Guelph NDP Picks a Fight with Schreiner Over Toll Roads

In what might be a sign that people are realizing that the Provincial Election is now a year-and-a-half away, the Guelph riding association of the Ontario New Democrats sent a press release to the media that didn’t attack the current Provincial government, but attacked the current MPP of Guelph instead. The president of the Guelph NDP is calling out Mike Schreiner for being the odd man out and not supporting an NDP private members bill. Continue reading “Guelph NDP Picks a Fight with Schreiner Over Toll Roads”

Commission Says Long-Term Care Homes Need More People, More Time

It’s one of the worst kept secrets of the pandemic that it has disproportionately affected long-term care homes and the elderly. According to the people charged with investigating those effects, 55 per cent of long-term care homes have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, and 75 per cent of all COVID fatalities were in long-term care, and as we enter the second wave, those investigators have come forward with some immediate advice. Continue reading “Commission Says Long-Term Care Homes Need More People, More Time”

York Region Joins Other Areas Back in Stage 2

In what’s become a regular Friday occurrence for the last month, the end of the week came with an adjustment to the re-opening guidelines as the Government of Ontario tries again to slow the spread of COVID-19. This week, York Region joins Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa in Stage 2 as Ontario continues to deal with hundreds of new cases of the virus every day in a growing number of hot spots. Continue reading “York Region Joins Other Areas Back in Stage 2”

Back to Stage 2 for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa

The ever increasing number of new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, especially in the three specific areas of Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa, has prompted the Government of Ontario to set back their re-openings. Starting Saturday at 12:01 am, those select areas of Ontario will roll back to Stage 2, as the Government of Ontario tries to avoid a post-holiday weekend flare up of the coronavirus. Continue reading “Back to Stage 2 for Toronto, Peel and Ottawa”

Guelph COVID Testing Centre is Now Only Taking Appointments by Phone

Like other COVID-19 testing centres and assessment clinics across the province, the Guelph clinic is now moving to a model of accepting appointments for testing by phone only. At the same time, the Provincial government is touting its record of testing and its commitment to add capacity despite the fact that the medical staff on the frontlines of testing are overwhelmed. Continue reading “Guelph COVID Testing Centre is Now Only Taking Appointments by Phone”

The Carbon Tax Sticker Saga Comes to an End

If you like your anti-carbon tax sticker, you can keep your anti-carbon tax sticker, but you don’t have to put them up on your gas pumps anymore, and you don’t have to replace them if they’re torn down. Ontario’s Minister of Energy released a statement this morning that said that they will no longer pursue the much criticized policy after a year-long court fight. Continue reading “The Carbon Tax Sticker Saga Comes to an End”

Province Releases New Public Health Measures to Stop COVID Spread

Concerns about the consistent increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario has prompted the Provincial government to impose some new restrictions aimed at trying to get the new case count down to something more reasonable. Cancel all your late night plans, and any planned outing to a gentlemen’s club, the Government of Ontario has got some new rules for you. Continue reading “Province Releases New Public Health Measures to Stop COVID Spread”

Ontario Government Changes Testing Guidelines as Hospitals Advice Restrictions

The big COVID-19 news this week, aside from the steady increase in cases, has been the issues of overwhelmed testing centres across the province, including in our own area. On Thursday, the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health issued changes to who gets a test and when as a way of taking the pressure off testing centres set up by public health, and ahead of the first testing clinics that are set to open in 60 Ontario pharmacies. Continue reading “Ontario Government Changes Testing Guidelines as Hospitals Advice Restrictions”

Schreiner Pushes for Green Economic Recovery Plan in Private Members Bill

How we encourage the economy to come back as we try to make it out of the other side of this pandemic is a big question all governments are grappling with, and so are opposition Members of Provincial Parliament. At a media availability today, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner unveiled his latest private members bill, which encourages the Government of Ontario to start a province-wide retrofit program. Continue reading “Schreiner Pushes for Green Economic Recovery Plan in Private Members Bill”

Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters

The Progressive Conservatives were elected by Ontarians over two years, which puts us more than halfway through their mandate. Things have changed a lot in those last two years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the PC government under Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want you to see the mandate letters issued back in June 2018. Continue reading “Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters”