PCs swing far to the right

By Admin 14.05.2015

The new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, Patrick Brown, has been described both as a “formidable organizer” and “a radical Tea Party fundamentalist who is far outside the mainstream of this province”.

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Hydro One sell-off risky

By Admin 06.05.2015

The Ontario Liberals say they are committed to responding to the demand for adequate transportation infrastructure but their decision to fund this plan to the tune of $4 billion by selling off some 60 per cent of Hydro One at $9 billion is not being greeted with much enthusiasm, as at least one poll shows.

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Of budgets, federal and provincial

By Admin 29.04.2015

With Ontario’s Liberal government presenting its latest budget hot on the heels of the federal Conservatives’ budget, we have to ask if the timing was intentional. Was there some tweaking by the Kathleen Wynne government after hearing what federal finance minister Joe Oliver presented to Canadians as the Conservatives’ best hope for re-election in the fall?

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Students the priority

By Admin 23.04.2015

Fundraising at schools located in affluent Toronto neighbourhoods can raise 300 times more per student than schools in low-income areas. In real dollars, that would amount to as much as $900 per child, compared to $3 per child in low-income neighbourhoods.

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Historic handshake

By Admin 15.04.2015

Marking the end of a troubled – some would say openly hostile – era, the image of U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shaking hands at the recent Summit of the Americas in Panama was revolutionary.

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Falling bricks a cry for help

By Admin 08.04.2015

Bricks falling from great heights off the side of an apartment building that is a part of the housing stock in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) portfolio is yet another example of the desperate need to rethink subsidized housing in this city. Yet another example of the desperate need to begin concrete solutions to the state of disrepair of Toronto Community Housing stock became evident recently when four floors of bricks fell off the outer wall of the top floors at a TCHC building near Eglinton Ave. E. and Markham Rd.

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Religious tolerance

By Admin 01.04.2015

The public debate about religious accommodation has grabbed a great deal of attention lately, fuelled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s stated intention to contest a court decision that women who choose to wear the niqab during their taking the oath of citizenship are within their rights to do so.

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Fear of anti-terror bill

By Admin 25.03.2015

The federal government’s new Bill C-51 which, it says, is aimed at keeping the nation safe from terrorist activities by giving more power to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has raised a lot of concern across the country. This bill has come in, rightly we believe, for heavy criticism from many quarters.

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Time to decide on Harper

By Admin 18.03.2015

Aside from taking to the streets in protest, there is little the general public seems able to do between now and the fall federal elections to stop the Stephen Harper government from steamrolling through whatever bills it has left that will continue to change Canada into the right-wing conservative model this administration envisions for this country.

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Terrorism trumps economy

By Admin 11.03.2015

The government in Ottawa has put terrorism high on its agenda but a far more urgent concern of immediate importance to Canadians is the state of the economy.

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