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April 22, 2014

Canadian former deputy PM Herb Gray dies at age 82

Canadian former deputy PM Herb Gray dies at age 82

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Herb Gray, a Canadian former deputy Prime Minister whose federal political career stretched 39 years, died yesterday. He was 82.

The lawyer from Windsor was undefeated through thirteen consecutive elections, from 1962 to his last in 2000. The Liberal was the third longest serving Parliamentarian of the nation. Nicknamed Gray Herb for his seriousness and The Gray Fog for his ability to deflect questions, Herb was the first Jewish minister in Canada.

Deputy PM Sheila Copps‘s 1997 resignation saw Gray promoted to fill the role. Prior to that he served as interim Liberal leader in 1990.

Despite his professional seriousness he had a love of political satire, collecting editorial cartoons and listening to radio shows such as Royal Canadian Air Farce and Double Exposure. Outside of politics he enjoyed rock music and played classical piano.

Gray survived throat cancer treated with radiation in the 1990s and operations for prostate and heart conditions in 1999 and 2001 respectively.

James Moore, Conservative current Minister for Industry, tweeted about the “marvel” of Gray “swatting away our questions […] when we were in opposition.” Current Liberal head Justin Trudeau said Gray was a “great statesman” who “left behind an immense legacy unmatched by most in Canadian history”.

Copps said he was “an incredible Canadian and a brilliant parliamentarian” and ex-leader of the Liberals Bob Rae said he “served Canada with such distinction and care”. Current Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Gray “an honourable parliamentarian who served his country well”.

Gray is survived by wife Sharon Sholzberg, who once said she not once witnessed her partner heading “out for a drink with the boys”, and their two children and eight grandchildren.



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September 23, 2008

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Katy Austin running in Simcoe—Grey

CanadaVOTES: NDP candidate Katy Austin running in Simcoe—Grey

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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2008 Canadian federal election

ALBERTA
Calgary Southwest: CHP
Edmonton—Leduc: NDP
Yellowhead: CHP

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Langley: CHP*
Vancouver Kingsway: NDP

MANITOBA
Brandon—Souris: CHP

NOVA SCOTIA
Dartmouth—Cole Harbour: CHP

ONTARIO
Cambridge: NDP
Carleton—Mississippi Mills: NDP
Don Valley West: NDP
Elgin—Middlesex—London: NDP
Haldimand—Norfolk: LIB, CHP
Hamilton Centre: NDP i
Hamilton East—Stoney Creek: NDP i
Lanark-Front.-Lennox & Addin.: LIB
Parry Sound—Muskoka: NDP
Perth—Wellington: LIB
Prince Edward—Hastings: NDP
Simcoe—Grey: NDP
Thornhill: LIB i
Toronto Centre: AAEV*
Toronto—Danforth: LIB, AAEV
York—Simcoe: CHP

QUEBEC
Louis-Hébert: CHP
Westmount—Ville-Marie: NDP

SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar: Lbtn

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On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. New Democratic Party candidate Katy Austin is standing for election in the riding of Simcoe—Grey. Born in St. Catherines and raised in Barrie, Austin has a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education from the University of Windsor. Teaching in various Ontario schools, she has been active in the Simcoe NDP riding association since 1975. Austin rode her bike, solo, from Victoria, British Columbia to Elmvale, Ontario (a total of 4 500 km) in 40 days during the summer of 1996, camping along the way.

Wikinews contacted Katy Austin, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

The riding is currently held by Helena Guergis (Conservative), the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Sport. Also challenging Guergis are Peter Ellis (Green), Andrea Matrosovs (Liberal), Caley McKibbin (Libertarian), and Peter Vander Zaag (Christian Heritage).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

Interview

Why are you running for political office, why at the federal level, why this party, and why in this riding?

I am running in this campaign as the New Democrat candidate because I believe that the strength of a democracy depends on the active involvement of all its citizens in the issues that are most important to the country, and because I want to be the spokesperson for those who agree with the fundamental values and policies of the New Democrat Party of Canada.

Previous to this campaign, have you been politically involved? How will you apply your previous work/volunteer/lifeexperience to serving your constituents?

I have been involved with the New Democrats in all federal and provincial elections since 1974, first as a canvasser, then election day organizer, campaign office manager, campaign manager, and finally candidate. I have also been on the executive of the riding association for 10 years and am currently the president.

As you campaign around your riding, it’s likely that some issues are mentioned more often by voters, than other issues. What would you say are the three hottest topics this election, in your riding? What would you and your party do to address these issues?

The three most important issues people in my riding seem to be discussing are:
  1. The environment, especially the need to deal with global warming. Our party is committed to making big polluters pay, meeting promised emissions reduction targets, moving away from dependence on oil and gas, and moving towards a green energy economy with green collar jobs.
  2. Help for small farmers to make a decent living. Our party is committed to fighting to end export subsidies and dumping that have caused worldwide price distortions and have devastated rural economies around the world.
  3. Job losses. Our party is committed to investing $100 million a year in skills training and the manufacturing sector and reforming employment insurance for workers and tradespeople to provide greater access to full- and part-time training.
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There are more ways than ever to get your message out, from the traditional campaign fliers and lawn signs, to new media like websites, Facebook, and YouTube. The tried-and-true routes get the message out to the masses much easier, but digital alternatives are much more measurable in how many are seeing or interacting with your campaign. What seems to be the most effective, from your experience?

All methods of getting the message out to people are effective. The important thing is for people to study these messages with a critical eye and to make an informed and wise decision which benefits all Canadians.
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February 19, 2008

National Hockey League news: February 19, 2008

National Hockey League news: February 19, 2008

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

There were 4 games played in the National Hockey League on February 18, 2008, including the struggling Detroit Red Wings, who have dropped 6 straight, taking on their rivals the Colorado Avalanche.

Game summaries

Carolina Hurricanes @ New Jersey Devils

  1 2 3 Total
Carolina Hurricanes 0 1 0 1
New Jersey Devils 2 2 1 5

The Devils were on the board first, when Travis Zajac scored two minutes into the game. Mike Mottau would score a power play goal just over 5 minutes later to give New Jersey a 2 goal lead. Jay Pandolfo would increase their lead with an early second period goal. Jeff Hamilton would score an unassisted goal at 6:17 in the second period to put Carolina on the score board. A few minutes later, Johnny Oduya would put the Devils back up by three goals. Zach Parise would score in the closing seconds of the game, his 23rd of the season. The Devils won their 4th in 5 games, and ended Carolina’s three game winning streak.

San Jose Sharks @ New York Islanders

  1 2 3 Total
San Jose Sharks 0 1 1 2
New York Islanders 0 0 3 3

Marcel Goc put the Sharks on the scoreboard at 2:19 in the second period. Halfway through the game, Radek Martinek made a shot on goal, hitting the mask of the Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, breaking the mask and bloodying the face of the San Jose goalminder. He would return, with stitches, in the third period. Joe Thornton add a goal for San Jose at 2:14 in the third period. After that, it was all the Islanders. Andy Hilbert, Mike Comrie, and Freddy Meyer would each score a goal for New York to give them the lead before the game was over.

Detroit Red Wings @ Colorado Avalanche

  1 2 3 Total
Detroit Red Wings 2 2 0 4
Colorado Avalanche 0 0 0 0

There’s no question that the Detroit Red Wings needed a victory, after losing six straight. They picked one up in Colorado. Chris Chellios started the scoring for the Red Wings at 12:03 in the first period. In the closing minute of the first period, Valtteri Filppula would increase the Detroit lead to two with a power-play goal. Henrik Zetterberg would light the lamp twice in the second period, first on the power play at 7:42, then again just over two minutes later, to double Detroit’s lead.

Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom left the game in the first period after taking a hit from Ian Laperriere. Lidstrom got up obviously shaken, and was assisted by a nearby referee for balance as he made his way off the ice. It’s been reported that he has injured his right knee. There were also worries of a possible head injury; Lidstrom appeared dazed before getting up from the ice, but tests for a concussion have come back negative.

