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Joe Ingino

THE BROKEN BLUE MACHINE
The Conservatives will follow Andrew Scheer into the 2019
election, after the young Saskatchewan MP won an upset victory at the party’s leadership convention in Toronto Saturday night. So read the headlines of most newspapers…
Andrew WHO!!!
Really!!! Who is this Andrew Scheer? Who ever heard of him? You got to recognize when you are beaten and left for dead… The Liberal Party in my opinion got it right. During the last Federal election. They had no one in their stable of possible candidates that stood any chance of winning. So what did the Liberals do… revive a dead horse. The Trudeau brand was once again brought to the Canadian political spot light.
The Liberals put their bets on a dead horse written by a pretty boy with no real experience at anything. Just that his last name was Trudeau.
And much like Trump won the U.S. election on name recognition. Trudeau was crowned King of Canada.
A man that lived as the prince of Canada for years in the shadows of his father Pierre Trudeau. A man that revolutionized Canadian politics and gave the Liberal party a point of reference.
A point of reference that made his brand stand out as the champion of the people.
Like really… Who is doing the thinking for the conservatives? Do you really think that this Andrew Scheer has a chance?
Really…. Do you not think that Jagmeet Singh the upcoming NDP candidate could win? With the huge population of South/East and Central Asia population in Canada? Do you not think that this is the trojan horse awaiting on the side lines to truly change the face of Canadian
politics?
Really, nose bleed Andrew who… Poster boy for Wonder Bread is going to take out King Trudeau or stand a chance against the huge East/South Asian population in Canada?
Really… First question.
Who does Andrew appeal to? The conservative party? What party?
The conservative following? Where were they during the last election?
If I was at the helm of the conservative party I would have brought back Preston Manning to resurrect the conservative party. There is a candidate with a solid name and one that truly worked for the betterment of Canadians at large. A man that built a party from grass roots only to be taken out by the conservatives greed. Ernest Preston Manning, PC CC AOE is a conservative Canadian politician. He was the only leader of the Reform Party of Canada, a Canadian federal political party that evolved into the Canadian Alliance.
Sad to see this exceptional candidate not recognized for his true potential and shun out for being a one man show.
Something Canada truly needs. We do not need the NDP to strong arm us into the possible acceptance of Sharia law. We can’t afford to keep spending money we don’t have through the Liberals sponsorship of refugees and foreign aid to save the globe.
Come on people. We need true leadership. We need someone that is not about the party but about the hard working Canadian that struggles to pay his/her bills. To the Canadian that can’t afford the simplest of necessities. To the middle class families that work like modern day slaves to give their children an adequate way of life.
The best the conservatives could come up with is this “YES” man Andrew. Are you kidding me? Maybe Trump is right. The system is broken and the swamp of greed and pathetic politics needs to be exposed. Much as he is doing in the U.S. Go Trump Go. Invade Canada please before we are invaded from within.

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

Province Increasing Protections and Holding Traffickers Accountable
As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation that would, if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create two statutes, Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017 and Human Trafficking Awareness Day Act, 2017. These statutes, if passed, would:
Allow individuals to apply for restraining orders against human traffickers
Make it easier for survivors of human trafficking to get compensation from those who trafficked them
Proclaim February 22 of each year as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario.
In addition to these two new acts, the province has made two regulatory changes that would help survivors of human trafficking by allowing them to sue those who have been convicted of trafficking them for emotional distress and allowing community organizations that support survivors of trafficking to apply for grant funding under Ontario’s Civil Remedies Act, 2001.
The Strategy to End Human Trafficking, launched in June 2016, aims to increase awareness and coordination, enhance justice-sector initiatives and improve survivors’ access to services. It also reflects the diverse perspectives of survivors, front-line community agencies, public safety representatives, and Indigenous organizations.
Supporting survivors and protecting those at risk of trafficking is a part of the government’s vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety — free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence.

