Tag: government

Report recommends sweeping provincial public service reforms

Report recommends sweeping provincial public service reforms

Jon Pukila The long-awaited Drummond Report, officially known as the Report of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, was released on Feb. 15. Commissioned by former TD Bank Chief Economist Don Drummond, the report contains 362 recommendations to addresses the province’s current $16 billion defecit. If the report is followed, the province [...]

March 6, 2012

Will we still be able to call it Canada?

Our government is implicated in what is quite possibly the greatest affront to democracy in this country’s entire history. Evidence has been surfacing over the last two weeks to suggest that Liberal and NDP supporters in contested ridings received automated phone calls that pretended to represent Elections Canada.

March 6, 2012

Long-gun registry shot down

Bill C-19, a Conservative initiative to end the long-gun registry, passed its final vote in the House of Commons on Feb. 15 with a margin of 159 to 130. It will be introduced to the Senate on Feb. 27.

March 1, 2012

What’s more fun than talking to a ministry representative?

Answer: most things. Luckily, I was relieved of that responsibility this week by the 30% tuition grant outreach team. I had been assigned by The Argus to cover their effort to represent the Ontario government’s tuition plan.

February 14, 2012
30% off for some, 5.5% increase for all

30% off for some, 5.5% increase for all

Costs and benefits of new tuition rebate weighed after media conference Erin Collins News Editor The 2012 rebate is a recent initiative by Ontario’s Liberals to reduce post-secondary tuition by 30%. With March coming up and another 5.5% increase in the works, this grant will lighten the financial burden of Lakehead students. At least some [...]

February 14, 2012

Harper government deems thousands of marriages invalid, recants

Since legalization in 2005, 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in Canada, including roughly 5,000 unions of foreign couples who were unable to legally marry back home.

January 24, 2012

Government announces the creation of the Office of Religious Freedom

A controversial new office has been added to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government has allocated roughly $5 million to a new Office of Religious Freedom, an office that still has an unclear mandate. Commentators have expressed concerns over the appearance of secrecy surrounding the creation of this new addition to the ministry.

January 10, 2012

Want 30 per cent of your tuition fees back? Sorry, probably not

By now everyone has heard of the Ontario government’s plan to reduce the burden on students by giving a grant equal to about 30 per cent of tuition fees. Committing more than $430 million, the government’s actions have been hailed as a long-welcome change to the rising fees that all university students have had to face.

January 10, 2012

Tweeting on tax dollars

With the perceived “importance” of social media continually rising, the Thunder Bay Public Library has followed the trend set by other libraries around the globe and began offering training sessions for both Facebook and Twitter in an effort to increase awareness of each among those with limited computer skills.

January 10, 2012
Feds eye harsher sentences despite falling crime rates

Feds eye harsher sentences despite falling crime rates

With both serious and petty crime dropping steadily in Canada over the last decade, according to Statistics Canada, many are challenging the federal government’s intense focus on imprisoning law-breakers.

November 21, 2011