Phoenix Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings

  1 2 3 Total
Phoenix Coyotes 2 2 0 4
Los Angeles Kings 0 0 0 0

Phoenix scored first, when Ed Jovanovski got his 10th goal of the season, assisted by Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan, to put the Coyotes up early. Less than two minutes later, Vrbata would score a goal of his own to increase the Phoenix advantage to two goals early in the game. Daniel Carcillo would put the Coyotes up by three goals at 4:16 in the second period, and Daniel Winnik would increase the Phoenix lead at 12:40, which was assisted by Jovanovski. Phoenix picked up the victory, and Wayne Gretzky won his hundredth game as head coach of the Coyotes.

Other news

According to Peter Forsberg’s agent, it is unlikely Forsberg will be returning to the NHL this season, this after weeks of speculation over which club would sign the free agent forward. Forsberg hasn’t played in the NHL this season due to foot and ankle problems.

The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Brent Seabrook to a three year, US$10.5 million contract. Seabrook has scored 7 goals, 12 assists, and is a +12 this season with the Hawks.

St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace was named the NHL first star of the week. Legace had a 3-0-1 record for the week, and gave up only 5 goals on 130 shots. Islanders left wing Ruslan Fedotenko was named the second star. He had 4 goals and an assist, including two goals in the Islanders’ 5-4 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on St. Valentine’s Day, his first multi-goal game of the season. Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price was named the third star. Price, who has started the last three games for the Habs in place of the struggling Cristobal Huet, had 3 wins this week, including a shutout against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The captain of the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, center Mickey Renaud, died after collapsing in his home Monday afternoon. He was rushed to Windsor Regional Hospital in Windsor, Ontario, where he was pronounced dead after attempts at reviving the 19 year old failed. Renaud was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2007, a fifth round pick. He scored 21 goals and 20 assists in the 56 games he played this season.

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December 13, 2007

Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season

Explicit Canadian workplace safety ads pulled from TV due to Christmas season

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Controversial and explicit Canadian workplace safety ads have been pulled from television, and paper ads from some bus shelters for the Christmas season. However, the ads will return to air in January.

“It’s totally erroneous to suggest we’re pulling anything,” chairman of the Workplace Safety and Information Board of Ontario, Steve Mahoney said. “Our plan from Day 1 was to stop the ads around the middle of December when most of the advertising that’s in the media is focused on Christmas and purchasing gifts. We just didn’t want to be competing with all that stuff.”

In one of the TV ads a woman accidentally slips on grease on the floor and a large steaming pot falls onto her face, and she starts screaming to death. The ads end with the message “There really are no accidents”.

A paper ads shows a construction worker who is in a pool of blood with a forklift operation manual stuck in his chest. Another with a man who is slit by a “Danger” sign with his leg stuck in a machine. They show the messages: “Lack of training can kill” and the other “Ignoring safety procedures can kill”.

“The critics amount to about 25 per cent rating, and I’m delighted they’re upset about the ads because I wouldn’t want anyone to enjoy watching them.”

The videos have been viewed more than 70,000 times on the Board’s website and are gaining large amounts of views on YouTube.

The transit authorities of Hamilton and Mississauga will show modified advertisements. The transit authority of Guelph will show the ads in bus shelters, but the transit authority of Windsor will not because of the graphic nature.

“We’re not against workplace safety, but this is too graphic,” said Caroline Postma, chair of the Transit Windsor board.

Mississauga city councillour Carolyn Parrish said: “My son-in-law was telling me that they shouldn’t be on in prime time because when [my grandson] watches them he just about bursts into tear. Now he follows his mom around the kitchen to make sure she doesn’t spill grease. And he’s only four. There’s too much of a chance that … people are really badly affected by it, and can’t really do anything about it anyway.” She suggested the ads only be aired to workers with the jobs shown in the commercials.

Mahoney changed the earlier promise to air the ads only after 8:00pm to after 9:00pm at last nights meeting with Mississauga city council.

Mahoney said the commercials and paper ads are not “too graphic at all”. And they are “absolutely appropriate and they’re doing what they’re intended to do, they’re creating what I call a water cooler topic of conversation.”

Ninety-eight Canadian workers so far have been killed on the job this year.