Unifor applauds ruling for union democracy

Unifor calls on the international Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to respect Tuesday’s court ruling and the democratic rights of ATU Local 113 members.
“The court ruled clearly and decisively, this is a victory for democracy in the Canadian labor movement that restores the rights of union members,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “It is clear that the ATU international body imposed trusteeship to quash dissent and threaten members.”
On February 21, the Superior Court ruled that the trusteeship should end, Bob Kinnear should be reinstated and members’ democratic rights should be restored. The judge, Justice Penny, said “I find that the international has used the trusteeship to silence opposition and to spread misinformation to the members.” It is clear with the court ruling, at twitdoc.com/7IYB that the ATU international used incredibly aggressive tactics to mislead, intimidate and withhold information to members.
Dias said, “The actions of the ATU are unconscionable and illegal. But justice has been restored and democracy will prevail in Canadian unions.”
The Toronto Transit union Local 113 was placed in trusteeship by its American parent on Friday, February 3 after the Local filed a complaint with the Canadian Labour Congress. When trusteeship occurred, Unifor offered its support to the ATU Local 113 President to defend the principles of democracy and democratic governance for every union.
“This is a compelling landmark ruling that will change the landscape of Canadian unions, it is about freedom of choice,” said Dias.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.

WHO IS THIS SUPER MAN?

Who is this almost super man?
Well, his name is “Chuck” KONKEL and he is seeking the Provincial Conservative Party nomination for Oshawa.
I call “Chuck” a superman because he has lived a life that most of us dream of.
Now, “Chuck” for all his accomplishments is a very sincere and humble man.
His life time dedication to humanity truly makes him a super man amongst men.
Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Chuck KONKEL came to Canada as a refugee. His father was a Polish war veteran who survived incarceration in three prison camps and a concentration camp. Growing up in Hamilton, Chuck paid for his university education by working in the open hearth at Stelco where his father, now deceased, was shop steward for local 1005 United Steelworkers of America. His mother was a school principal in Holland When she came to Canada she cleaned doctor’s offices eventually becoming a grade school teacher and ultimately a senior operating room nurse at Henderson General Hospital. His mother is alive and well and 101 years old, living at home and cared for daily by a remarkable team of personal support workers.
Chuck has a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and is multi-lingual. He served as an officer cadet in the Canadian Armed Forces and an Inspector in the Royal Hong Kong Police.
He was the liaison officer to the civilian head of the Toronto Police Services Board and has worked for three Police Chairs in that capacity. He has been Government Affairs Officer of the Toronto Police Service, on the staff of two Chief’s of Police and adjutant to several Deputy Chiefs of Police. In 1997, he was a finalist for the position of Chief of Police in Hamilton Wentworth.
He has worked in all areas of policing including uniform, investigative, community policing and planning and is the recipient of several police awards and commendations for bravery and exceptional investigation; including Policeman of the Month. He has managed police budgets of 178 million dollars and come in under budget in each case.
Konkel is an acknowledged international expert in the fields of Asian and Eastern European Organized Crime. He was a senior investigator in the Special Enforcement Unit- the organized crime squad in the GTA, a posting that enabled him to be one of the few Canadian police officers ever to travel to Moscow to execute a criminal search warrant. He was in charge of the first successful Canadian computer child pornography investigation, several major Canadian counterfeit credit card investigations and the arrest of two Canadians involved in the smuggling of 300 stolen cars from North America to Eastern Europe. He put in place the entire Program for police personnel and victims of Hate Crime in Ontario; a program that has been adopted by the Government of Canada and is currently in advance of the American model. He was awarded the Bnai Brith Humanitarian award for these efforts.
Chuck has developed the internal auditing standards for the Toronto Police that form the basis for policing standards for all forces in the Province of Ontario.
Konkel has lectured at the FBI Academy Quantico and Polish National Police Academy; among others. He has also lectured at the University of Leeds on the subject of hate crime in the European context and has been a regular guest lecturer on government management practice at both Queens and University of Toronto MBA program mes.
A recipient of the Hong Kong Police Medal and Poland’s Order of St Brigitte, in addition to The Canada 125 medal for his contributions to policing; Konkel has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Letters and authored an international best selling novel about the last years of Hong Kong. He was a regular on national television and appeared on radio/television programs internationally, including the American Larry King show; Tom Snider and Bob Grant on CBS radio nation-wide. He has been book reviewer for both the Globe and Mail and a national chain of newspapers and was an instructor of globalization economics and media relations at a major Canadian college for a decade. He completed a political/crime thriller for Harper Collins that was set in Mexico which was released in the Fall 2000 and is working on a third novel.
Chuck has been happily married to his wife Robin for 38 years. Robin and Chuck have a daughter, Laura, who is completing her articulating at a major Canadian law firm.
When Chuck was asked about his vision for Oshawa he said,
“My vision of Oshawa includes:
In as much as Oshawa is the largest Ontario city along the St Lawrence east of Toronto and, next to Ottawa, the second largest Ontario city east of Toronto; it is legitimately deserving of provincial focus.
The GO transit hub and 401/407 highways currently move persons to work to and from Toronto and York Region. It is nearing gridlock.
Oshawa has at the apex of a remarkable transit confluence to the east coast of Canada and all the large cities on the eastern seaboard of the United States.
The Port of Oshawa can, and should, be developed in a manner which is environmentally friendly and open to the residents rather than condominium developers (as is the case in nearby jurisdictions) while being supportive of industry and the transportation of goods and services created there. It is important to ensure this balance is both viable and equitable.
The future intelligent growth of Oshawa lies in the new Pickering airport. Its inception will ease congestion, bring with it long term jobs and greatly improve movement of goods and persons for both Oshawa and Durham region
I propose an energetic focus on creating gainful employment in the City of Oshawa by creating a business climate to attract and retain meaningful business. That focus includes ensuring provincial funds are directed to the creation of a provincial ministerial presence in the City of Oshawa.
Oshawa has a skilled labor force and is home to an innovative and truly trans formative educational institution- The Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology- which can adapt to new age industries which should be attracted to the City. Formal education should be linked to meaningful jobs; jobs which reflect not only the needs of respective industries but also the long term aspirations of a community. To this end, provincial ministries should work with locally elected officials to ensure relevant long term employment.
I propose working with employers, unions, non-union entities representing workers, and city officials to ensure Oshawa retains, expands and, over time, enhances its skilled labor base.
I believe that Oshawa is the regional hub of Durham Region and this reality should reflect in its infrastructure, planning and growth. It is not a satellite city of Toronto but an historically important city in Canada.
I believe Oshawa is only beginning to realize its true potential. It will require engagement and leadership and a new way of doing business, a way that includes all levels of government and all parts of the community.”

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Government of Canada launches consultations and advisory committee

– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today launched two initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a ministerial advisory committee on poverty. By opening the dialogue on how to reduce poverty, the Government of Canada reiterate its commitment to find solutions to improve the economic well-being of all Canadian families so they can have a real and fair chance to succeed.

The nation-wide consultation process will give Canadians an opportunity to have their say on reducing poverty through a Poverty Reduction Strategy engagement website, including discussion forums and online town halls. The online engagement will be complemented by roundtables with provincial, territorial and municipal governments; Indigenous organizations; businesses; community organizations; academic experts and Canadians who have experienced poverty. The Government of Canada will also work with Indigenous organizations to ensure the participation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in the consultations. The input and feedback collected will provide valuable information which will help shape the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Government also launched a call for nominations to invite interested individuals who have experience with poverty and poverty reduction to apply for the ministerial advisory committee on poverty.

The advisory committee’s work will complement these public consultations. The committee will act as a sounding board and a forum for in-depth discussion on issues related to poverty reduction. Specifically, the committee’s role will be to discuss and test ideas generated in the public consultations and provide independent expertise and advice on issues that could include:

  • identifying priority areas of action;
  • aligning federal government actions to reduce poverty with those of the provinces and territories; and
  • replicating innovative approaches to poverty reduction at the national level.

The committee will be composed of leaders, practitioners, and experts in poverty reduction from areas such as academia, service delivery and business, as well as international academics or researchers on poverty. It will also include people who have experienced poverty.

Another initiative to support the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy—the Tackling Poverty Together (TPT) research project—was announced in September 2016. Work is currently underway in Saint John, and will continue in Trois-Rivières, Regent Park (Toronto), Winnipeg, Tisdale, and Yellowknife. This analytical research project will involve case studies of six communities across Canada that are concerned about poverty issues. The project will assess the impact of federal poverty reduction programs locally in communities, based on the opinions of citizens including people with experience of poverty.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada has invested in a range of initiatives to support poverty reduction including: the Canada Child Benefit, increases to the Old Age Security’s Guaranteed Income Supplement, the Canada Learning Bond and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

Quote

“Poverty is a complex issue that affects more than 3 million Canadians. It has many faces—children and families, seniors, Indigenous people, people with disabilities and immigrants. We need to work together with our partners, and with all Canadians, to find a solution. Every Canadian should have the chance to build a good life for themselves and their families. We need to hear from you about how we can make it happen.
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Erin O’Toole Announces Plan to Restore Canada’s Place in the World

Erin O’Toole Announces Plan to Restore Canada’s Place in the World

 

Halifax, Nova Scotia; February 2, 2016

 

Today, Erin O’Toole announced his plan to restore Canada’s principled foreign policy. His detailed plan will ensure that Canada will once again stand with our allies for security at home and play a role in global security commensurate with our size, abilities and values as a nation.

 

An Erin O’Toole Government will implement a principled foreign policy, including:

  • Support Israel as a democratic, Jewish state with secure borders, including by ending Canadian funding for UNRWA, vocally opposing efforts to isolate Israel, and establishing an exchange program between the CAF and the IDF;
  • Stand up to Russian Aggression, including by implementing the Ukraine-Canada Defence and Security Cooperation Agreement;
  • Advocate for Free Trade and vigorously defend Canadian interests in trade disputes;
  • Strengthen our relationship with the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, key traditional allies, Commonwealth members and partners by taking a lead role in promoting a Canada-UK-Australia-New Zealand trade and security pact, which could include reciprocal freedom to live, work, and invest in these four like-minded countries and a defence partnership;
  • Push for UN reform instead of sacrificing our principles in a bid for a Security Council seat; and
  • Recognize that China presents economic opportunities for Canada but that we can’t allow those opportunities to blind us to human rights abuses, hacking and corporate espionage and increasingly worrisome signs of expansionism in the South China Sea.

 

O’Toole released his full, detailed plan for Canadian foreign policy, entitled Restoring Canada’s Place in the World, available at https://erinotoole.ca/restoring-canadas-place/

 

Quotes:  

“I will restore Canada’s place as a dependable ally and principled voice for freedom and democracy around the world. – Erin O’Toole, MP Durham (Ontario).   

 

“The Trudeau Liberals have brought us back to the failed era of Liberal foreign policy – appeasing dictators, abandoning our friends, and pursuing the myth of Canada as an ‘honest broker’ without interests in the world. It is clear Justin Trudeau is willing to sacrifice our security and relationships and risk the lives of Canadian soldiers in his multi-year bid to curry favour for a non-permanent Security Council Seat.” – Erin O’Toole, MP Durham (Ontario).   

Joe Ingino

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Logic
By Joe Ingino b.a.
Editor/Publisher

“I live a dream in a nightmare world”

TO CARD OR NOT TO CARD THIS IS THE DILEMMA
The media has given Peel Region quite a beating over it’s practice of CARDING. Carding, which is officially known as the Community Contacts Policy, is an intelligence gathering policy of the Toronto Police Service involving the stopping, questioning, and documenting of individuals when no particular offense is being investigated.
The big question is why is carding such an issue in a municipality like Peel? Secondly why are people wanting to take power away from the police?
The issue has been played as a racial one. Those opposing carding claim that some ethnic groups have been targeted by police.
In my opinion life is simple. So why complicate it? If you have nothing hide you have nothing to worry about. I would actually welcome being carded as I would know the police have me in their records in case of emergency and or actual incident. Those opposing carding play the race card when they should be gathering their race types and educate them on portraying to the general public a less of criminal element.
Let’s be real. If you look like trouble. Trouble will find you. Black/white/green or purple. I am against taking away police tools to keep us safe. It is not about freedoms and rights. It is about being responsible and protecting the community from those that look threatening. We in North America are playing a dangerous game. It appears that it has become chic to oppose police. It appears that every time an officer makes a mistake for whatever reason. The media is quick to create a sense of injustice and hysteria. This is wrong. We forget that police officers have one of the toughest jobs. They go out there day in and day out and have to face some of the most disturbing situations. From a mere traffic stop, that could cost an officers life. To murders and riots. What is going to end up happening is we are going to turn our police services from serving and protecting to answering calls to pick up pieces. No officer wants to discharge their weapon. No officer wants to take people into custody. Circumstance/timing and environment play a key role. By adding the fear to officer of legal persecution ontop of loss of life and possible liability. What we will end up getting are competent cops leaving the force. This forcing the police services to lower the standards even more to fill the gaps. This producing what I call ‘THIRD WORLD COPS’. Cops with little or no education. Limited training, that are willing to work for next to nothing and are dispensable.
With our population on the rise across North America. Crime is and has become more a priority. Policing is the key to keeping our societies civil. By weakening the power of the police we are weakening our safety. I personally think that they should be teaching at schools respect for the police and what to do when an officer approaches. On the other side of the coin. I think police officers need to get more training in how to cope with stress and situations that put them in extreme duress to make extraordinary decisions. I do not think that if an act by police is intentional and out of malice and or with some sort of personal agenda should not go reprimanded. Simple rule you break the law you have to pay. But as society we must be sensitive to the profession. I say if you have nothing to hide. Why oppose carding? We need to keep the criminals and those with intent off our streets.

Premier Unveils First Refurbished Polar Bear Express Passenger Coach

Premier Unveils First Refurbished Polar Bear Express Passenger Coach

August 12, 2016

Investments in the North Announced During Week-long Trip

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in North Bay today to unveil the first of 16 refurbished passenger coaches as part of the renewal of the Polar Bear Express train. Ontario’s $17-million investment in the Polar Bear Express will upgrade and modernize a rail service that provides an essential link for people and businesses in the North — the only year-round ground transportation connecting Cochrane to Moosonee and the James Bay Coast. The refurbished rail cars will improve the travel experience for passengers, offering them new seats with electrical and USB charging, accessible washrooms, modern flooring, enhanced luggage space, comfortable dining cars and a family car.
This is one of a series of announcements the Premier made during her week-long trip to Northern Ontario to help deliver on the government’s commitments to support job creation, economic growth and quality of life across the North. Other highlights of the trip include:

  • Announcing an investment of $2.3 million for five film and TV productions shooting in Sudbury, while touring the TV set for Letterkenny, a successful comedy series
  • Announcing $2.5 million in funding over three years for a pilot project for five rural health hubs — four of them in the North — while at the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre
  • Announcing an increase of $120 million in funding to repair and renew schools across the North, while at Northern Heights Public School in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Attending a federal government announcement in Dryden to welcome its partnership in supporting the Experimental Lakes Area
  • Highlighting the province’s investments in economic development through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) during an NOHFC board meeting in Kenora
  • Announcing expanded health care services for Indigenous people, while at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
  • Announcing $1.5 million in support for a project to improve the Town of Moosonee’s water supply through the Ontario Community Investment Fund, which is helping hundreds of small, rural and northern municipalities build and repair key infrastructure.

Later today, the Premier will be in New Liskeard to make an announcement about supporting agricultural expansion in the North.

Investing in Northern Ontario is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Polar Bear Express is being refurbished by the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. The project is supporting 25 local jobs in North Bay.
  • The Polar Bear Express has operated continuously for over 50 years. More than 55,000 passengers travel on the train each year.
  • The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario is helping to build a resilient and sustainable regional economy — with a focus on 11 existing and emerging priority sectors; expanding education, training and career opportunities for northerners; and attracting people and investments.
  • Since 2013, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has made total investments of more than $406 million across Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.2 billion in direct economic activity and helping to create or sustain almost 9,200 jobs.
  • During her trip, the Premier was in Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, Elliot Lake, Blind River, Sault Ste. Marie, Batchawana Bay, Wawa, Fort Frances, Emo, Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Moosonee, Moose Factory, North Bay, New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUOTES

“Our government is building a strong economy for Northern Ontario that creates good jobs and supports vibrant communities. Through the initiatives I announced this week, including the refurbished Polar Bear Express, we are building on the North’s many strengths to ensure that people have the opportunities they need to live healthy and prosperous lives.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“Our government remains committed to ensuring that Northern communities and industries benefit from viable, efficient and sustainable transportation systems. The new equipment on the Polar Bear Express will go miles in supporting this goal and in supporting transformation at Ontario Northland.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“We are proud to deliver the first car of the Polar Bear Express remanufacturing project. The refurbished equipment has been thoughtfully built to meet the needs of our passengers, and it showcases the quality refurbishment work produced by our Remanufacturing and Repair Centre.”
— Corina Moore, President and CEO, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission

Ontario Releases Progress Report on Community Hubs

Ontario Releases Progress Report on Community Hubs

August 12, 2016

Province Focused on Supporting Local Hubs, Improving Services for Ontarians

Ontario is releasing a new report highlighting progress made over the past year on establishing and strengthening community hubs across the province.
The report — prepared by the province’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group — describes advances Ontario is making to support and enable the establishment and ongoing success of local community hubs in order to better serve Ontarians and their communities.

Highlights include:

  • Increasing the number of potential partners that can buy or lease surplus school property for community use before it gets circulated on the open market
  • Investing nearly $90 million to create spaces in schools for community use and expand child care and child and family support services
  • Simplifying the funding application process and expanding eligibility to support integration of multiple health and social services under one roof
  • Continuing work to develop a resource network to help service providers connect with each other and tap into the wealth of knowledge in the sector
  • Launching a common registration portal this fall to reduce administrative burdens for transfer payment recipients.

Supporting strong communities is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the fu ture by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUICK FACTS

  • Community hubs provide the public with one central point of access for a range of services, such as health, social or education services, along with cultural and recreational spaces to nourish community life.
  • In 2015, the government committed to implementing all 27 recommendations from Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, a report prepared by the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group. The recommendations support coordinated planning, client-focused service delivery and maximizing the use of public properties for community benefits.
  • Karen Pitre will continue to serve as the Premier’s Special Advisor on Community Hubs through 2016-17 to guide the implementation of community hubs initiatives.
  • During its 2015 engagement process, the Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group identified close to 60 community hubs that are already established or in the planning stages in rural, suburban and urban neighbourhoods across Ontario. Communities are invited to share their local stories and examples at ontario.ca/communityhubs.
  • Ontario hosted a series of forums about how the government and its local partners can better support the integrated and long-term planning of community-based services.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUOTES

“On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend my sincere congratulations and gratitude to the local champions and partners who work tirelessly to innovate and serve their communities. The progress report highlights just a fraction of the excellent community building they have done over the years. I want to thank the Advisory Group and all of our partners for giving their time and expertise. I look forward to continuing our work together as we build strong communities in every corner of Ontario.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“I am very encouraged by the significant progress made to date, and excited to further develop community hubs initiatives in my new role as the Minister of Infrastructure. I am confident that we will use this unique opportunity make better use of public properties, encourage the creation of multi-use spaces, and help communities establish financially sustainable hub models.”
— Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

“Community hubs are about bringing services together to better serve people and their communities. I am honoured to continue to serve as the Premier’s Special Advisor on Community Hubs to lead and advise on the implementation of the framework and action plan. I look forward to continuing to work with partners on these initiatives to improve the lives of Ontarians in their communities.”
— Karen Pitre, Special Advisor to the Premier on Community Hubs

MPP McNaughton: Life is Harder Under the Wynne Liberals

MPP McNaughton: Life is Harder Under the Wynne Liberals

36,000 Jobs Lost in July, Including 18,900 Full-Time Jobs

 

QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Ontario PC Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Critic Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) discussed Ontario’s disappointing job numbers, which were released by Stats Canada today.

 

“Last month, Ontario lost 36,000 jobs, with full-time workers making up the bulk of these positions. Unfortunately for these individuals, the Wynne Liberals continue to get the fundamentals wrong and this is costing jobs and hurting our provincial economy,” said McNaughton. “I continually hear from job creators, entrepreneurs, innovators, and families all across Ontario that sky-high hydro rates, layers of unnecessary red tape, and now taxes on top of taxes are all costing us good jobs right here in Ontario.”

 

In addition to the key fundamentals highlighted, McNaughton also encouraged the government to improve their transparency and accountability. McNaughton has written three separate letters requesting Ontario Minister of Economic Development & Growth Brad Duguid to come clean and release all information related to corporate grants funded by his ministry.

 

“According to the province’s blue-ribbon report on business support programs, Ontario spends nearly $5 billion per year on various direct and indirect business subsidies and tax credits,” said McNaughton. “Taxpayers deserve to know who this money is going to, and what they’re getting in return for these so-called ‘investments.’ I’ve written to Minister Brad Duguid three times asking him to come clean and release the information on all corporate and business grants made by his Ministry since 2004.”

 

Previously both the Auditor General and the Financial Accountability Officer have reported being stonewalled from accessing important financial information. Likewise, it has now been over 200 days since McNaughton first wrote Minister Brad Duguid and requested access to this information.

 

“Why are Minister Brad Duguid and Premier Kathleen Wynne refusing to answer my simple request? Do they think that the taxpayers of Ontario are not entitled to know how and where their tax dollars are being spent?” questioned McNaughton. “Brad Duguid should immediately come clean and release the details for the billions of dollars in government supports coming from his Ministry.”

 

Along with urging the government to get the fundaments right, McNaughton stated that he will continue to press the province for answers to his previous requests for openness and transparency.

 

“With sky-high hydro rates, layers and layers of job-choking red tape, a growing tax burden and lackluster wage growth, it’s easy to see why last month, Ontario lost 36,000 jobs,” summarized McNaughton. “It’s clear that life is harder under the Wynne Liberals.”

Category Archives: POLITICS

Joe Ingino

THE BROKEN BLUE MACHINE The Conservatives will follow Andrew Scheer into the 2019 election, after the young Saskatchewan MP won an upset victory at the party’s leadership convention in Toronto Saturday night. So read the headlines of most newspapers… Andrew WHO!!! Really!!! Who is this Andrew Scheer? Who ever heard of him? You got to…

Ontario Introduces Legislation to Protect Human Trafficking Survivors

Province Increasing Protections and Holding Traffickers Accountable As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation that would, if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create two statutes, Prevention of and Remedies for…

Unifor applauds ruling for union democracy

Unifor calls on the international Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) to respect Tuesday’s court ruling and the democratic rights of ATU Local 113 members. “The court ruled clearly and decisively, this is a victory for democracy in the Canadian labor movement that restores the rights of union members,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said. “It is…

WHO IS THIS SUPER MAN?

Who is this almost super man? Well, his name is “Chuck” KONKEL and he is seeking the Provincial Conservative Party nomination for Oshawa. I call “Chuck” a superman because he has lived a life that most of us dream of. Now, “Chuck” for all his accomplishments is a very sincere and humble man. His life…

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

Canadians will have their say on the country’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Government of Canada launches consultations and advisory committee – The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, today launched two initiatives to support the development of Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: a nation-wide consultation process and a call for nominations for a…

Erin O’Toole Announces Plan to Restore Canada’s Place in the World

Erin O’Toole Announces Plan to Restore Canada’s Place in the World   Halifax, Nova Scotia; February 2, 2016   Today, Erin O’Toole announced his plan to restore Canada’s principled foreign policy. His detailed plan will ensure that Canada will once again stand with our allies for security at home and play a role in global…

Joe Ingino

10.11.16 Logic By Joe Ingino b.a. Editor/Publisher “I live a dream in a nightmare world” TO CARD OR NOT TO CARD THIS IS THE DILEMMA The media has given Peel Region quite a beating over it’s practice of CARDING. Carding, which is officially known as the Community Contacts Policy, is an intelligence gathering policy of…

Premier Unveils First Refurbished Polar Bear Express Passenger Coach

Premier Unveils First Refurbished Polar Bear Express Passenger Coach August 12, 2016 Investments in the North Announced During Week-long Trip Premier Kathleen Wynne was in North Bay today to unveil the first of 16 refurbished passenger coaches as part of the renewal of the Polar Bear Express train. Ontario’s $17-million investment in the Polar Bear…

Ontario Releases Progress Report on Community Hubs

Ontario Releases Progress Report on Community Hubs August 12, 2016 Province Focused on Supporting Local Hubs, Improving Services for Ontarians Ontario is releasing a new report highlighting progress made over the past year on establishing and strengthening community hubs across the province. The report — prepared by the province’s Community Hubs Framework Advisory Group —…

MPP McNaughton: Life is Harder Under the Wynne Liberals

MPP McNaughton: Life is Harder Under the Wynne Liberals 36,000 Jobs Lost in July, Including 18,900 Full-Time Jobs   QUEEN’S PARK – This morning, Ontario PC Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Critic Monte McNaughton (Lambton-Kent-Middlesex) discussed Ontario’s disappointing job numbers, which were released by Stats Canada today.   “Last month, Ontario lost 36,000 jobs, with…