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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 […]

Sep 19th 2016 MPP Jim McDonell to Debate Motion for Ontario Drivers

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell will stand up for all Ontario drivers this Thursday. During Private Members’ Business time in the Legislature, he will call forward the following motion for debate: In the opinion of this House, the Ministry of Transportation should institute a five business day service guarantee for re-instating drivers’ licenses suspended […]

Sep 15th 2016 Ontario Giving Away Billions of Dollars in Energy

QUEEN’S PARK – Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown is standing up for Ontarians fed up with their outrageous electricity bills and challenging the Premier to stop Ontario’s continued off-loading of excess electricity to competing jurisdictions below its production cost. This practice is resulting in billions of dollars in losses to Ontario ratepayers and […]

Sep 12th 2016 New Gloss – Same Old Liberals

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario Government set the agenda for the new legislative session in its Speech From the Throne following a brief prorogation last week. The Throne Speech contained references to childcare spaces, HST rebates on home electricity bills, health spending and infrastructure. “The Liberals’ promises are just smoke and mirrors” MPP McDonell said. […]

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