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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · No Comments

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EDITORIAL: When “expert” plans look more like a gamble (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · No Comments

It’s a plan created by experts, and teachers need to step-up. That’s what Premier Ford and his ministers are saying about their back-to-school plan for Ontario students. The plan, which deserves some praise for permitting some two dozen school boards across the province to have their high school students take half their courses online, effectively reduces class sizes. The elementary school strategy, however, has garnered a less than enthusiastic response from school boards, teachers, parents, and – experts. Five hundred new nurses, and thirteen hundred additional custodians are being hired, but this will do nothing to reduce direct transmission between students or between students and staff. Let’s take a closer look.

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FORUM: Making it green (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · No Comments

Parks must grow with the city

By Mike Layton 

As summer slowly comes to a close, it is important to reflect on the ways that our city has developed during these challenging times. Our response to the pandemic has uniquely highlighted that investing in public green spaces and active transportation infrastructure means a better quality of life for Torontonians. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: What can we do to fight for safe public education? (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · No Comments

Premier’s plan creates chaos, sows division

By Jessica Bell

Since school closed in March, our family has been struggling with the impossible job of full-time work and full-time parenting our two school-aged children. I, along with the parents of Ontario’s other two million school-age children, have been waiting for the Ontario government to release its back-to-school plan. However, its release — just weeks before school is scheduled to begin and without any serious consultation with the community — brought feelings of relief, anxiety, hopelessness, and rage.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

EDITORIAL CARTOON: How nice (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How nice (July 2020)

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EDITORIAL: Ford turns on tenants (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ford turns on tenants (July 2020)

One of the strangest things to happen over the course of this very strange spring was the apparent transformation of Premier Doug Ford into to a caring, compassionate leader. This illusion is fading quickly, as his government rams Bill 184 through the Ontario legislature. The new law will almost surely result in mass residential evictions of tenants who were unable to pay full rent during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Finding positive outcomes (July 2020)

Rapidly expanding bike lanes a healthy solution

By Mike Layton

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FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

Telling parents to prepare for every eventuality is not a plan

By Jessica Bell

As the pandemic drags on, the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable are getting worse. I want to draw attention to three communities that need our help.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

EDITORIAL: Ontario gets a failing grade (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Ontario gets a failing grade (May 2020)

Long-term care homes in the Annex, public, not-for-profit, and profit alike, have fared relatively well in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, the same cannot be said for similar facilities across the province. Before government starts pointing fingers for the tragedy that has unfolded among our most vulnerable seniors, it would do well to acknowledge its own role in the problem.

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FORUM: We are here to support you (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: We are here to support you (May 2020)

On the road to recovery and a sustainable future

By Mike Layton

As we prepare for a summer like we have never seen in Toronto, I want to take a moment to look back on what our community has accomplished so far. Whether you are part of the frontline response, or are doing your part by practicing physical distancing, this has been a challenging time. However, the sacrifices we have all been making have worked and we have saved lives. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion