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FOCUS: Where do our candidates stand? (Provincial Election 2022)

May 24th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Where do our candidates stand? (Provincial Election 2022)

Gleaner asks University-Rosedale hopefuls six key questions

When there is an election at the provincial or federal level, the Gleaner asks candidates questions about their policy positions on issues of the day. As the June election is almost upon us, their answers may help you decide how to cast your vote on June 2. (Note: the answers are in alphabetical order by candidate’s surname).

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Tags: General

NEWS: Candidates clash over climate platforms (Provincial Election 2022)

May 24th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Candidates clash over climate platforms (Provincial Election 2022)

PC candidate a no show, parties unite in opposition to Ford

By Carly Penrose

Only three of the University-Rosedale candidates running in the Ontario election this spring were present for the  University-Rosedale All Candidates Provinical Election Debate held Tuesday, May 10.   

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Tags: Annex · News

FORUM: Celebrating our local leaders (Spring 2022)

April 11th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Celebrating our local leaders (Spring 2022)

MPP Jessica Bell pays homage to community contributors

By Jessica Bell

Our Community Recognition Awards recognize the people who help make University-Rosedale a wonderful place to live. Here’s some of our recent award recipients. 

Seniors’ Advocate

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Ford’s antics fill Pink Palace (Winter 2022)

March 14th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford’s antics fill Pink Palace (Winter 2022)

MPPs return to Queen’s Park in final controversial legislative session

By Jessica Bell

Canadian-content rules lowered for Ontario Line

Premier Ford is allowing companies who would like to build vehicles for the Ontario Line to cut their Canadian-manufactured content from 25 per cent to 10 per cent.  

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Omicron demands leadership, not indecision (Jan. 2022)

February 4th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Omicron demands leadership, not indecision (Jan. 2022)

Ontario suffers while Ford dithers

By Jessica Bell

As the Omicron wave overwhelms Ontario, University-Rosedale residents are facing big challenges. Parents are wracked with the decision over whether to send their children to school. Hospitals are near capacity. You can’t get a PCR test. Surgeries are being canceled. Demand at food banks is at record levels, driven by rising poverty, job loss and inflation. The science is rapidly evolving, people are exhausted, and there is no public consensus on how to proceed. 

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Tags: Annex · Columns · Opinion

FORUM: Premier Ford gets an “F” (Dec. 2021)

December 17th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Premier Ford gets an “F” (Dec. 2021)

Auditor general’s report shows Ford is failing the environment

By Jessica Bell

On November 24, the auditor general released her annual report on the environment.  It reads as a dry and horrifying account of Premier Doug Ford’s assault on our natural environment, health and future. Here are the lowlights. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: A wasted election, now Mr. Trudeau please deliver (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: A wasted election, now Mr. Trudeau please deliver (Fall 2021)

Many promises are now on the books that must be fulfilled

By Jessica Bell

Canada’s 44th election is over. The election cost $660 million, and delivered the same results as before, give or take a few seats. The Liberals got the minority they deserved.   

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

November 11th, 2021 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Gleaner sits down with Jessica Bell (Fall 2021)

With less than a year before the provincial election our MPP reflects

MPP Jessica Bell has had an eventful first term serving her riding of University-Rosedale with the pandemic likely affecting at least half of her four years. Over a year into COVID-19 and less than one year left before the next election, Bell reflects on her term thus far and what’s to come. MADELINE SMART/GLEANER NEWS

By Madeline Smart

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Tags: Annex · Life

FORUM: Five provincial issues to follow this fall (Aug. 2021)

September 8th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Five provincial issues to follow this fall (Aug. 2021)

Provincial election is just months away

By Jessica Bell

With the provincial election coming fast and COVID in resurgence, this fall session at Queen’s Park will be impactful. Here are five issues to follow.

Our response to the fourth wave  

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Leaders must take real action on climate (July 2021)

August 16th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Leaders must take real action on climate (July 2021)

We must all join the chorus for change before it’s too late

By Jessica Bell

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Ford is no friend of affordable housing (June 2021)

July 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford is no friend of affordable housing (June 2021)

Bill 108 cements opposition to inclusionary zoning

By Jessica Bell

Housing affordability crisis requires action

Housing prices are now so high that the National Bank of Canada calculates that only the top five percent of income earning households can afford to buy an average Canadian home. Housing affordability is one of the defining issues of our era, and it threatens the very soul of Toronto.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Premier Ford’s land use planning agenda is a big worry (May 2021)

June 15th, 2021 · Comments Off on FORUM: Premier Ford’s land use planning agenda is a big worry (May 2021)

The good, the bad, and the ugly of a government run amok on planning policy

By Jessica Bell

Since becoming premier, the Doug Ford government has rewritten many of the laws and regulations that decide how we build and what we build. These developer-friendly changes help Doug Ford’s donor base reap record profits, but their impact on people, the environment, democracy and our affordable housing goals is mixed. And I’m being nice here.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

May 12th, 2021 · Comments Off on NEWS: Tenants at risk of eviction (Apr. 2021)

Critics see government’s “protections” as toothless 

By Nicole Stoffman

Seven percent of Ontario tenants, or 98,000 families, can’t pay their full rent because of pandemic-related job loss. They are accumulating rent arrears that many will never be able to repay, according to the Federation of Rental Providers of Ontario (FRPO). In the Annex alone, 16 eviction applications have been made since November. 

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Tags: Annex · News