News From The Park

This week MPPs found themselves back in their home ridings for a constituency week.  I’d rather be home in the North, away from the...

Volunteer credit program to flow through WE Charity

Canada is embarking on a huge program designed to create work for students whose employment prospects have been waylaid by the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

News from the Park: Major Cracks in our Long-term Care Facilities

Readers will undoubtedly know that the Ontario Legislature has begun to resume operation, meaning that once again I find myself in Queen’s Park for...

Canada Day is special no matter the circumstances

It’s sure to be a Canada Day like no other this year.  With limitations on gatherings as a back drop, we won’t be able...

Front-line workers remain critical to our efforts

With the flurry of activities related to a greater easing of pandemic-related restrictions, it is tempting to think we may have COVID-19 on the...

Elements of CERB will have to be extended

The Canada Emergency Response benefit is set to expire at the end of the month.  It was introduced to limit the shock to household...

Uncomfortable is good if we are ever going to make progress on racism

We have arrived at a point where being uncomfortable about discussions on racism is no longer a valid reason to avoid the topic. We...

Report on long term care a shocking wake-up for Canadians

For decades, New Democrats brought seniors issues to parliament explaining that too many are vulnerable or unable live in dignity.  While there was a...

Anticipating a second wave and limiting its impact

As we enter a third month of physical distancing and learn that our actions have helped us avoid a worst-case pandemic scenario, the challenges...

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility must be well defined

There’s no doubt there is an itch to get back to normal, but there are obstacles to that and, of course, questions about how...