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Mind Bending Politics: Ministry Responds To My Open Letter To Minister Coteau

 

As many of you may remember I wrote an open letter to the Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services Micheal Coteau regarding some concerns I had with the transition process, and with my son’s situation. I was hoping for a direct response from Minister Coteau instead I received this (sorry for . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ministry Responds To My Open Letter To Minister Coteau

Mind Bending Politics: Brace Yourselves, The New Ontario Autism Program is Coming

 

The Toronto Star recently sat down with the Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau to discuss changes being made to autism services in Ontario. A common theme is starting to emerge over the past few months since the announcement of the new Ontario Autism Program. The way the process . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Brace Yourselves, The New Ontario Autism Program is Coming

Mind Bending Politics: Why Is Premier Kathleen Wynne Misinforming Parents on The New Autism Program?

This question was asked by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown in question period twice today, only to be asked by the speaker of the legislature to withdrawal the questions.  Question I would like to pose; why is the speaker of the Ontario legislature shutting down completely legitimate questions to the government? This latest bought […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Why Is Premier Kathleen Wynne Misinforming Parents on The New Autism Program?

Mind Bending Politics: Are Ontario’s Service Providers Siphoning Money From Autistic Kids?

I’ve had several parents come up too me with their stories since last week’s post on my son’s situation. There seems to be a large number of fights and battles with regional service providers like Kinark across the province that manage services for kids with autism too get kids the services they need. It’s important […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Are Ontario’s Service Providers Siphoning Money From Autistic Kids?

Politics and its Discontents: Pillaging The Public Purse: On Hydro One’s Privatization

I have written in the past on my strong opposition to Kathleen Wynne’s selloff of 60% of Hydro One. She has no mandate for this pillaging of the public purse, and no good reason for it except her politically and ideologically-driven obsession with bala… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Pillaging The Public Purse: On Hydro One’s Privatization

Politics and its Discontents: Pillaging The Public Purse: On Hydro One’s Privatization

I have written in the past on my strong opposition to Kathleen Wynne’s selloff of 60% of Hydro One. She has no mandate for this pillaging of the public purse, and no good reason for it except her politically and ideologically-driven obsession with balancing the budget before Ontario’s next provincial election. She will not be getting my vote.

Recently, Linda McQuaig wrote a column that came out strongly against this sale, offering an historical perspective showing the public good that accrues from public ownership of such a utility.

In today’s Star, readers offer their own insights on this issue, one that is likely a big contributing factor in the Liberals’ current poor showing in the polls:

Re: The case against privatizing Hydro One, Opinion Aug. 4

What’s most disturbing about reading Linda McQuaig’s strong case against privatizing Hydro One is that it reveals clearly that Premier Wynne seems to be selling it for no worthwhile reason.

When 73 per cent of Ontarians disagree with the sale and she insists on it, then she is not serving the public will. Further, to trade off the long-term benefits of Hydro One for a short-lived infusion of cash for infrastructure is economically incomprehensible.

With this kind of foolish, arbitrary decision, which is symptomatic of the disconnect between the public will and its leadership, Wynne will certainly join the infamous ranks of other failed premiers of Ontario, such as Mike Harris and Dalton McGuinty, who also carried out their personal agenda while forsaking the common good of the electorate.

Pity the serious voters.

Tony D’Andrea, Toronto

Timing is everything. Currently, along with a several other Ontarians, I am particularly interested in the timing of the Ontario Liberals’ Climate Change Action Plan.

Last Nov. 15, the Ontario Liberals privatized Hydro One when they sold off 15 per cent of the former Crown Corporation. Sad but true.

In April, they sold off another 15 per cent. The following month, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change let the world know that Ontario is moving away from natural-gas home heating. Some back-peddling followed. Shortly after that, the Liberals released their official Climate Change Action Plan.

It indicated their intention to move to a more electricity-based society. Once complete, Ontario is to have far more electric vehicles, electric charging hubs, electric home initiatives, etc.

In summary, the Liberals are moving Ontario to a more electricity-based society after privatizing our province’s transmission grid and largest local distribution company! That means Hydro One will now go on to make record profits and a huge amount of potential income is being stripped away from Ontarians.

