Nov 1st 2016 MPP Jim McDonell Tables Motion to Save Rural Schools in SDSG

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell introduced a motion in the Legislature today calling upon the Minister of Education to suspend all Pupil Accommodation Reviews taking place across the province, and to sit down with communities and school boards to hammer out a long-term funding and infrastructure management strategy for rural schools, to help preserve […]

Oct 31st 2016 Monthly Column – Community Rallies to Save Rural Education

October has been a month of public meetings and rallies to stop a plan outlined in the Upper Canada District School Board’s report tabled last month.  It includes the closures of four rural high schools and the busing of students to Prescott, Vankleek Hill and a new 2,000 student mega school in Cornwall.  This is […]

Oct 27th 2016 A Measly Dime for Struggling Ratepayers

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell questioned the Premier today regarding her Government’s continued mismanagement of Ontario’s energy system by presenting examples of constituents facing energy poverty and pointing to the Government’s questionable figures in the planned deal to buy power from Quebec.   “Ontarians, especially in rural areas, have been facing unaffordable electricity bills […]

Oct 3rd 2016 Local Communities Must Be Heard on School Closure Proposal

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell demanded a commitment from the Minister of Education to ensure the community’s voices in the upcoming consultations on potential school closures in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry are taken into consideration. Under the current Pupil Accommodation Review Guidelines, the Board must only consider the “value to the student” and the “value to […]

Oct 3rd 2016 Monthly Column – School Closure Proposal Shocks SD&G

As tough as the Ontario Government policies have been on rural Ontario, Eastern Ontario was rocked by the Upper Canada District School Board staff report released last week. The report outlines the closing of 30 schools in UCDSB’s territory, the majority located in Cornwall and SD&G. All this after the Board closed a number of […]

Sep 29th 2016 Save rural schools in Eastern Ontario

The Ontario Government must step up to the plate and work with UCDSB to prevent the closure of important rural schools in our area.

Sep 27th 2016 MPP Jim McDonell Opposes School Closures

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell expects the Upper Canada District School Board to reject any report that comes before it that involves the closure of schools in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry starting in 2017.   “Rural education must be supported at all levels of government, and the current Ministry of Education has consistently failed rural Ontario […]

Sep 27th 2016 Liberals’ Announcements Do Nothing for SDSG

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell highlighted today during Question Period that the Government’s announcement of canceling 1,000 MW of potential wind and solar contracts does nothing to help residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry struggling with high hydro bills and frustrated by large renewable projects imposed upon their communities.   “This Government is obsessed with doing too […]

Sep 22nd 2016 Legislature Passes MPP McDonell’s Motion for Drivers

QUEEN’S PARK –The Ontario Legislature unanimously passed MPP Jim McDonell’s motion to guarantee a driver’s license medical reinstatement within 5 business days of a physician’s approval.   “There wasn’t even the need for a vote, it carried unanimously” MPP McDonell stated. “This is an important step forward for the Assembly and for the Government. Ontarians […]

Sep 22nd 2016 MPP Jim McDonell Demands Better Service for Ontario Drivers

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell questioned the Government today, demanding a commitment to serve Ontario drivers better through faster service at the Medical Review Section of the department. “Ontarians whose licenses have been suspended for medical reasons shouldn’t wait six weeks after their physicians have cleared them to have their licenses back” MPP McDonell […]

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