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Nov 28th 2016 Monthly Column – Credibility of Government Once Again at Stake

The alleged bribery investigation surrounding the Sudbury by-election reignited earlier this month with furor. Pat Sorbara, the former deputy chief of staff to Premier Wynne and Gerry Lougheed Jr, a political operative and fundraiser in Sudbury, were officially charged with violating the Elections Act. They allegedly offered a previous Liberal candidate a public appointment in […]

Nov 21st 2016 Communities Rally Against School Closures

QUEEN’S PARK – Residents from across the province came together for a rally at the Ontario Legislature on Monday demanding the Government stop the planned closure of hundreds of rural schools across Ontario.   “Six hundred schools are on the chopping block across the Province” MPP McDonell stated. “This isn’t just a local issue – […]

Nov 18th 2016 Local Consultation to Build Ontario’s Dementia Strategy

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell was joined today by members of the community in order to discuss Ontario’s efforts to develop a Dementia Strategy. The public consultation period ends today (November 18th), however feedback received from and through MPP offices will be accepted up to December 2nd.   “Caregivers, patients and health professionals shared a […]

Nov 14th 2016 Develop and Fund a Dementia Strategy for Ontario!

Help build a Dementia Strategy for Ontario. Sign the petition, complete the survey and join a roundtable discussion on November 18th.

Nov 2nd 2016 MPP McDonell Reintroduces Delegated Authorities Accountability Bill

QUEEN’S PARK – In the previous session, MPP Jim McDonell introduced Bill 219, the Delegated Administrative Authorities Accountability and Transparency Act. The reintroduced Bill (now Bill 58) would, if passed into law, make the appointment process to Delegated Authorities such as the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Electrical Safety Authority, Motor Vehicle Council and other […]

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 […]

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