Justin Trudeau’s Liberals form a minority government

By: Jonathan Bradley Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has managed to hold on to power after winning a minority government on Oct. 21.  The Liberals won the most seats in the 2019 Canadian election, but the party is coming out with less than they had going in. They will now be required to work with opposition parties to pass legislation.  “I have heard you, my friends,” … Continue reading Justin Trudeau’s Liberals form a minority government

Toronto recognizes slavery, black history at city hall event

(By: Jacklyn Gilmor) Black history is important, but so is celebrating black talent and confronting racism. That’s the message of “Blackness and belonging: towards justice, recognition and development”, an event held at Toronto’s city hall Monday evening to recognize the United Nations’ international decade for people of African descent. Halfway through that decade which began in 2015, the event is part of the city’s plan … Continue reading Toronto recognizes slavery, black history at city hall event

Ontario students march to Queen’s Park to protest new OSAP changes

Ontario students of all ages marched from Yonge-Dundas Square to Queen’s Park on Friday to voice their concerns about the new government changes to OSAP. Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s plan to cut tuition by 10 per cent, eliminate free tuition and the post graduate loan repayment grace period is a grave concern for the future of many Ontario students. Continue reading Ontario students march to Queen’s Park to protest new OSAP changes

Tory’s re-election signifies city’s trust after landslide win

(By: Jackson Farough) Clearly, Toronto isn’t ready to let go of John Tory yet. The incumbent mayor will now serve a second term in office after dominating the municipal elections this month. He took 63.5% of the vote despite competing against 34 candidates for mayor. Jennifer Keesmaat—Tory’s main political rival in the election—took just 23.5% of the vote. This was after a passionate couple of months … Continue reading Tory’s re-election signifies city’s trust after landslide win

Young Voters and the Toronto Municipal Election

The Toronto municipal election is taking place today. In the running are incumbent mayor John Tory, Jennifer Keesmaat, Sarah Climenhaga, Saron Gebresellassi and Faith Goldy. Youth voter turnout is expected to be low. Find out students’ thoughts on voting and hear from Jennifer Keesmaat on why the youth vote is important.   Continue reading Young Voters and the Toronto Municipal Election

Parkdale overdose prevention site closed during province’s 9-week ‘pause’ on new overdose prevention sites

(By: Manuela Vega) An unsanctioned overdose prevention site in Parkdale closed on Wednesday, the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society (TOPS) announced Tuesday, Oct. 9. Volunteers working in Parkdale said that it would be too difficult to support people who use drugs in tents based on their experiences with the cold, rain and wind throughout the last few weeks at Dunn Avenue Parkette, as well as their … Continue reading Parkdale overdose prevention site closed during province’s 9-week ‘pause’ on new overdose prevention sites

Ontario Liberals use Throne Speech to make new promises ahead of campaign season

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Ontario’s Liberal government indicated its plans for the upcoming budget in the Speech from the Throne at Queen’s Park on Monday, promising significant new spending on multiple programs and issues. Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell hinted that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government intends on investing in new programs and expanding on current ones. Dowdeswell said that Wynne will direct spending to reduce hospital wait times … Continue reading Ontario Liberals use Throne Speech to make new promises ahead of campaign season

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduces campaign platform

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has unveiled parts of her party’s platform this week. Horwath said that the NDP would focus on deprivatizing Hydro One, implementing universal pharmacare and dental coverage for all Ontarians, lowering wait times for healthcare services, raising taxes for corporations and the wealthiest people, and converting student loans to grants. Horwath said that these five policy points were … Continue reading Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath introduces campaign platform

Doug Ford elected Ontario PC Leader after chaotic convention

(By: Jonathan Bradley) Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford has been elected the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives following a chaotic leadership convention Saturday. The results were announced after a seven-hour delay that saw Ontario PC members being sent home from the convention at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites. After party officials reviewed a challenge, Ford was confirmed to have won on the third … Continue reading Doug Ford elected Ontario PC Leader after chaotic convention

Provincial candidates discuss concerns about voter apathy and political indifference in Ryerson forum

(By: Anthony Manrique) Though the last federal election showed an increased percentage of voter turnout across the country, Ontario still lags behind other provinces when it comes to voting among young people. In a talk held Wednesday at Ryerson, the four candidates for this year’s provincial election discussed the current state of democracy and voter apathy in Ontario. Premier Kathleen Wynne (Liberal), Vic Fedeli (PC), … Continue reading Provincial candidates discuss concerns about voter apathy and political indifference in Ryerson forum