TORONTO – More than half of Toronto’s City Council has signed a letter urging Premier Doug Ford and Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs Steve Clark to reconsider the “infamous” Bill 39 which gives John Tory “powers special” to speed up the construction of new housing: in particular, the “super-mayor” can govern with a third of the votes instead of a majority. A slap to democracy, according to the 15 councilors who signed the document. (more…)
TORONTO – Canada’s federal government was able to rapidly distribute Covid vaccines and pandemic benefits to help individuals and businesses, but wasted millions of doses and awarded billions of benefits to ineligible individuals: that’s what was stated today by the Auditor General, Karen Hogan (in the pic above, from today’s conference on YouTube), who gave the government led by Justin Trudeau a “report card” on the management of the pandemic. (more…)
TORONTO – One placard at the student demonstration before the high school George Harvey/York Memorial last Friday caught my eye “[Teachers] if you don’t act like adults, we will”. (in the pic above – photo Corriere Canadese). It is gone now but for a moment, it came across as a cheeky rebuttal to the news of the previous week when teachers, speaking under cover of anonymity painted a picture of students conducting themselves as hooligans training for criminality.
TORONTO – The federal and provincial government today celebrated the opening of General Motors of Canada’s first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Ingersoll and the build of the first BrightDrop Zevo 600s at the facility, all-electric delivery vans that will help reduce pollution. (more…)
TORONTO – The demonstration by students, on Friday, December 2 (here our article), at the combined high school on Keele Street (George Harvey and York Memorial) was impressive for several reasons. One, it was peaceful and generally well-tempered. Two, at its peak, there were, by my rough count (contested by other Media reports interested in inflating numbers), about 150 participants (just over 10% of the registered student body). Three, students were prepared to deliver a message in response to the extremely negative publicity their school(s) garnered in recent press and media reports.
TORONTO – “Education is a right. Our right. But in our schools, this right is denied to us”. Angry and disappointed, students at York Memorial Collegiate Institute and George Harvey Collegiate Institute (TDSB) protested this morning demanding safer, better equipped, more comfortable schools. School where teachers are present. Schools where the police “who have often terrorized the students” do not intervene. In short, schools where you can study with serenity.
TORONTO – About the waste of vaccines in Ontario denounced on Wednesday by the Auditor General, Prime Minister Doug Ford “wiggles”, but he still sent a loud and clear message to Bonnie Lysyk: “Stay in your lane”. (more…)
TORONTO – We Italians, ususally, are considered “crafty”: people who try to get around the rules to obtain personal advantages. It’s actually a cliché, but even if it were true… well, we found who could compete with us: the Canadians, who would have pocketed 3.2 billion dollars without being entitled to it, by providing false data. (more…)
We publish an update from the Honorable Tony Loffreda (in the pic above), independent Canadian senator, about his work as the sponsor of Bill C-32, the government’s Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022. (more…)
TORONTO – Unbelievable but true: Canada saw stronger-than-expected economic growth in the third quarter, though economists warn the numbers don’t paint such a positive picture. But let’s go in order. (more…)
A nucleus of one hundred (100!) teenagers terrorize victims in a building; beat up teachers; storm the offices of the Administration; intimidate and threaten “the administrators”; compel younger, weaker, kids to engage in fights and in public sex (in every other society that amounts to rape) for the purposes of video transmission; distribute/sell drugs openly; students overdosing in the washrooms. Teachers absent on medical leave, administrators through revolving doors; police absent. (more…)
TORONTO – October and November have not been good months for Education systems and classroom experiences in GTA schools. Leaving the impact of spreading respiratory and seasonal virus to one side, some school boards have become downright toxic for students and parents concerned for their safety.
TORONTO – More and more people in Ontario are turning to food banks, according to a new report by Feed Ontario, a collective of 1,200 food banks affiliated with other organizations addressing food insecurity. (more…)
TORONTO – The action, or non-action, of the school board has left him with no choice but to seek relief in the Court. Phil Horgan, legal counsel to trustee candidate Robert Pella, in Ward 1 of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) issued a Notice of Application in Ontario Superior Court, together with reasons, for an order to recount of the ballots cast in the election held October 24.
TORONTO – So much for the self-serving sanctimony of the woke generation now seemingly in control of institutions and professional associations. The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), between Tuesday the 29th and Wednesday the 30th, will hold a symbolic public execution of one Mr. Michael Del Grande… just to prove a point.
