flawed as it may be, and not in rationality.

Declining Your Vote Is a Waste of Time

Katie Heindl | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Katie Heindl

The newest hot trend in the trying-so-hard-not-to-expend-one-iota-of-independent-self-guided-research crowd is declining your vote. In less than 24 hours all manner of articles have sprung up that read like the person writing them caught a case of spontaneous narcolepsy when forced to talk about the election. Nobody is going to argue the fact that the Ontario party leaders we've been presented with this time around come across as flat and less than engaging, but when was it ever going to be an option that Hudak's lifeless floating grin be the one I could hold accountable were something to happen to me in my own neighbourhood? Did everyone forget how our political system works?

Size Matters When it Comes to Classroom Numbers, Hudak

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Research in pedagogy shows that children learn much better in smaller classrooms. Tim Hudak, if elected, has promised to increase classroom sizes and the student-teacher ratios. The Ontario elections could very well be a vote on the learning outcomes for millions of school-going children. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, is campaigning to increase the classroom size by two to three students and the student-teacher ratio, in addition to numerous other proposed cuts to the Ontario's education system. This may require parents to learn more about learning before they vote on June 12.

The Best Public Schools Are in Your Reach...if You're Middle Class

Malkin Dare | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Malkin Dare

At present, Ontario parents are, at least theoretically, allowed to send their children to a school other than their neighbourhood school. In practice, however, there is a large group of Ontario families who are quite unlikely to be able to access any of these options. That group is English-speaking, lower-income, non-Catholics, and it includes a great many recent immigrants to Canada.

Ontario's Debt and Deficits Will Only Get Worse

Sean Speer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The results do not bode well for Ontario. Provincial debt amounts to 237.7 per cent of revenue -- the highest ratio amongst the provinces. In other words, the total debt accumulated by the Ontario government represents almost two and a half years of revenues. Ontario's ratio is much higher than Quebec, the second most indebted province (189.5 per cent) on this metric.

Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? Have no doubt: the Ontario premier is an insignificant figure on the world stage. Premier Wynne: Welcome to the new economy. Young people are more politically engaged and self-aware than older generations. Want to stop an election scandal or influence Senate reform? Don't write a letter to the editor of legacy print media. Start a YouTube channel. Tell us the truth and we might vote. We're smarter than you think we are.

Canada's Booze Is Still Under Prohibition-Era Government Control

Mark Milke | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Much of Canada's current approach to liquor retailing has its roots in prohibition-era attitudes towards wine, beer and spirits. But anyone who thinks that era ended should consider the anti-competition rhetoric that emanates from government liquor stores across Canada or Ontario's government-approved private sector beer cartel, The Beer Store.

Better living through algae: Learn how Pond Biofuels is turning raw smokestack gas into a useful product

David Dodge | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

Algae is a pretty important organism. The first plants on earth probably evolved from algae. It's used in food, fertilizer and sewage treatment. Oh, and algae can also eat raw industrial smokestack emissions for breakfast.

The Liberals and the NDP Are Undermining the Left

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Misha Abarbanel

Scandals happen to all governments at all levels, and I might speculate that the only reason the NDP hasn't been implicated in something deemed a scandal recently is that the last time they were elected Provincially was in 1990. They've never been elected federally. Jumping on other parties' scandals, as Ms. Horwath has, is a convenient way to avoid offering substantive policy alternatives and maintain the illusion of principled superiority. Scandal obsession dominates political discourse and freezes our governing institutions in wasteful bickering until the next scandal.

The Two Distinct Visions For Ontario's Economy

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

As Ontario inches closer to elections in June, two distinct visions emerge for the provincial economy. The Liberals propose investments in physical and social infrastructure, which will require running a deficit in the short run. The Ontario Conservatives, however, balk at the idea of deficit financing and propose stringent spending cuts.

Hunger Awareness Week: Who Do You Think Uses the Food Bank?

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

At the provincial level, the Ontario Association of Food Banks strongly believes that the provincial government can and should take a more active role in tackling the root causes of hunger. This Hunger Awareness Week, ask yourself: who do you think uses food banks, and more importantly, why? Together, we can take a stand against hunger and poverty.

We Need to Preserve Our Great Lakes

David Sweetnam | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Sweetnam

Georgian Bay Forever is all about protecting your water -- but not simply because water is a precious part of our natural environment. Indeed, water is critical to our $5.1-trillion regional economy and the 40 million people who call the Great Lakes-St Lawrence River region their home. Whether through tourism or shipping, water matters to the economy.

Want to Live Longer? Move to a City

Jon Packer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

As warmer spring weather finally arrives, many of us long for the great outdoors with walks, bike rides and the Holy Grail -- cottage getaways. The notion is that if we could only spend more time out of the city, we'd be both happier and healthier. The reality though is somewhat different.