Tag Archives: Ontario – Doug Ford

Against whom are the cartel parties waging a war on poverty?

Three of the four political parties of the governing cartel in Ontario have more or less declared war on poverty. What does this signify for the poor for whom or rather against whom war has been declared? Will this declaration eliminate the root cause of poverty and the division of Ontario into social classes of which the most extreme is between rich and poor? A question arises as to how this war on poverty could be conducted and successful if the rich and their representatives are those in charge of the war. One is reminded of the dialectic expressed by Bertold Brecht, “A rich man and a poor man stand and look at each other. The poor man with a twitch says: If I weren’t poor, then you wouldn’t be rich.”

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Injured wokers’ demands

Today, June 1, is Injured Workers’ Day. Below are the demands of the Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign in this election. Please share widely.

To view the full document, including the embedded links, download it here.

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Laura Chesnik, independent candidate in Windsor-Tecumseh, discusses why she is running in the Ontario election

My name is Laura Chesnik. I’m an independent candidate in the June 2 provincial election in the riding of Windsor-Tecumseh.

I’m running so that my fellow citizens can put an MPP in the Legislature who represents themselves and what they need and are struggling to achieve. I’m a teacher who for years has been in the thick of battles to affirm the rights of all.

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Human-centred solutions are urgently required: Open letter to Ford government

The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA), the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-Healthcare and Unifor have denounced the Ford government’s “band aid pay-as-you-vote gimmick,” an offer of a one-time $5,000 payment to some nurses as an incentive not to leave their jobs.

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For your information: Ontario government intent to make emergency measures permanent

On February 11, when announcing his government’s intent to declare a provincial state of emergency to “make it illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services along critical infrastructure,” and giving examples of what this would entail, Premier Doug Ford stated: “While these emergency orders will be temporary, we have every intention to bring new legislation forward that will make these measures permanent in law. We are taking the steps necessary to support our police as they do what it takes to restore law and order.”

Internees being marched off to dinner at the Petawawa internment camp during the First World War. (courtesy Queen’s University)

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For your information: Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Regulation 71/22 re: Critical Infrastructure and Highways

ONTARIO REGULATION 71/22
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND HIGHWAYS

Consolidation Period: From February 14, 2022 to the e-Laws currency date.

Note: This Order is revoked on February 26, 2022, unless it is extended. (See s. 7.0.8 of the Act)

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Ontario Day of Action: Defend the Rights of Residents and Workers in Long-Term Care Homes

The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) together with frontline health and elder care advocate organizations are holding a Day of Action on Long-Term Care in Ontario on October 8 at 11:00 am. The OHC is calling for immediate action by the Ford government to recruit and train staff; improve pay and working conditions and provide full-time work; and to implement a minimum care standard of four hours of hands on care per resident per day. The OHC is also calling for an end to for-profit long-term care. Continue reading

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Stand with health care workers to say No! to Ontario Bill 195! Oppose the violation of workers’ rights in the name of dealing with COVID-19!

The Ontario Nurses Association is organizing pickets against Bill 195, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 introduced July 7 which empowers the Ontario cabinet to continue to enforce temporary orders issued under the COVID-19 state of emergency once the emergency is lifted at the end of July. Continue reading

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Military reports on seniors’ homes in Ontario and Quebec: The crisis reveals that decision-making power must be taken out of the hands of those who are unfit to govern

A serious question arises about why these reports from the Canadian Armed Forces on conditions in long-term care are being given such prominence. The publication of these reports portrays the military as a lead agency in addressing a public health crisis | PEGGY MORTON

Public sector workers demonstrate outside Quebec Premier Legault’s office, May 28, 2020.

 

The release of reports from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) on conditions in long-term care facilities in Ontario and Quebec has been followed by announcements by Premier Doug Ford in Ontario and Premier François Legault in Quebec in which they promise to address the crisis in long-term and seniors’ care. The Ontario report on five long-term care facilities was issued May 20, and released to the media May 26. The report on 25 Quebec homes was released on May 27.

The reports generated major media attention, with the term “abuse” being the most common word used in headlines about the Ontario reports. Continue reading

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No to the glorification of war and occupation in our name at Queen’s Park

Sign condemns Canada’s so-called 3D policy in Afghanistan of “defence, development and diplomacy.”

On June 27 while he was still premier-designate, Doug Ford announced he was going to construct a new war memorial on the grounds of Queen’s Park to those he called the Canadian heroes of the war in Afghanistan. He plans to do this even though there already is a 30-metre Veteran’s Wall on the legislature grounds, erected in 2006, that commemorates Ontarians who served in all of Canada’s military campaigns, including the one in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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Al Quds Toronto Committee rejects accusations made by pro-apartheid lobby group B’nai Brith Canada

In keeping with its tradition of hosting the largest Quds Day rally in North America, Toronto once again maintained this position on June 9. Men, women (young and old) and children from all walks of life and all religions joined this annual event that was held in 800 cities across the world. As is customary, there were Muslim, Christian and Jewish speakers. A large contingent of rabbis from the group, Netura Kartai was also present. The rabbis did not speak because it was Sabbath but a statement was read out on their behalf.  Continue reading

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