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The“last minute” phenomenon in municipal elections

TORONTO – For a while, it seemed that many local political office holders (incumbents) were going to get another free ride, that is, be uncontested. Then, like mushrooms after a rainstorm, names of candidates at the Registration desk sprouted as if from nowhere. We may not hear from them or know what they represent until election day… maybe. Local elections are notorious for the low voter turn-out. Since John Tory lulled everyone to sleep, thus eliminating any competition and attraction for “the top job”, what will incent citizens to exercise their civic duty to vote?

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Candidati che se ne infischiano delle regole? Fuori

TORONTO – Ci deve essere un modo per “qualificare” i candidati a cariche politiche o per squalificare coloro che hanno una comprovata esperienza nel trasgredire gli standard pubblicamente accettati con comportamenti inappropriati. Nel bene e nel male, la burocrazia dei partiti politici riconosciuti conduce un processo di selezione per potenziali candidati alle cariche… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Ignore candidates who flout the rules

TORONTO – There must be a way “to qualify” candidates for political office or to disqualify those with a proven record of transgressing publicly accepted standards with inappropriate behaviour. For better or for worse, the bureaucracy of recognized political parties conduct a selection process for potential nominees for office. These are open to abuse and to the whim of the leadership and its entourage, but at least there are standards against which approval or criticism can galvanize.

Not so in the in the hurley burley wild west that we see in Municipal politics. The much- touted office of Integrity Commissioner has done little but develop an industry (lucrative for the practitioners) of “tut-tut ism”. Conflicts Commissioners (Ethics Commissioners in some circles) are as eunuchs in a harem.

John Tory, full-time employee of media giant, Rogers, can occupy the mayor’s chair, make decisions that suit his employer and still run for office. School board trustees can violate their oath of office and still offer themselves for election.

It seems endemic to our democratic system: do anything, no matter how egregious – lie, cheat, malign – if you can escape the public’s wrath.

It is a disease that afflicts even the boards of cultural institutions like the Art Gallery of Mississauga. A reading of the Agenda (and its Appendices) of the Annual General Meeting of the Gallery, held August 4, 2022, obtained by the Corriere Canadese would cause a reasonable person to shake their head in disbelief.

It is a “cleaning house” document approved by the assembly following a litany of disruptions, allegations of harassment, bullying, intimidation, questionable circumventions of rules and procedures, obfuscation, “people” sitting as arbitrators of complaints against them personally, falsification of financially sensitive documents etc. It is a wonder the AGM has survived the ordeal.

The Board of the AGM finally succeeded in liberating itself from the cause of all of this turbulence appears to be, its now former President of the Gallery’s Board of Directors, Leslie Silvestri. After an internal revolt structured to secure a legitimate meeting of the Board, it hired Scott and Associate (Scott) to conduct an investigation into the preceding allegations and to report – which it did on July 29, 2022.

Here is an excerpt from Scott’s Workplace Investigation Summary:

“…the allegations of bullying and harassment made against Ms. Silvestri are substantiated…Ms. Silvestri has engaged in, among other things, psychological harassment of others, as well as workplace violence as defined by Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and that the complainant(s) fear reprisal, reputational harm from Ms. Silvestri. Scott concluded that [Silvestri’s] conduct contravened both the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Human Rights Code…”

Armed with this background, Ms. Silvestri has registered as a candidate for Mississauga City Council.

Silvestri and complainants were notified of the findings. Corriere’s attempts to reach Ms. Silvestri went unresponded as of going to print.

Canada GTA Italian Ontario Toronto

“Pronto soccorso del St. Joseph nel caos”

TORONTO – Una chiusura formale delle cure ambulatoriali per carenza di infermieri. I pazienti in barella che affollano i corridoi per ore. Nessuna sala di rianimazione operativa. Un bambino malato che non è sorvegliato.
È questa l’immagine del caos in un fine settimana di luglio dipinta da 40 medici nel pronto soccorso del St. Joseph’s Health Center, uno dei più trafficati di Toronto… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Quelle foto scattate per prolungare l’addio

WATERLOO – La macchina fotografica, questo oggetto misterioso che cattura gli istanti, eternandoli, ha fatto molto parlare di sé. In alcune culture si pensava che la foto fosse addirittura in grado di rubare l’anima, intrappolarla nella carta fotografica. Come in uno specchio magico ciò che vediamo tramite la lente ottica è il nostro sogno antico evocato dal ricordo dei dettagli…

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La Bella lingua resiste: oltre 500mila canadesi parlano in italiano

