Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 230602

As I was mulling over topics for this week’s column, compiling a list in my mind, it occurred to me that I’ve written about healthcare issues several times in recent months. I was about to toss out the topic when … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Artificial Intelligence Needs Regulation to Catch Up

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is here. Once mostly the domain of cautionary science fiction and tech enthusiasts, AI systems have taken off and become mainstream seemingly overnight. Discussions surrounding AI have existed for well over half a century, when noted Computer … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 230526

Ontario is on the fast  track to irreversible environmental ruin. All of us should be concerned. May 26, 2023 Few, or very few, people would argue that anything good came out of the Corona Virus pandemic. But, well, forgive me … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Debate on Bill C-21 Now Moves Over to the Senate

The government’s firearms legislation, Bill C-21, recently passed in the House of Commons. With an increase in gun deaths in Canada through the past decade, it’s an important piece of legislation that, in its current iteration, will help crack down … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 230519

Most readers of this column know that while my career has recently hit some heavy seas of late, I believe that navigating such a trying storm has provided me with tremendous opportunities. The experience has allowed me to contemplate my … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – It’s Time to Set Guidelines for Confidence Matters

One of the more interesting features of Canadian democracy and the work of the House of Commons is the confidence convention. On vitally important matters, such as budget bills or the Speech from the Throne, Members of Parliament vote not … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Tax Havens Mean Richest Canadians Pay Less

Most Canadians would have finished filing their taxes for 2022 a few weeks ago. While nobody enjoys filing their taxes, most of us understand that taxation is a fairly normal part of civilized society. We understand that money gained through … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park column 230512

Returning to Queen’s Park after spending time travelling Algoma-Manitoulin is always a bit of a culture shock for me. Going from community to community, I am always uplifted by the engaging conversations that constituents want to have about the issues … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park for 230505

Well, what can I say, except isn’t life just full of surprises? As most readers know, I now sit as an Independent Member of the Provincial Parliament. The independent investigation process is ongoing, and my staff and I continue to … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – 2 Billion Trees Program Off to a Rocky Start

During the 2019 election, the Liberals put forward a commitment to plant two billion trees across the country by 2030 as one prong to counter the effects of climate change. The idea is that, by planting more trees across the … Continue reading