Carol Hughes’ Column – Cabinet Shuffle Must Mean Changing Priorities, Not Just Changing Faces

At the end of July, the Prime Minister made some significant changes to his cabinet.  While cabinet shuffles are a fairly normal part of governing, this particular shuffle has felt a little different. It’s clear that there are several big … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 230804

Premier Ford says there is not enough interest or need to justify a French university in Sudbury August 4, 2023 Readers of this column know how proud I am to be a born and bred Northerner. I grew up in … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Northern Ontario Riding Redistribution Hurts Northern Ontario

It’s been almost a year since the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario first submitted their proposal to change the electoral map, proposing to eliminate Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, and reducing the total number of ridings across Northern Ontario, from ten to nine. … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – EVs Shouldn’t be a Challenge for Northern Drivers

It’s summer, and for many people, that means a trip on the open road to visit friends, family, or just spending some time at the cottage. For many of us, the distance travelling across this part of the country has … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Windfall Tax on Grocery Chains Gaining

There’s a persistent resilience to inflation rates, and increasing interest rates have done little to cool the economy. The cost of groceries have been a significant challenge for Canadians over the past year and a half in particular, as unlike … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park – Pinching Myself Black and Blue

Most of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves in a situation that we thought was undoubtedly improbable or maybe one we could never even imagine. Right now, I feel like I am in one of those surreal … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – Much to Appreciate and Contemplate this Canada Day  

We are only a few days away from Canada Day, and there certainly is a lot to celebrate. While last year’s celebrations were marked as a homecoming of sorts after a long couple of years dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 230615 – wildland firefighting teams are inadequately staffed

You don’t have to be a learned scholar to understand the importance of Ontario’s forests. Of course, forests are integral to the economy for tourism and raw materials. However, they play a crucial role in protecting our environment. They help … Continue reading

Carol Hughes’ Column – National Child Care Program One Step Closer

It feels as if Canadians have been waiting decades for a comprehensive national, affordable child care program, in many ways because they have. Former Prime Minister John Turner was the first to actively appoint a task force to examine the … Continue reading

Michael Mantha’s News from the Park 230609

The success of a democracy is relative to the degree of citizen engagement June 9, 2023 Sir Winston Churchill stands prominently in history as an outstanding orator, strategist and politician. He was a stalwart Prime Minister seeing the United Kingdom … Continue reading