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Wynne’s Legacy of Energy Poverty

Hydro RallyPublic outrage against soaring hydro rates continues to rise throughout Ontario. The shock of energy bills doubling or tripling from last summer hasn't worn off; hardworking families and individuals are still buried in anxiety and debt. Just this January, newspapers across Ontario covered Kathy Katula’s $1200 monthly hydro bill -- significantly larger than even her mortgage payment. The hardworking but overwhelmed rural Ontario mother lives in poverty induced by high energy costs despite making $50,000 a year, and hundreds of thousands of Ontarians share Kathy’s daily pains.

The New Minimum Wage, is it enough?

raies minimum wage ontario 2017Ontario has recently raised the minimum wage. In a time when many Canadians live paycheque to paycheque, and when the federal Finance Minister tells us to get used to precarious work, the crucial question is: is this enough?

The Real Reasons Behind the Latest TTC Crisis of Hot Subway Cars

ttc hot car crammed fullIt is currently estimated that roughly 25 percent of the subway cars on the Bloor-Danforth Line Two are 'hot cars', meaning that due to the failure of the vehicle's heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, passengers suffer from temperatures as high as 33°C while the cars are in service. Why are we in this hot mess? A look behind the curtain reveals that this is only the latest manifestation of the broader crisis within public transit as well as within the system as a whole.

Ontario Budget: Liberals Hide Austerity behind “Free Education”

kathleen wynne cares notOn February 25, the Ontario Liberals unveiled their budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The centrepiece of the 346-page document was a pledge to make post-secondary education free for families earning under $50,000 a year. The working poor have cause to celebrate: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s “activist” government seems to be finally living up to its name – but is it really? Or is this budget just another example of “talking left and governing right”?

Precarious Labour, Ontario’s Full-Time Problem

temps wantedAccording to a recent study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in June 2015, minimum wage jobs in Ontario have skyrocketed from 2.4 per cent of all employees in 1997 to 11.9 per cent in 2014. In other words, in 1997, one in forty Ontario workers were working for minimum wage. Today it’s one out of eight. While the total number of jobs in Ontario grew by 30 per cent over the past 17 years, the number of low-wage jobs (defined as making within $4 of the minimum wage) have grown by 94 per cent. Increasingly, the wealthy are putting the burden of the capitalist crisis on the backs of the most downtrodden sector of workers.

Liberals in action: The privatization of Hydro One

The Ontario Liberals under Kathleen Wynne's leadership are finishing what the Tory government of Mike Harris started: the privatization of Hydro One. While the newly elected federal Liberal government remains in a honeymoon period under a facade of progressive politics, the Liberals in Ontario are revealing their real character as the sweethearts of Bay Street through this fire sale of the crown corporation.

Auditor General unveils scathing report on Wynne Liberals

auditor general lysykOn December 2, 2015, Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her annual report for the province of Ontario. The final 773-page document may very well be the most comprehensive indictment of the Wynne Liberals yet produced. From the government’s contempt of public input to their crony practices, Lysyk’s report is further confirmation that the “progressive” Liberal brand that Ontarians were promised in 2014 was just one more fanciful illusion.

Pan Am 2015: A Story of Greed

panamgamesIn a few weeks, the 2015 Pan Am Games will commence in Toronto, drawing in over 6,000 athletes from 41 countries. Thus far, the budget for the games sits at $2.57 billion dollars, a price tag nearly twice the original estimate of $1.4 billion.

Ontario Liberals Threaten Mass School Closures

toronto school boardIt didn’t take long for Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a former school board trustee, to become the education sector’s worst nightmare. Almost 70 schools are under “review” for closure in Toronto alone, with potentially hundreds slated for closure across the province.