TORONTO – “No one in Canada, not even the Premier and Prime Minister, has the power to govern with a minority vote. You can’t trust anyone with that much power”. This, in a nutshell, is the message that the NDP of Ontario sends to John Tory (in the pic above, from his Twitter profile), inviting him to request the withdrawal of the provincial legislation that gives him almost absolute powers to encourage the construction of new housing. (more…)
TORONTO – An absolute “first” for Super-Tory, today, in the City Council for the assembly that inaugurated the new mandate after the last municipal elections. John Tory once again occupies the Mayor’s seat, but this time with the new powers assigned to him by legislation wanted by the provincial government to speed up the construction of new houses. (more…)
TORONTO – Justin Trudeau’s behavior in the China case “either it’s not honest or it’s not very bright. Which one is it?”: the question come from the opposition parties who consider the prime minister’s response to alleged Chinese interference in the 2019 federal elections insufficient and late. Interferences that were the reason for the clash between Trudeau himself and the Chinese president Xi Jinping at the G20 in Bali (in the pic above) and on which, then, two days ago, the prime minister declared that he had never received any official information from the Canadian intelligence. (more…)
TORONTO – As the longest-serving Italian politician, Giulio Andreotti, used to say, “power wears out those who don’t have it”. Who knows if the aphorism is also valid for the former mayors of Toronto – including David Crombie, Art Eggleton, John Sewell, Barbara Hall and David Miller – who wrote a letter to mayor John Tory asking him to “reject” the provincial law that will give him more powers, in particular that of passing laws with only the support of the minority. An at least curious request, that of asking a politician to give up having more power. Especially if it comes from other politicians who have held that same position. But let’s go in order. (more…)
TORONTO – Great success for the tenth edition of the Pentola d’Oro Awards, the annual gala organized by the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) which promotes food and wine excellence and rewards companies and individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the culinary industry in Ontario.
TORONTO – It seems that “experts” have entered the debate on the charade that has come to define “human rights” issues at the Halton District School Board (HDSB). Not to put too fine a point on it, the school board and its administration are either incompetent fools or they have drunk the proverbial Kool Aid.
TORONTO – The Ontario government’s legislative activity continues aimed at making the priority of the Province more easily implemented: to build 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years. (more…)
TORONTO – The Church and her congregation are losing more and more of their irreplaceable asset, the men and women who heed a calling, a vocation. Ralph Paonessa, American born and bred, came to Toronto to do God’s bidding in the city’s Italian community in 1964.
BALI – All eyes were on her: the only female premier among the Big Twenty on the planet, 19 to 1. And she, Giorgia Meloni, did not let the opportunity slip away. “Italy was the protagonist of this G20, there was a lot of curiosity and attention around us. Certainly also the fact that Italy was the only nation represented by a female head of government” said the Italian premier at the end of the G20, held until today in Indonesia. (more…)
TORONTO – The Canadian housing market continues to show signs of cooling. Last month the volume of home sales fell by more than a third compared to last year’s boom periods, and prices have also fallen by almost 10% since then.
TORONTO – Italian cuisine is the best in the world. There’s no need to be “politically correct”, in this case: it’s ascertained. The best, the healthiest, the most creative.
TORONTO – Yes to masks but on an optional basis. As expected, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore “strongly recommended” Ontarioans wear masks in all indoor public settings, including schools and childcare facilities, but went no further. No obligation to use it.
TORONTO – Some “professional” organizations expend fantastic resources to preserve their organizational reputation.
TORONTO – With respiratory diseases rampant and Ontario Children’s Hospitals full over the edge today, Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore will recommend residents of the province wear masks again. This was told to The Canadian Press by two sources close to the government who wished to remain anonymous as they were not authorized to speak about it publicly.
Clear this up now. Who can seek office and who is responsible for the integrity of the electoral process.
TORONTO – “My job is not to send dollars, my job is to make sure that whatever we do helps my colleagues, (provincial) health ministers, to do the difficult and important work they want to do and want to keep doing”. (more…)
TORONTO – This is the week when newly elected trustees engage in two very important exercises.
TORONTO – As expected, negotiations between the Ontario government and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are not the easiest.