But why? To balance the current Liberal budget and dangle some shiny gifts ahead of the 2018 election. All this at the expense of Ontarians.

The whole thing reeks of corruption. Just waiting for the smoking gun to be revealed. Timing is everything.

Joel Usher, Newcastle

Thanks to Linda McQuaig for detailing the long history of support in Ontario for a public monopoly on electricity — right up to today. The public instinct is right: it is best to keep this rare and valuable asset so that profits go back to our treasury, and to avoid the risk of the monopoly control falling into the hands of those who would maximize their returns at the expense of consumers and the environment.

Ms. McQuaig could have added that selling off Hydro One is a bad deal, as concluded by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer. After all, investors are not stupid.

They will not pay full price for the value of the future Hydro One profits they would get as minority shareholders, due to the risk, because key decisions affecting profits are taken by government. The monopoly is worth more to the government as the decision-maker.

If you must sell an asset, this is a particularly bad one to sell.

Kim Jarvi, Toronto

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Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s New Autism Policy Not Going Over Well With Parents

(Ontario’s new autism policy lipstick on a pig, rather than implementing needed changes) With the Ontario Government announcing major funding initiatives over the past few months, it looks like autism services are not high on its priority list. Back in March, the Ontario government announced that it was going to do away with much needed […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s New Autism Policy Not Going Over Well With Parents

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario To Axe CCAC In $50 Billion Health Care Overhaul

(Nothing to see here: Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins Announces The Closure of Community Care Access Centres) The horror stories continue for the people of Ontario. Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced today that the government will be closing all Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) in favor of cost cutting measures, and moving the home […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario To Axe CCAC In $50 Billion Health Care Overhaul

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Autism, Teachers Unions, and More

(Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Still Talking Down To Parents Not At Parents)   Yesterday Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne appeared as a co-host on CFRB 1010’s drive time talk show, where she discussed a wide range of topics including the autism protests, ABA and IBI therapy and the fact that she has been listening to parents. […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on Autism, Teachers Unions, and More

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s Education System in Crisis: Proactive Change Needed in Youth and Education Services

As a parent with a non-verbal autistic kid, one of my worst nightmares is to have to deal with a teacher that isn’t qualified to ensure the care of my child. We’ve been pretty lucky. The teachers and staff taking care of my son in the school system are extremely caring, professional and have been […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario’s Education System in Crisis: Proactive Change Needed in Youth and Education Services

Mind Bending Politics: Behaviour Experts Call Wynne’s Autism Policy Destructive

Toronto, April 20, 2016 – The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has declared that as of May 1, Ontario will no longer provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children of five years and older. A group of nine Board Certified Behavior Analysts™ (BCBAs), who are practitioners and advocates for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Behaviour Experts Call Wynne’s Autism Policy Destructive

Politics and its Discontents: Andrea’s Damascene Moment

In the Book of Luke, Jesus is reported to have said the following:I tell you that … there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.In Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s conversion… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Andrea’s Damascene Moment

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

  The Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs (OASIS) has just weighed in on the new Ontario Autism Policy. In a media release David Barber, President at OASIS stated: This new policy, if implemented the way it stands, sets children and their families back Barber went on to stay: Early intervention is crucial for […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals With Special Needs Weighs In On Ontario’s New Autism Policy

Mind Bending Politics: Child Advocates Call Autism Policy A New Low For Ontario Political Ethics

TORONTO, April 12, 2016 /CNW/ – We should all aspire to a province where a child in need receives what they need, when and where they need it. We are not there yet. This has been clear in the government’s recent announcement to address wait-times for children with autism requiring critical service. I am aware that […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Child Advocates Call Autism Policy A New Low For Ontario Political Ethics

Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

This blog will be dedicated moving forward to following the conversations and policy discussions about Ontario’s new autism policy. The discussions going on right now are a national ethical and moral issue and those across Canada should be kept up to date as much as possible. On Tuesday there was a very emotional rally at our provincial legislature […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Annoyed Ontario Liberals and Wynne’s Autism Echo Chamber:

Mind Bending Politics: Experts Question Ontario’s New Autism Policy In Scathing Letter

(Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services Tracy MacCharles Feeling The Heat On New Autism Policy) The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) issued a scathing letter to Tracy MacCharles who is Ontario’s Minister of Children and Youth Services over the latest policy to strip intensive behavioural therapy from thousands of Ontario kids over 5. […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Experts Question Ontario’s New Autism Policy In Scathing Letter

Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s All Out Assault on Autistic Kids Continues With New Developments

(Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Decisions on Autism Services Politics Not Evidence Based Experts Say) There has been very strong reaction to Kathleen Wynne’s decision to de-fund therapy for kids with Autism, from experts to advocates to politicians. Wynne looks to have picked a fight with the wrong crowd, and there are developments that the situation is getting […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Kathleen Wynne’s All Out Assault on Autistic Kids Continues With New Developments

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Set To Terminate Needed Therapy for a Vast Swath of Autistic Kids

(Parents Upset At Recent Changes To Autism Services In Ontario) The Ontario government recently announced changes it is going to make to the services autistic kids receive in the province. The Ontario government is looking at terminating intensive behavioral intervention therapy (IBI) for kids 5 and over, and pump more money into the controversial applied […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Set To Terminate Needed Therapy for a Vast Swath of Autistic Kids

Mind Bending Politics: Parent’s Plea To Stop The Bullying In Her Child’s School Goes Viral

(York Region District School Board Still Plagued With Accountability and Bullying Issues Seven Years After High Profile Rally)   Back in 2009, over 400 students walked out of their classrooms denouncing staff at Keswick High School’s decision to wrongfully suspend an Asian student who was the subject of bullying. This incident in 2009 took the […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Parent’s Plea To Stop The Bullying In Her Child’s School Goes Viral

Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Ombudsman: A Watch Dog That Isn’t Watching PT.1

(Ontario’s Watch Dog Caught Not Watching)   The Ontario Ombudsman’s office recently got new powers to investigate school boards, municipalities and universities. The early months of these new expanded powers has seen this office more run like a customer service wing of government rather than one with investigative powers to resolve issues. In fact, the […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: Ontario Ombudsman: A Watch Dog That Isn’t Watching PT.1

Mind Bending Politics: No Accountability on Provincial Funds, As Ontario’s Finances Are in Major Trouble

The Liberal Party in Ontario has been in power for over a decade. Most governments regardless of party get a little bit too comfy in their positions to actually govern and show up for work when called upon. In the last election, the people of Ontario rejected the far right position of austerity (many still […] . . . → Read More: Mind Bending Politics: No Accountability on Provincial Funds, As Ontario’s Finances Are in Major Trouble

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On PCPO Leader Patrick Brown: A Brief Note

If this whole “Premier of Ontario” gig fails to materialize he could do gay porn.  Because he’s in bang-up shape, and this seems to matter far more in gay porn.  Whereas a lot of guys on the straight side of the biz show cellulite. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On PCPO Leader Patrick Brown: A Brief Note

Alberta Politics: Is it good news or bad news for the Conservatives if Stephen Harper trumps Trump tonight?

PHOTOS: Stephen Harper, as imagined during tonight’s TV debate. (Photo of Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore.) Below: The real Mr. Harper and another shot of the real Mr. Trump. Now, about that debate tonight, the big question has to be whether it will help the Conservatives or hurt them when Canadian voters tune into the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Is it good news or bad news for the Conservatives if Stephen Harper trumps Trump tonight?

Politics and its Discontents: The Luddites of Education

Throughout my career as a high school teacher, I believed, as I still do, that education is one of the prime tools by which society can be bettered and critical thinking cultivated. And yet there are Luddites among us who would severely circumscribe the use of this all-important mechanism, preferring that we limit access to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Luddites of Education

Politics and its Discontents: Connecting The Dots?

Here in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to sell off 60% of Hydro One, the very profitable public utility that generated a pre-tax income of $803 million in 2013, is causing quite a storm of outrage. Despite her promise to put all profits from the sale toward transportation structure, the fact that the sale will . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Connecting The Dots?