Sarah Campbell - From Queens Park
Since Nov. 19, when I asked the minister of transportation to address the issue of road maintenance and safety in Northwestern Ontario, my offices have received hundreds of letters from constituents expressing their concerns.
Your message is very clear, and I ask that you continue to send letters so I can share them with the minister.
On Nov. 19, I introduced Bill 132, an amendment to the Energy Consumer Protection Act, which would ban private, fixed-rate electricity contracts for residential customers.
This bill, which now has passed second reading, was the culmination of years of work, both as a constituency assistant and as your MPP.
Over the past few years, the problem of nuisance bears overrunning the communities of Northwestern Ontario has escalated beyond what even we are—or should be—comfortable with.
Recent cuts to the province’s “Bear Wise” program, which removed the ability of MNR officials to trap and relocate nuisance bears, has left people across the north feeling vulnerable and at risk.
Many of us have never been to battle, never seen a comrade fall, never had to make a series of life-or-death decisions–all in the blink of an eye.
In fact, to the majority of the population, the concept of fighting for our freedom, or the freedom of others, is as surreal as those battlefields in the movies.
On Sept. 18, the premier announced the creation of a Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel.
According to the Ontario government’s news release, the purpose of the panel is to recommend “ways to fund public transit across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)” by meeting “with stakeholders and residents in the GTHA to get input on Metrolinx’s recommendations.”
Do you know a student in Grade 7 or 8 who would like to learn more about the way our province is governed?
The Legislative Page program may be the opportunity they are looking for.
If you have ever watched the legislature on television, you likely have noticed student pages shuffling between the aisles during proceedings.
In recent years, the price of electricity has increased substantially. Monthly bills that once were affordable have risen to the point that many people are struggling to make ends meet.
This has led many to enter into contracts with energy retailers, who promise savings and protection from high prices.
Unfortunately, most consumers end up paying more.
For years, many have raised concern about the ability of businesses, unions, and other entities to use their financial power to influence decisions.
In recent years, many governments have taken steps to reduce that influence—banning donations from businesses and unions in hopes of levelling the playing field.
Ontario is not one of those jurisdictions.
Having been recessed since mid-June, there is no shortage of issues to be raised when the fall session at Queen’s Park begins this Monday (Sept. 9).
While nobody can predict exactly what will happen over the next few months, we do have some pretty strong indications. For that reason, I’d like to take a few minutes and look at some of the issues I expect to be raised.
For years, the cost of auto insurance has been a source of frustration for many people across the northwest.
Despite legislative changes in 2010 that reduced costs for auto insurance companies, premiums have continued to rise—even for those with clean driving records.