<“I hope he won’t be TOO involved in the federal election . . . “, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June12/2019>Friday, JUNE 14th/2019, marks one year since DOUG FORD was elected premier of ONTARIO. Since that fateful day, Ford and his Progressive Conservative government have been very busy indeed. SEE BELOW . . .
ON THE ENVIRONMENT
> Cancelled Cap & Trade; plans to take federal government to court
> Cut 700+ green energy projects
> Shut down White Pines Wind Project
> Slashed 50% of flood management funds in time for serious province-wide flooding
> Eliminated funds for the 50 Million Tree Program; resurrected by federal Liberal government
> Axed the Green Ontario Fund
> Cancelled the opening of new overdose prevention sites
> Revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives
> Slashed the number of paramedic service providers from 59 to 10
> Proposed ending OHIP’s medical emergency coverage for Ontario travelers abroad
> Scrapped funding for supervised drug-use sites (two in Toronto, one in Ottawa)EDUCATION
> Rolled back sex-ed curriculum
> Removed $100-million budget for school repairs
> Cancelled Ontario’s first French-language university
> Dropped funding assistance for college/university students by $300-million plus
> Removed free tuition for low-income students
> Scrapped over $300-million for three satellite university campuses
> Increased class sizes, potentially resulting in over 3,400 lost teaching jobs
> Scrapped the Ontario College of Trades
> Cut Toronto City Council by 50%; city has taken the province to court
> Planned to cut funds to repair social housing
> Told municipalities and school boards to find 4% in “efficiencies” to servicesARTS, CULTURE & TOURISM
> Retroactively slashed $5-million from the Ontario Arts Council
> Cancelled the Indigenous Culture Fund
> Dropped grants for the Ontario Music Fund by more than 50%
> Reduced funding to regional tourism organizations by $17.5-million
> Announced termination of Beer Store contract, jeopardizing 7,000 jobs
> Beer Store threatens multi-million dollar law suits
> Cut $9.5-million (25%) from Tourism Toronto; $3.4 million from Ottawa
> Cut $1-billion from social services across the board
> Scrapped Basic Income Pilot Project
> Cancelled dollar increase to the minimum wage
> Cut Workplace Safety Insurance Board payments to injured workers by 30%
> Severed library services funding by 50%
> Ended the Roundtable on Violence Against Women
> Slashed $84.5-million funding for children/at-risk youth & children’s aid societies
> Cut $15-million from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
> Cut funding to MaRS Discovery District (scientific research)
> Cut funding to two artificial intelligence institutes by $24-million
> Cancelled a technology accelerators program of $9.5-million, college-based applied research projects worth $6.7-million; $5-million in funding to the Institute for Quantum Computing; $1.5-million in funding to the Lazaridis Institute, and $750,000 for bioindustrial innovation.
> Pared $5-million in funding for stem cell research. AND THAT’S NOT ALL.LIST FROM Canada’s National Observer – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/news/heres-everything-doug-ford-government-cut-its-first-year-office<“I’M HERE FOR YOUR ELECTION MEDDLING WORKSHOP.”, (Doug Ford meets Mr. Putin), editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June 13/2019><“My calendar is cleared, Andrew. I’ll be backing you up all the way to election day, my friend.“, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Sptectator, June/2019>
ONTARIO, you voted this guy and his Progressive Conservatives in, and now a year later you’re not so keen. Too bad – Ford’s term will be up in 2022. He’s just getting started.
THE NUMBERS – Progressive Conservatives (PC’s) 34%; Liberals 32%; New Democrats 25%. DOUG FORD’s Approval Rating sank from 63% to 37%.
The Campaign Research poll was conducted between last Tuesday and Friday using a panel of 1,830 Ontario voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
LISA SIMPSON asks for asylum in Canada at Niagara Falls, and briefly has a look-in on Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU.
The Prime Minister demonstrates his core strength yoga workout.
<THE SIMPSONS COME TO CANADA, “Remember . . . as a nation these people have a highly developed appreciation of the absurd.”, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, April 24/2019>
After decades of trying to get a leg up, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, birthplace of Confederation, home of Ann of Green Gables, has elected enough Green Party seats to form the province’s Official Opposition.
<ANNE OF THE OFFICIAL GREEN OPPOSITION, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail>
<PHOTO by John Morris/Canadian Press/PA Images – PEI Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker>
On Tuesday night Islanders voted in their first minority government since 1890. The island province’s 153,000 people gave a much-needed boost to the Green Party. There are three Members (MLA’s) in the British Columbia legislature, three in New Brunswick, one in Ontario, and now nine (9!) in Prince Edward Island.
WELL DONE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!
We’re so busy watching Trump that we sometimes ignore what’s going on behind our backs in this province and our city. The Green Party of Ontario has been watching however, and says Premier DOUG FORD’s destruction of the planet “is off the charts.”
In just one week FORD has – 1) appointed a climate-change denier to a high-ranking electricity position; 2) closed the office of the independent environmental watchdog; 3) cancelled all electricity conservation measures beyond 2020; 4) announced a multi-million dollar, taxpayer subsidized television ad campaign to fight federally-enforced carbon pricing.
He’s also cut funding for much-needed supervised drug-use sites, in the middle of a crisis.
<“Climate change? What climate change?”
CANADA is warming up faster than the rest of the world, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Department. On average, the report says Canada’s climate has been, and will continue, to heat up at double the rate of global warming.
Melting Canada will have serious repercussions for the entire planet. Think of future generations and the calamity they’ll inherit. DOUG FORD will be long-gone by then.
<“How To Build An Ark”, project leadership for the 21st century, by Martin Crump & Matthew Theobold. It’s available on Amazon>
QUEBEC’s new Legault government is now selling secularism – Bill 21 – to Quebec’s population. Needless to say, the plan has hit the fan.
The minister responsible, Simon Jolin-Barette <shown above with an applauding Premier Legault; photo – Jacques Boissinot / Canadian Press> said he expects groups threatening not to respect the new law of the land, will eventually conform. “I am convinced that people targeted by the bill, will respect the law.”
Bill 21 would prohibit any public worker (teachers, judges, police officers, etc.) in a position of authority, including new public school teachers, from wearing religious symbols, including hijabs. The Immigration Minister said all religious symbols — regardless of the size of the object — would be prohibited. A religious tattoo or a hairdo, such as Rastafarian dreadlocks, are not considered religious symbols, he said.
<Front page Le Journal de Quebec, March 29/2019 – ‘C’est Reparti’ – ‘Here We Go Again’>
MONTREAL Mayor Valérie Plante is concerned. Neighbouring ONTARIO has no such law.
Speaking to a high-profile gathering of American state governors, Canada’s Minister of Transport MARC GARNEAU said time is running out to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal – otherwise known as ‘new’ NAFTA (or in some quarters USMCA).
MARC GARNEAU also said that Canada would lift its own tariff counter-measures on $16.6-billion worth of American imports. These are affecting many US companies, especially among the northern states. And they’re certainly not doing Canada any good either.
Once the tariffs on Canadian steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) are removed by Donald Trump’s government, the negotiated agreement will be signed. Until then – it’s no deal for Canada.