How to keep Ontario’s schoolyards in community hands

Feb. 11, 2015 by

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about under-utilized schools in Ontario. Education Minister Liz Sandals has been clear: facing a stubborn deficit, the province cannot afford to spend nearly $1-billion a year maintaining, cleaning and repairing schools

Should NDP trigger Ontario election? Just look to Jack Layton in 2005

Apr. 30, 2014 by

Sometime after Thursday afternoon, Andrea Horwath and her Ontario NDP will face a choice. Either they vote for the Liberal budget or they bring down a government they feel remains mired in the scandals of its former self. We have

‘Unfair Elections Act’ targets the youth Trudeau wants and Harper fears

Mar. 18, 2014 by

Getting youth to vote – or not to – is at the centre of two parties’ political strategy heading into a 2015 federal election. At the Liberal convention in Montréal, President Barack Obama’s campaign gurus were out in full force.

The Liberal debates are boring – and it’s not the candidates’ faults

Feb. 20, 2013 by

The problem with the Liberal leadership debates isn’t the number of candidates but the debate format. It’s past time for the debate organizers within the party to tier these debates and to surrender editorial control to a journalist, not a

Liberal party’s membership rules complicate calls for renewal

Oct. 17, 2012 by

In stepping down after 16 years as Ontario Liberal Party leader, Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about renewal. That was the title of his e-mail to party memberships. “I’ve concluded,” he said in an emotional speech to caucus, “that this is

Liberals are too obsessed with the past. Justin Trudeau is the cure

Oct. 3, 2012 by

Partisans spend so much time in Canadian politics objectifying the past. At what point, in this country of so little history and too much geography, can history actually be history? Justin Trudeau seems the epitome of this retrospective, partisan pornography.

Stop Throwing Tantrums Over Tuitions

Jan. 31, 2012 by

Premier Dalton McGuinty was elected on a platform to reduce full-time undergraduate tuition fees by 30 per cent. His government has now done that for over 310,000 students. Each university student eligible for OSAP will receive $800 off their tuition