TORONTO – Sono oltre 500mila i canadesi in grado di parlare in italiano. Di questi, 255mila utilizzano principalmente la lingua italiana quando sono in casa, mentre altri 92mila lo fanno saltuariamente. Sono questi alcuni dei risultati messi in luce dell’istantanea scattata da Statistics Canada attraverso il Censimento 2021 presentati ieri. Nel rapporto dell’Istituto Nazionale di Statistica si mette quindi in luce come la “Bella Lingua” sia ancora viva e vegeta nel nostro Paese, nonostante la netta flessione del fenomeno migratorio dall’Italia al Canada registrato negli ultimi anni… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>>

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Trasparenza e responsabilità principi dimenticati al TCDSB

TORONTO – La parodia che circonda la “disposizione” delle accuse delle presunte violazioni del codice di condotta mosse contro il fiduciario Daniel Di Giorgio ha chiarito diverse cose. Il rapporto lanciato contro di lui è stato inventato senza senso, fabbricato per gettare discredito sul suo nome, giusto in tempo per le elezioni.

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Transparency and accountability forgotten at TCDSB

TORONTO – The travesty surrounding the of the “disposition” of the allegations of the alleged code of conduct breaches levelled against trustee Daniel Di Giorgio made several things clear. The report levelled against him was trumped up nonsense manufactured to bring his name into disrepute, just in time for the elections.

What we did learn is that the Integrity Commissioner (IC) does not work for the Board of trustees. Rather, he/she submits a report to the Board, but it must first clear the desk of the Secretary/Director of the Board, Brendan Browne. As it turned out, he and his staff can and do change the report to suit their perceived obligations or objectives. That is a dangerous arrogation of authority. Now he is faced with a demand by a member of the public and registered candidate who is determined to have access to similar procedure before the August 19.

The IC has no authority to do anything other than to determine whether an investigation has merit; compile and report findings and remind Trustees of their options should they agree to accept his/her recommendations. According to Secretary/Director Browne, once the IC submits the report, it belongs to the Board, meaning the Director who then can redact, alter, or otherwise change the content at his discretion.

We know this because he says so. As Marc Anthony’s Shakespeare said of Brutus: and he is an honourable man. We know this to be true because Secretary/Director Browne hired a platoon of lawyers to provide legal advice on the appropriateness of what he was trying to accomplish over the objections of reasonable trustees on the Board.

The report was not going anywhere, despite the sloppy intimidation tactics by attempted against Di Giorgio.

The former IC, who took their “expertise” to the City of Brampton sometime in April, resigned in May, but hung on until Mid-June to “lend weight” to their own personal views about Di Giorgio, the Corriere and its publisher – and to collect more “billable hours”.

Secretary/Director Browne must relish the vainglorious exercise to squander public money on legal entities who will opine on the merits of his musings on policy and procedure while he manipulates certain trustees to do his bidding, especially the nefarious gang of four who will allege anything, slur and smear anyone to avoid fulfilling their duty to Catholic electors. Anything to keep people off balance, so to speak. It worked, in part, against trustee Del Grande. It is unlikely to work against people like the trustee candidate Gabriella Mazarakis. Meanwhile, according to an insider who has seen the invoices, last year, Brendan Browne authorized a pay out in excess of $1,000,000.00 to outside legal counsel just as the TCDSB is facing student shortages, reduced revenues and teacher agitation. Children have to do without.

In house legal advisors, on the other hand, are supplemented by other legal opinion generators from law firms like BLG, Aird Berlis, ADR, Principles Integrity (it is a real name), and the Parliamentarian.

None of them were elected to discharge the obligations that trustees have to the parents who put them around the Board table.

None of their opinions on procedure can restore the ethical behaviour, lost, but still legally demanded and expected of trustees elected to uphold the Catholic ethic.

Canada GTA Italian Ontario Toronto

Cupe risponde picche: “Aumento umiliante”

TORONTO – Sul fronte scuola l’autunno – gli indizi ci sono tutti – sarà caldo. Ieri, come anticipato dal ministro dell’Istruzione Lecce – il governo ha presentato la sua offerta al Cupe – Ontario School Boards Council of Unions (Osbcu) con il quale sono in corso dalla fine di luglio negoziati per il rinnovo del contratto. Per gli operatori dell’istruzione rappresentati dalla Canadian Union of Public Employees che guadagnano meno di $ 40.000 l’aumento sarebbe del 2% all’anno. Ai lavoratori che guadagnano oltre tale importo, il governo propone un contratto quadriennale che prevede aumenti dell’1,25% su base annuale…

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Governo-scuola, negoziati in alto mare

