Tag: ontario

Is raising the minimum wage the solution?

Is raising the minimum wage the solution?

Ontario raises minimum wage to $11 By Alicia Alves Staff Writer Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the minimum wage will increase to $11 in June from the previous $10.25 rate which will tie Ontario with Nunavut as the province with the highest minimum wage in Canada. Students and workers have been working to raise the [...]

February 26, 2014

NDP’s Andrew Foulds promising candidate for Thunder Bay Superior North

By Alicia Alves The Argus As the successful NDP nomineein the March 14 vote, Andrew Foulds will go on to compete with Liberal MPP Michael Gravelle for Thunder Bay Superior North. “I feel honoured and humbled,” saidFoulds about his win. “It is a huge responsibility that I do not take lightly. People have put a [...]

March 27, 2013

Open House to raise awareness of storm water management

By Alicia Alves The Argus According to Jim Bailey, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator for Thunder Bay and Nipigon, “storm water management is considered one of the major issues facing the Great Lakes.” Storm water, the runoff from heavy rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground, contributed to three damaging storm events [...]

March 20, 2013

Ontario’s real Sugar Babies

Increasing number of students “sell themselves” to pay tuition By Ellen Stevens Staff Writer Recently, the Globe and Mail reported that the amount of Canadian university students seeking “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies” to pay for their tuition had noticeably increased. Based on statistics from the “sugar baby” dating website, SeekingArrangement.com, the leading university in [...]

February 6, 2013

Premier hopefuls descend on Lakehead

Leadership candidates for Ontario’s Liberal party discuss plans for North By Erin Collins News Editor On January 26th, the new leader of Ontario’s Liberal party will be decided. Seven candidates are currently vying for the position after former party leader Dalton McGuinty unexpectedly announced his resignation. On December 10th, all seven candidates convened at Lakehead [...]

January 8, 2013

Bill 115 bargaining deadline passed, teacher’s strike on the horizon?

By Stephanie Simko Staff Writer With a new year comes new concerns for local teachers’ unions. While students return to the classrooms early next week, the labour situation is teetering − waiting for a blow from one side or the other to settle the matter. Legislation passed by the provincial government in September – known [...]

January 8, 2013

Ontario premier candidates vie for Northern votes

By Ellen Stevens Staff Writer On November 15, Dalton McGuinty, two former cabinet ministers, and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, descended on Thunder Bay to address a number of issues.  Major concerns on the table included McGuinty’s premature retirement, the delay of the city’s Coal Plant development,and future expansion in The Ring of Fire. The Ring [...]

November 28, 2012

The future of your education

Radical changes soon to come to Ontario universities By Erin Collins & Jon Pukila News Editor and Staff Writer The Ontario government is looking to change education across the province radically, with no sign of freezing or reducing tuition fees. According to CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) rep Tobey Whitfield, these changes are predicted to [...]

September 26, 2012

Elizabeth Witmer resigns

Kitchener-Waterloo MPP leaves with an impressive record of public service Jon Pukila Staff Writer Veteran Progressive Conservative MPP Elizabeth Witmer’s resignation on April 27, 2012 came as a surprise to many. No one suspected that she would accept Premier Dalton McGuinty’s offer of Chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Conservative leader Tim [...]

June 4, 2012
Prostitution Canada law appeal favourable

Prostitution Canada law appeal favourable

The ruling that could’ve ended prostitution-related prosecutions in Canada has weighed in from Ontario’s top courts with favourable results. The Appeal Court was contemplating whether or not current laws regarding brothels, solicitation, and living off sex-trade work are constitutional.

April 2, 2012
Drummond vs. us

Drummond vs. us

Economist Don Drummond is not popular with students. In his efforts to balance Ontario’s $16-billion deficit, he recently made thirty suggestions to get post-secondary institutions on board. Get ready to cry.

March 19, 2012

“25 is the new 21″

A new report is requesting that Ontario’s government support children in foster care for an additional four years. The current cut-off for emotional and financial support is 21, which Irwin Elman, provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, says is too early.

March 12, 2012
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

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
Liberals promise tuition fee relief for Ontario university students

Liberals promise tuition fee relief for Ontario university students

Ontario Liberal party leader Dalton McGuinty has announced his party would provide grants to the majority of Ontario university students if his party wins the upcoming provincial election.

September 12, 2011