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FORUM: Rare summer legislature sittings (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · No Comments

Passing damaging bills while no one is paying attention

By Jessica Bell

Queen’s Park Roundup

The Ford government is passing damaging legislation in the middle of the summer while attention on politics is low. Here’s what’s happening.

The government’s 2022-2023 budget falls short

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

NEWS: Bell re-elected in University–Rosedale (July 2022)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Bell re-elected in University–Rosedale (July 2022)

Annex backs NDP, province backs PCs overall

By Carly Penrose

New Democrat Jessica Bell won University-Rosedale by 4,000 votes while Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won a sweeping majority in the bid to lead Ontario’s government.

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CHATTER: NDP’s pattern of prevailing in the Annex continues (July 2020)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on CHATTER: NDP’s pattern of prevailing in the Annex continues (July 2020)

Jessica Bell of the New Democratic Party (NDP), has represented the University-Rosedale riding (District 112) since her success in the 2018 election. She was re-elected on June 2. Of the 49,412 votes cast in the University-Rosedale riding in 2018,  Bell earned 24,537 of them (49.66 per cent), followed by Liberal candidate Jo-Ann Davis who earned 10,898 votes (22.06 per cent), PC candidate Gillian Smith who earned 10,431 votes (21.11 per cent) , and Green Party candidate Tim Grant who earned 2,652 votes (5.37 per cent).

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Tags: Annex · News

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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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