TORONTO – Mentre la riapertura delle scuole si avvicina a passi da gigante i negoziati tra sindacati e governo non sembrano andare proprio per il verso giusto. Nonostante siano iniziati con largo anticipo – alla fine di luglio – un accordo sembra essere ancora in alto mare al punto che il Canadian Union of Public Employees (Cupe) ha deciso di parlare di un eventuale sciopero alla sua prossima riunione. Una mossa, questa, che il ministro dell’Istruzione Stephen Lecce definisce una “inutile escalation”…Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Candidature, corsa contro il tempo in molti distretti

TORONTO – Conto alla rovescia sul fronte candidature per il voto comunale del 24 ottobre. Al termine di una finestra durata tre mesi, il prossimo 19 agosto scadrà il tempo limite per presentare la propria candidatura nelle corse per la poltrona di sindaco, di consigliere comunale e di fiduciario scolastico dei provveditorati pubblici in Ontario… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Mercato immobiliare, la bolla destinata a sgonfiarsi nel 2023

TORONTO – Il mercato immobiliare canadese è destinato a raffreddarsi. I prezzi – secondo un rapporto presentato ieri da Desjardins – dovrebbero subire una brusca frenata nei prossimi mesi, con il progressivo calo lungo tutto il 2023: alla fine del prossimo anno, il costo medio di una casa dovrebbe segnare un meno 25 per cento rispetto al picco della corsa al rincaro registrato lo scorso febbraio… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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TCDSB: IC, colossale spreco di tempo e soldi

TORONTO – “Farisei, scribi e peccatori”: è la descrizione utilizzata dalla fiduciaria Nancy Crawford (nella foto sopra) che cercava di riportare i suoi colleghi in sé sulla questione, prima della riunione di emergenza al Toronto Catholic District School Board, mercoledì sera. Stava invocando l’immagine biblica della tentata “lapidazione di una donna smarrita” nel tentativo di mettere in prospettiva le questioni e di fornire una “guida”. Avrebbe potuto risparmiare il fiato… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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TCDSB: IC, a colossal waste of time and money

TORONTO – “Pharisees, Scribes and Sinners”. That’s the choice of descriptors used by trustee Nancy Crawford trying to bring her colleagues to their senses, on the issue before the emergency meeting at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, last night. She was invoking the Biblical image of the attempted “stoning of a fallen woman” in an attempt to put issues in perspective and to provide “guidance”. 

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Ontario: in classroom without masks, at least for now

TORONTO – Ontario school students will not have to wear masks during the fall semester: the Ministry of Education confirmed it today. The use of protective equipment will be voluntary and masks will be available to students upon request. Rapid tests will also remain available in schools. 

The fall semester 2022 will therefore be the first, complete, since the beginning of the pandemic, in which Ontario students will not be forced to wear masks. Unless the situation worsens and the reintroduction of security measures is not necessary. On this, however, the government has not yet expressed itself: the details of a possible “plan B” in the event of an increase in infections are lacking. (more…)

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Ontario Emergency Room, Endless Crisis

TORONTO – History repeats itself. As has been the case for a few weeks, also this weekend, the emergency rooms of numerous hospitals in Ontario remained closed. It happened to the Durham site of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC), georgian Bay General Hospital and Ottawa’s Monfort Hospital that was closed at night to cope with an “unprecedented shortage” of nurses. And last week it was the turn of Perth, Listowel, Seaforth and Bowmanville, where Lakeridge Health temporarily closed its intensive care unit and relocated patients to the Ajax-Pickering and Oshawa campuses. 

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GTA, crollano le vendite delle case: -47%

TORONTO – Non ha pace il mercato delle case nella Greater Toronto Area: nel mese di luglio appena terminato, le vendite sono diminuite del 47% rispetto allo stesso periodo dell’anno scorso e del 24% rispetto allo scorso giugno. Il Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) ha infatti rivelato, ieri, che le 4.912 vendite del mese scorso sono state quasi la metà delle 9.339 case passate di mano nel luglio del 2021 e questo indica che il mercato si sta attenuando rispetto al ritmo frenetico visto nella prima metà dell’anno ed alla fine del 2021… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Crisi ospedali, caos nei pronto soccorso

TORONTO – “Crisi è la parola giusta”. Ad aggiungersi al coro di medici e infermieri che lanciano l’allarme è anche il vicepresidente responsabile di Ontario Health Chris Simpson. La crescente pressione sul sistema sanitario della provincia non è frutto della fantasia ma una triste realtà anche se il governo Ford continua a negare l’evidenza minimizzando la gravità della situazione. “Sul settore dell’assistenza sanitaria grava una pressione e un peggioramento che penso, avvertiamo tutti, è tangibile – ha detto Simpson – dire che c’è una crisi è descrivere con una sola parola la situazione nei nostri ospedali”… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Ontario: hospital crisis, chaos in emergency rooms

TORONTO – “Crisis is the right word.” Joining the chorus of doctors and nurses sounding the alarm is Ontario Health Vice President Chris Simpson. The growing pressure on the province’s health system is not the result of fantasy but a sad reality even if the Ford government continues to deny the evidence minimizing the seriousness of the situation. 

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Ford: “Hospital shutdowns? It’s the federal government’s fault”

TORONTO – The emergency continues. Emergency rooms closed on weekends, struggling wards, nurses and doctors working 16-hour shifts, are just a few flaws in the health system in Ontario as well as in other provinces of Canada. And Doug Ford once again points the finger at the federal government. 

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Ritorno sul posto di lavoro in centro: a Toronto prosegue a passo di lumaca

TORONTO – Festival, parate ed eventi vari che hanno caratterizzato le estati di Toronto fino allo scoppio della pandemia di Covid-19 sono tornati ad allietare questi mesi ma gli uffici in centro città continuano ad essere deserti. Da un nuovo studio – chiamato “Death of Downtown?” – emerge che la ripresa economica del centro di Toronto è in ritardo rispetto ad altri centri urbani al punto che uno dei suoi autori afferma che ora è diventato chiaro che “non torneremo alla normalità”… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Dottori, dove siete? Impossibile farsi visitare

TORONTO – Curarsi, in Canada, è difficile. Se non impossibile. E se le emergency rooms degli ospedali sono prese d’assalto, un motivo ci sarà. Ve lo spieghiamo in questo articolo, qual è il motivo. Un articolo nel quale riportiamo la testimonianza di un nostro lettore di Toronto che ha vissuto un’odissea – non ancora terminata – per… un dito… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Doctors, where are you? Impossible to get a physical

TORONTO – Healing is difficult in Canada. Maybe impossible. And if the emergency rooms of hospitals are “stormed”, there will be a reason. We explain it to you in this article, what is the reason. An article in which we report the testimony of one of our readers from Toronto who lived an odyssey – not yet finished – for … a finger. (more…)

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Ford vuole il sindaco-sceriffo “Più poteri ai primi cittadini”

TORONTO – Il sindaco? Meglio se “sceriffo”, secondo il premier dell’Ontario, Doug Ford, che sta valutando una nuova legislazione che conferirebbe ai primi cittadini di Toronto e di Ottawa nuovi poteri e un potenziale veto sul consiglio comunale, secondo quanto riferito prima dal Toronto Star e poi da Global News… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Caciara al Toronto Catholic District School Board

TORONTO – Ieri sera, sono uscito dalla riunione del Toronto Catholic District School Board con diverse impressioni da condividere in particolare con i nostri 177.000 residenti di Toronto che si identificano etnicamente come italiani; più in generale con i circa 1.000.000 residenti di Toronto che sono teoricamente cattolici e, infine, con altri fiduciari dei consigli scolastici dei distretti cattolici dell’Ontario… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 

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Bedlam at the Toronto Catholic District School Board

TORONTO – I came away from last night’s Meeting of the Toronto Catholic District School Board with several impressions to share specifically with our 177,000 Toronto residents who self-identify ethnically as Italian; more generally with the roughly 1,000,000 Torontonians who are nominally Catholic, and finally with other Catholic District School Board Trustees in Ontario. 

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Doug Ford wants sheriff-mayors: a law to increase their powers

TORONTO – The mayor? Better if he’s a “sheriff”, according to Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who is considering new legislation that would give to the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa new powers and a potential veto on the city council, according to reports earlier by the Toronto Star and then from Global News. The Ford government is therefore working on legislation that should grant greater powers to mayors, as well as allow them to address the issue of housing accessibility with more room for maneuver.  (more…)

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LTCH in Ontario, Covid-19 outbreaks more than doubled

TORONTO – Covid-19 outbreaks more than doubled in Ontario’s long-term care homes (LTCH) in the first week of July, according to Public Health Ontario. In the latest weekly report, 42 new outbreaks were recorded in the sector during the week from 3 July to 9 July. This is a 110% increase over the 20 new outbreaks reported the previous week. According to ministerial data, there are 757 active cases among residents and 383 among LTCH personnel.  (more…)

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Cosa sta succedendo a Brampton?

TORONTO – Mi vengono in mente le immagini di una “sparatoria all’OK Corral”. Per i seguaci della tradizione e della leggenda del Wild West americano in cui una banda di teppisti ha regolato i propri conti con un’altra fuori da un fienile attraverso l’uso abile di armi da fuoco piuttosto che con il dibattito in un tribunale. Il modo americano. O l’usanza inglese a’ la Guerra delle Due Rose. O i gangster americani che si spartiscono territori nei centri urbani… Read More in Corriere Canadese >>> 


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