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October 7, 2007

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Aaron Parent, Essex

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Aaron Parent, Essex

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Sunday, October 7, 2007

Ontario general election, 2007

Algoma-Manitoulin: FCP
Ajax-Pickering: GRN
Beaches-East York: FCP
Bramalea-Gore-Malton: GRN, NDP, PC
Brant: PC
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound: NDP
Carleton—Mississippi Mills: GRN
Chatham—Kent—Essex: FCP
Don Valley East: FRE
Don Valley West: FCP
Durham: PC
Essex: LBR
Hamilton Centre: GRN
Hamilton East: FCP
Kenora—Rainy River: PC
Kitchener Centre: FCP
Kitchener-Conestoga: LBR
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex: FCP
London-Fanshawe: PC
London North Centre: GRN
Nepean-Carleton: FCP, GRN
Newmarket-Aurora: FCP
Oakville: GRN
Ottawa Centre: COMM
Ottawa-Orleans: FRE
Ottawa West-Nepean: GRN
Oxford: LIB
Parkdale-High Park: LBR
Peterborough: GRN
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke: NDP
Scarborough-Rouge River: LBR, NDP
St. Paul’s: FCP, IND
Sudbury: FCP
Thornhill: GRN
Toronto Centre: COMM
Toronto—Danforth: LBR, COMM
Thunder Bay-Atikokan: GRN
Trinity-Spadina: LIB, PC
Vaughan: GRN, NDP
Welland: GRN
Willowdale: GRN, FCP
Windsor-Tecumseh‎: GRN
Whitby-Oshawa‎: GRN
York Centre: GRN

What colours will the map be October 11th?

Map of the new ridings in Southern Ontario coloured in by using the transposition of the results of the 2003 election.

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Elections Ontario

Aaron Parent is running for the Libertarian in the Ontario provincial election, in the Essex riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Interview

Why have you chosen to involve yourself in the political process? Why did you choose to run in this constituency?

I chose to involve myself because I’ve never heard anyone express an unabashed love for their government. Most people are disenchanted with the sordid affairs of politics which is why I am beseeching fellow Ontarians to vote for less government. I’m also passionate about absolute civil liberty and freedom of choice, something libertarians idealize but are restricted in utilizing in part from government legislation and taxation. I chose to run in this constituency because I’m not sure many people are familiar with libertarian ideology and I wanted to educate and hopefully invigorate potential voters.

What prior political experience do you have? What skills and insight can you bring to office, from other non-political positions you may have held?

None, per se. I am, however, a 4th year Honours student at the University of Windsor majoring in Communication Studies/Political Science so I’m familiar with the political spectrum. I’ve owned and operated my own lawn service (which makes me a lawntrepreneur, of sorts) for a number of years so I’ve become accustomed to dealing with people and satisfying their needs. I genuinely care about people’s concerns and always want to make them happy, much like I would do as an MPP.

Which of your competitors do you expect to pose the biggest challenge to your candidacy? Why? What makes you the most desirable of all candidates running in the riding?

Anyone who believes that government is the solution to the majority of our problems (health care, education, and environment) or believes taxation is good. Our party is quite different in that we believe the government IS the problem. In the grand scheme of things, we would take power so we could greatly reduce our own power. Government should be kept to an absolute minimum and not rule like a tax-hungry leviathan.

What do you feel are the three most important issues to voters in your riding? Are these the same top three issues that are most important to you? What would you do to address these issues?

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  • Wind turbines as a viable source of renewable energy
  • Agriculture
To address these issues I would do very little because we libertarians believe that the government prevents any real resolution. These matters should be resolved civilly and judiciously in private courts without the government unilaterally imposing their will or without politicians being financially bribed into favouring one side.

What should be the first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly?

Hypothetically, if libertarians ever gained power we would dissolve the government to an absolute minimum and immediately seeks measures to abolish taxation or curtail it as much as possible.

Are the property taxes in your riding at a fair level for the amount of services received in the municipality?

No; libertarians believe property owners should have exclusive rights over their land. They bought their land and should own and control it themselves without being subject to government scrutiny. If all other forms of taxation were abolished we would convert property taxes to fees for municipal services and introduce as much free market choice as possible. Property owners should be the true assessors of their land’s value, not the government.

How can the province lead the way in stimulating job creation?

By introducing a free market which attracts businesses both small and large and doesn’t deter them due to exorbitant taxation and government intervention.

What are your views on the mixed member proportional representation (MMP) referendum?’

It could potentially lead to a coalition government whereby a party with the most seats forms an alliance with the party with the least seats needed to form a majority. Subsequently, the smaller party can hold the legislature at ransom and threaten a new election if they don’t get their way. Elections cost taxpayers which is another problem with our system. Why should we have to pay for such shenanigans? The MMP is good for name recognition and exposure but can lead to chaos.

What role, if any, does “new media” play in your campaign, and the campaign of your party? (websites, blogs, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc) Do you view it as beneficial, or a challenge?

“The medium is the message”, as our good friend Marshall McLuhan once said. It probably hasn’t played as large a role as it should but fortunately there are a number of websites which list all of the candidates which is beneficial for exposure. I’ve also joined the Libertarians of Essex County Facebook group to get my name, as well as the party’s, out there. The Ontario Libertarian Party as well as the Libertarian Party of Canada websites are great for information on our platform as well as candidates.

Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?

Generally, most decisions are harmful to all Ontarians as the government takes away our freedom of choice and makes decisions they think we’ll like or hope we accept based on their inability to manage money and function cohesively.



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September 25, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: September 25, 2007

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Canadian UAW workers forced to strike

Union workers on strike. Credit: Commons user Kaihsu Tai

Canadian workers with the Canadian Auto Workers Union have gone on strike due to 70,000 American employees of United Auto Workers Union (UAW) forced to strike against General Motors (GM), just one day ago.

GM Canada’s Windsor, Ontario plant, which employs 1,400 people shut down on Monday. On Tuesday Car Plant 1 in Oshawa, Ontario, which employs 3,000, closed at 3:00am ET. Car Plant 2, also in Oshawa, which employs 2,500 workers, could make a speedy close today or tomorrow. Other GM car plants in Ontario are also feared to close during the strike.

If the strike in the U.S. stays, up to 100,000 Canadian UAW workers could be laid off, according to Buzz Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union. Eighty-thousand Canadians work for the auto-parts industry in Canada, and 40,000 could be laid off, Hargrove also says.

According to the BBC, analysts say the strike will only last for two weeks. The UAW last called a national strike on GM 30 years ago.

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UK researchers publish new survey on sleep

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Findings on a new “sleep survey” seem to be mixed as a sleep analysis of 10,308 government workers over seventeen years was recently made public. The study was conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London in the United Kingdom.

The participants were aged 35-55. Researchers examined the participants’ sleeping habits between the years of 1995 to 1998, and 1992 to 1993, and mortality rates until 2004. It also compared the social lives of the participants to sleeping habits.

The study shows that, if a person cuts their sleep from seven hours to five hours they ultimately risk an increase of death and death from cardiovascular problems. But sleeping more than eight hours doubles the risk of death, and death would be triggered from non-cardiovascular diseases. Sleeping less than five hours per night increases a risk of weight gain, Type 2 diabetes, and other diseases, which could end up in leading to death.

“A third of the population of the UK and over 40 percent in the U.S. regularly sleep less than five hours a night, so it is not a trivial problem,” said Francesco Cappuccio, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Warwick. “The current pressures in society to cut out sleep, in order to squeeze in more, may not be a good idea — particularly if you go below five hours.”

“This change, largely the result of sleep curtailment to create more time for leisure and shift-work, has meant that reports of fatigue, tiredness and excessive daytime sleepiness are more common than a few decades ago. Sleep represents the daily process of physiological restitution and recovery, and lack of sleep has far-reaching effects,” he said on the university’s website.

“In terms of prevention, our findings indicate that consistently sleeping around seven hours per night is optimal for health,” Cappuccio added.

The new findings have been published on medical journal SLEEP’s website. It will officially be published in the magazines next issue.

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September 24, 2007

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Andrew McAvoy, Windsor-Tecumseh

Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Green candidate Andrew McAvoy, Windsor-Tecumseh

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Ontario general election, 2007

Algoma-Manitoulin: FCP
Ajax-Pickering: GRN
Beaches-East York: FCP
Bramalea-Gore-Malton: GRN, NDP, PC
Brant: PC
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound: NDP
Carleton—Mississippi Mills: GRN
Chatham—Kent—Essex: FCP
Don Valley East: FRE
Don Valley West: FCP
Durham: PC
Essex: LBR
Hamilton Centre: GRN
Hamilton East: FCP
Kenora—Rainy River: PC
Kitchener Centre: FCP
Kitchener-Conestoga: LBR
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex: FCP
London-Fanshawe: PC
London North Centre: GRN
Nepean-Carleton: FCP, GRN
Newmarket-Aurora: FCP
Oakville: GRN
Ottawa Centre: COMM
Ottawa-Orleans: FRE
Ottawa West-Nepean: GRN
Oxford: LIB
Parkdale-High Park: LBR
Peterborough: GRN
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke: NDP
Scarborough-Rouge River: LBR, NDP
St. Paul’s: FCP, IND
Sudbury: FCP
Thornhill: GRN
Toronto Centre: COMM
Toronto—Danforth: LBR, COMM
Thunder Bay-Atikokan: GRN
Trinity-Spadina: LIB, PC
Vaughan: GRN, NDP
Welland: GRN
Willowdale: GRN, FCP
Windsor-Tecumseh‎: GRN
Whitby-Oshawa‎: GRN
York Centre: GRN

What colours will the map be October 11th?

Map of the new ridings in Southern Ontario coloured in by using the transposition of the results of the 2003 election.

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Elections Ontario

Andrew McAvoy is running for the Green Party of Ontario in the Ontario provincial election, in the Windsor-Tecumseh riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

Interview

Why have you chosen to involve yourself in the political process? Why did you choose to run in this constituency?

My decision to run as a candidate is for the same reasons as some many people call Windsor-Tecumseh their home – because I love my community and I care about our future.

What prior political experience do you have? What skills and insight can you bring to office, from other non-political positions you may have held?

Born and raised in Windsor, I has studied at the University of Windsor, University of Western Ontario, and St. Clair College. While at the University of Windsor, I was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Student’s Alliance as well as the Finance Committee. I also served on the President’s Advisory Council, on the University of Windsor Human Rights Panel, and as a member of the Special Needs Advisory Committee.

Which of your competitors do you expect to pose the biggest challenge to your candidacy? Why? What makes you the most desirable of all candidates running in the riding?

Residents are telling me that our current representation is not listening to us. As a voter in this riding too, I agree. Any politician can make promises. It takes a special individual to follow-through. I have outlined a Follow-Through Plan for Windsor-Tecumseh, which will ensure that I will be accountable to you. Please visit my website or call my campaign office for full details on this plan.

What do you feel are the three most important issues to voters in your riding? Are these the same top three issues that are most important to you? What would you do to address these issues?

  • Accountability in representation – MPPs should be accountable to their constituents and should represent their wishes
  • Jobs and the economy – the need for new sustainable jobs and policies to encourage growth
  • Border crossing – the need to take a common sense approach towards a full tunneling solution

What should be the first order of business in the 39th Legislative Assembly?

Addressing the crisis with jobs and the economy in Ontario.

Are the property taxes in your riding at a fair level for the amount of services received in the municipality?

No they are not. I will work to make changes to the current property assessment process and fight to replace the existing system with a new Location Value Tax system that is fair for everyone.
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How can the province lead the way in stimulating job creation?

First, create a plan. Second, follow-through with a sound plan.
As MPP, my follow-through plan includes tirelessly working towards sustainable job growth, and doing so immediately, for the 1 in 10 unemployed people in our riding. I will work hard to create common sense solutions with the private sector along with the creation of sound public policies ensuring the creation of sustainable jobs and the building of a brighter tomorrow for Windsor/Essex County.

What are your views on the mixed member proportional representation (MMP) referendum?

I have not come to a personal decision on how I vote. As a candidate, I feel it inappropriate to take a public position. This is a decision of all Ontarians, and I respect our choice to choose together without any political interference.

What role, if any, does “new media” play in your campaign, and the campaign of your party? (websites, blogs, Facebook, YouTube videos, etc) Do you view it as beneficial, or a challenge?