TORONTO – In yesterday’s article, we wrote that during the month of September in Ontario the average waiting times for patients who arrive in the emergency room and need to be hospitalized reached 21.3 hours (data from Health Quality Ontario – HQO). If it seemed like a lot to you, when you read it, hold on tight: according to a report from Health Canada obtained by the liberal provincial parliamentarian Adil Shamji and released today, once patients are hospitalized, 90% of them have to wait another 45 hours to complete the visit. (more…)
TORONTO – Although non-teaching staff at Ontario schools have returned to work and negotiations have just resumed, the agreement between the government and CUPE remains a mirage. The parties seem to be still far apart on some key issues. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which has more than 50,000 members among the education support staff, says it will not accept a “two-tier offer” from the province: an uneven wage increase has been reported as part of the latest offer from the Ford government “We have been clear, an agreement will be made with a substantial lump sum increase – reads a statement released yesterday by the bargaining committee – such an offer would not be up to what you workers need to ratify an agreement.”
NEW YORK – “The Power of One”. It is a great exhibit commemorating individuals who, by their strength of character and personal resolve, have made a difference in the spread of human rights and global peace.
TORONTO – Yet another negative record for Ontario hospitals: the average waiting times for patients arriving in the emergency room and needing to be hospitalized reached 21.3 hours in September according to data collected by Health Quality Ontario (HQO ): a considerable increase compared to the already very long average waiting times recorded in August (20.7 hours) and July (20.8 hours). (more…)
VANCOUVER – United front of the provincial and territorial ministries of Health to ask for more federal funding for Canadian health which, amidst staff shortages and a lack of family doctors, is literally on its knees. Today, on the second day of meetings in Vancouver, the holders of the provincial departments have renewed their requests from the federal counterpart: Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. (more…)
TORONTO – It may seem strange but Doug Ford seems to have laid down the hatchet. “We want an agreement that is fair to students, fair to parents, fair to taxpayers, and fair to workers, particularly low-income workers.” Abandoning the strong tones and swaggering attitude of a few days ago, an almost conciliatory Ford during today’s press conference said that when negotiations with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) resume, the government will present “a better offer”. The Ontario premier declined to provide specific details about the government’s proposal, but said the offer is particularly good for workers with the lowest wages.”
TORONTO – Without even waiting for the decision of the Ontario Labour Relations Board to which it had turned to declare illegal the strike of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario government has made a U-turn. Today, during a surprise press conference, Premier Ford announced the decision to revoke the controversial Keeping Students in Class Act “provided that the union agrees to end the strike and continue to negotiate”.
TORONTO – Intelligence officials have warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that China has targeted Canada with a broad campaign of interference, which also includes funding a clandestine network of at least eleven federal candidates running for the 2019 election: the news was published today by Global News, with an article by investigative journalist Sam Cooper on the news agency’s website. (more…)
TORONTO – For some time now, doctors and nurses have been asking the various provincial governments to intervene in a massive way to solve the emergency that afflicts the health system in every area of Canada: patients without a family doctor anymore, emergency rooms stormed , staff shortages in hospitals. (more…)
TORONTO – It is open war between the Government of Ontario and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). On Friday, the first day of the strike by the 55,000 union members employed in schools, thousands of people demonstrated outside Queen’s Park and the offices of Conservative Party provincial MPs. Schools in the province will still be closed tomorrow and, according to union leaders, will remain closed until a collective agreement is signed with the government.
TORONTO – The Ford government and CUPE, the union representing Ontario’s education workers, are on a collision course: today the government hastily approved (it’s happening while we are writing), the controversial decree law prohibiting strikes while tomorrow, not caring about the ban, the 55,000 union members are crossing their arms.
TORONTO – The board of trustees at the Toronto Catholic District School Board is one totally “screwed up“ organization or it is led by some incompetent, malicious staff. For three years, both have been pursuing one of their trustees with a vengeance characteristic of a bitter hatred that frankly we thought was absent from Canadian society. So, what happened?
TORONTO – The average price of a home in Toronto has remained virtually unchanged over the past two months: the market seemed to be on standby, due to a sharp drop in new listings. In fact, the latest data from the Toronto Region Real Estate Board (TRREB) shows that the average sale price across all property types was $ 1,089,428 in October, up from $ 1,086,762 in September. Prices remain down 5.7% from the same period last year, while October is the third consecutive month with little or no change in TRREB’s benchmark index. (more…)
TORONTO – While the government goes ahead to pass the Keeping Students in Schools Act as soon as possible, Education Minister Lecce uses an iron fist with the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Any counter-offer proposed to the government must include the cancellation of the strike scheduled for Friday. “Take the threat off the table and let’s talk about it – said Lecce at a press conference – we were very clear. We are ready to negotiate with those who wish to do so as long as Friday’s strike is called off. We will not accept a strike, neither this Friday nor on any other day.”