NDP Deputy Leader John Vanthof, the MPP for Temiskaming Shores, spoke during an Ontario Health Coalition town hall in Peterborough on Wednesday night.
The meeting was held to discuss Premier Doug Ford’s government’s plan to create an Ontario Health super agency that will replace 20 smaller agencies, including Ontario’s 14 local health integration networks, Cancer Care Ontario, eHealth Ontario and several other agencies.
The Ford government has said the consolidation aims to streamline management-level jobs, rather than front-line jobs.
More than 100 people attended the Wake Up and Unite Against Racism rally held by the Migrant Rights Network on Wednesday night at Confederation Square opposite City Hall in Peterborough.
Participants took to the streets to post posters to raise awareness of the International Day for the Elimination of Racism on Thursday.
The third annual Tampon Tuesday event was held Tuesday night at The Junction on George Street in downtown Peterborough.
Tampon Tuesday is a unique networking event where participants are encouraged to bring donations of menstrual hygiene products for distribution to people in the community in need.
Anyone who could not make the event can bring donations to 277 Stewart St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
When I take a week or so off from column-writing, I always counsel my editor to make space for the columns of one Gwynne Dyer.
Now that is a joke.
This gentleman is a master of the craft, famous for writing a twice-a-week column in 175 newspapers in 45 countries around the world. He is encyclopedic in his international political and economic knowledge. Pick any region, any country, and query him about the current situation there. You’ll receive a balanced and factual analysis that will both enlighten and enlarge your grasp. You’ll be informed and entertained, and never left without hope.
The provincial workers’ compensation board conducted just 85 audits of temporary help agencies last year, down from 454 in 2016 — despite the fact its own internal reports have found temp agencies to be significantly more likely than other employers to break the law, documents obtained by the Star show.
The 80 per cent decline is part of an overall drop in the number of compliance checks conducted by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, according to the documents obtained through a Freedom of Information request; such inspections fell by almost 50 per cent since 2016.
The audits are designed to ensure employers are accurately reporting workplace injuries and paying their fair share in insurance premiums. Premiums fund province-wide benefits for injured workers and are a crucial financial incentive for employers to keep their workplaces safe.
Hydro One won’t be letting go of four line and forestry employees after all, if it buys Peterborough Distribution Inc. (PDI) — there would be jobs for all current employees, according to a new report.
An application before the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) states that Hydro One would need 13 line and forestry workers if it were to buy PDI — four fewer than the 17 currently employed.
But those four wouldn’t lose their jobs, states the new report.
The OEB is the province’s electricity and natural gas regulator; it’s expected to consider an application to sell the municipally-owned electrical distribution system to Hydro One for $105 million.
A 10 per-cent cut to post-secondary tuition sounds good for students on paper but for the majority of students protesting outside Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith’s constituency office on Monday, they say the Conservative governments’ decision to lower tuition fees is actually making education more expensive for lower-income students.
A noon-hour protest saw more than 50 Trent University students and other supporters gather to protest the recent tuition changes to post-secondary institutions across the province.