Website is a huge part of my campaign. It allows me to get my message to all the residents of my riding, but also to hear from them on the issues that are close to their heart. I have a campaign Facebook group as well as our campaign events listed as Facebook events. All these are benefits to my campaign and to the greater good for voters.

Of the decisions made by Ontario’s 38th Legislative Assembly, which was the most beneficial to your this electoral district? To the province as a whole? Which was least beneficial, or even harmful, to your this riding? To the province as a whole?

This last Parliament was treated by the McGuinty government as a place to break promises. They did more harm to the public’s perception of politicians as far back as I can recall.

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July 24, 2007

Canada-wide manhunt for suspect in Ontario slayings

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Police are currently on the hunt for a suspect in two Ontario, Canada, murders.

22-year-old Jesse Imeson, a native of the Windsor, Ontario area, is already wanted for the first-degree murder of Carlos Rivera, 26, a bartender at a gay strip club in Windsor, last week. Now Ontario Provincial Police are issuing a Canada-wide warrant for him in connection of the slaying of an elderly couple in their rural home near Grand Bend, on the shore of Lake Huron.

“I have to stress again the importance of not approaching the individual and contacting police immediately,” says Ontario Provincial Police Const. Jeff Walraven on Tuesday. “We’d much rather deal with a suspicious person at the time than have to deal with the circumstances that arise.”

Investigators have warned the public to be on the lookout for a grey 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck with the licence plate JK8334. It is the slain couple’s vehicle and they suspect that Imeson has stolen it.

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August 16, 2006

Fire in Amherstburg, Ontario dies down

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A huge fire at a plastics recycling plant fire forced hundreds of residents in Amherstburg, a Southwestern Ontario town, to flee their homes.

It started early yesterday afternoon. Smoke was 20 metres high over the area and grew to roughly the size of two football fields.

Residents were evacuated from 360 nearby houses, but by 6:00 P.M. ET (UTC-5) were told it was safe to return after officials determined the smoke was not considered to be a health risk.

Dave Fields, the fire chief from nearby Windsor, said “80 firefighters were called in from other districts to battle the flames”.

“If people are going to store materials like this, you can’t be available to store them in these types of quantities. It’s a disaster waiting to happen,” said Chief Fields. Chief Fields blamed storage practices at Enviro-Tech for much of the problem, saying the amount of high-density plastic stored at the plant made fighting the fire nearly impossible.

Also, a toxic cloud of chemicals forced 1,500 employees and residents to flee after a fire engulfed the laboratory of a coatings plant north of Montreal at Boisbriand, Quebec. Thick black smoke swirled over the town located at the intersection of Highways 15 and 640.

More than 100 firefighters were called about 12:00 P.M. ET to get rid of the blaze on the third floor at Polyval Coatings Inc.

Fire Chief Christian Grand’Maison said early last night that “the fire wasn’t yet under control but there were no longer concerns that it could flare up again”. The evacuation order was lifted about 7:00 P.M.

People who live east of Boisbriand and nearby Rosemere have been asked to keep their windows closed until it’s clear, while Environment Quebec is at the smoke scene and is testing the air quality.

Three people have minor injuries. One employee was burned on the arm. A firefighter and a resident were treated for smoke inhalation.

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August 1, 2006

Heat gets worse in Canada

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Extreme heat alerts have been issued in Hamilton and in Toronto.

Temperatures are expected to go into the mid 30s C (80-90s F) with the humidex expected to reach into the high 40s C (117-120 F).

Smoggy air is expected to move into the Toronto-area on Tuesday from the Windsor to London corridor, where a smog alert was also in place on Monday.

The heat has been compounded by severe storms over the weekend in southwestern Ontario and the Peterborough area.

Almost 31,000 residences were without power for a couple of hours in Peterborough County after a storm was in the area, uprooting trees and knocking down hydro poles. It also tore a roof off a house.

The City of Toronto opens public cooling stations at the East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre and Metro Hall.

Toronto set a new record for any date when the overnight temperature did not go lower than 27 C (aprox. 84 F) overnight, besting the record of 26.5 set in 1999. The daytime humidex hit 47 C (aprox. 117 F) by mid-day and was expected to go slightly higher in the afternoon.

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