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Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending

Posted on 01 March 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump put both political parties on notice Monday that he intends to slash spending on many of the federal government’s most politically sensitive programs — relating to education, the environment, science and poverty — to protect the economic security of retirees and to shift billions more to the armed forces.The proposal to increase military spending by ...

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Improving child-care Access for Ontario Families

Posted on 01 March 2017

Lucas Malinowski — Ontario is improving access to affordable, accessible, high-quality and responsive child care and early years programming for families across the province.  As a first step in delivering 100,000 more child care spaces within the next five years, Ontario is creating approximately 3,400 new child care spaces in schools this year. Indira Naidoo-Har ...

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Social Policy Experts Decry cuts to Housing, Ervices

Posted on 01 March 2017

Recent cuts to the city budget for housing, services and transit have social policy experts decrying the reduction in staff and programs. Speaking from city hall, Sean Meagher, executive director of Social Planning Toronto said, “This budget presents a stark choice for the Mayor and Council: choose between eliminating 780 staff positions, affecting programs and services for thousands of ...

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YQNA battles city move to loosen noise rules from 7am-11pm

Posted on 01 March 2017

Ulla Colgrass — The city is trying to change the Noise Bylaw — and not in our favour. The changes would allow noise inside our homes from an outside source (amplified music, construction, clubs , etc.) at 85 dBA from 7 am to 11 pm. That is equal to a snow blower running all day! New York City’s dBA limit for homes is 42 dBA. To make matters worse, residents can onl ...

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Spectre of OMB Appeal may Harm Plan to Preserve Harbour Silos

Posted on 01 March 2017

Dennis Hanagan —  Community council recommended at its Feb. 23 meeting that city designate the Victory Soya Mills silos near the foot of Parliament St. as a heritage site.
But a letter from Bay St. lawyers Aird & Berlis representing owner Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. says the designation “is premature.” The silos are associated with industrialist an ...

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Time for police to investigate Hydro One sale: CUPE

Posted on 01 March 2017

Craig Saunders — Following revelations that a bank underwriting the Hydro One sale backed a fundraiser that funnelled tens of thousands of dollars into Liberal party coffers, it is time for police to investigate, says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario. “It was a banker – Ed Clark – who proposed the sale, and ...

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Nuclear industry donates to Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals

Posted on 01 March 2017

Angela Bischoff — On Wednesday Ontario’s Opposition Leader, Patrick Brown, asked Premier Wynne to call a Commission of Inquiry into her Government’s political fundraising practices. According to Mr. Brown, “The people of Ontario need to know if government contracts and grants were traded for donations to the Ontario Liberal Party.” We agree that there is a need f ...

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The ‘only poll’ to accurately predict Trump win

Posted on 01 March 2017

The controversial, anonymous social platform first went on the record forecasting Trump win in February President-elect Trump’s victory, predicted on record in February by Zip the question answer app, comes as no surprise to the company behind the platform. From as early as the initial primaries, Zip was the only source on record accurately predicting the emergence and support for Trump ...

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What’s Wrong with mydemocracy.ca? Plenty

Posted on 01 March 2017

The federal government’s electoral change (reform) website is being widely mocked. But beneath the outrage and humour, what’s really wrong with mydemocracy.ca? Plenty.Take part in the national conversation on electoral reform (change). The website is intended to gather perspectives from Canadians who wish to “take part in the national conversation on electoral reform,” according ...

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Universal Pharmacare: Cut Costs, Save Lives

Posted on 01 March 2017

Universal pharmacare’s time has arrived. Most Canadians would agree that those who need potentially life-saving medications should have ready access to them. Yet prescription drug coverage in Canada varies widely depending on where you live, your health status, income and age. It’s time for a universal pharmacare program. Canadians don’t like to hear this, but when it comes to ...