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February 18, 2008

Ontario, Canada celebrates Family Day

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Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario, Canada
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On Monday, February 18, many people in the Canadian province of Ontario are to get a new holiday from work and school.

Under new legislation passed shortly after their re-election in October, the provincial Liberal government under Premier Dalton McGuinty introduced the statutory holiday, called Family Day, to be celebrated on the third Monday of every February, starting this year.

“There is nothing more valuable to families than time together. And yet it seems tougher than ever to find, with so many of us living such busy lives,” McGuinty was quoted as saying in a press release.

“That’s why, on the third Monday of this coming February — and every February from now on — Ontarians deserve a new statutory holiday — Family Day.”

Controversy

Due to the haste in which the holiday was introduced, courts were forced to reschedule cases booked before the holiday was approved. In Toronto, hundreds of drivers will receive an unexpected holiday from their traffic tickets as courts there have cancelled hundreds of minor cases.

The Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario is home to thousands of federal workers who are regulated under national rather than provincial labour laws, therefore Ontario’s Family Day holiday does not apply to them. Meanwhile, management at the city’s Rideau Centre mall was surprised to learn that a tourist-related exemption that normally allows their stores to open does not automatically apply for newly-introduced holidays such as Family Day.

An estimated 40% of Ontario workers will not receive more time away from work due to Family Day due to various exemptions, or because their work is not under provincial jurisdiction. Meanwhile, many businesses complain of extra costs incurred because of an extra statutory holiday.

Family Day elsewhere

Ontario joins the province of Alberta and Saskatchewan in celebrating a Family Day on the third Monday of February. The holiday coincides with Manitoba’s Louis Riel Day, celebrated on the same day starting this year. South Africa and the Australian Capital Territory (“Family and Community Day”) have yearly Family Days on other dates.



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February 21, 2007

Canadian MPP joins Ontario\’s Liberal cabinet

Canadian MPP joins Ontario’s Liberal cabinet

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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Recently elected Markham, Ontario MPP Michael Chan became Ontario’s Revenue Minister today to reflect the large Chinese-Canadian community.

Former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae created the revenue ministry. Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty recreated it because he wanted Chan in it. He also said that Finance Minister Greg Sorbara needs a hand with his job and this would help.

“Michael is a strong member of our team and brings a great deal of experience to this position,” McGuinty said today. “Michael is passionate about building opportunity for Ontario families and we’re happy to have him on the team.”

Before getting in power, Chan owned an insurance brokerage in Markham with hundreds of agents. A by-election was called for two ridings including Markham. Chan won on February 8 and was just sworn in two days ago.

The Ontario cabinet now has 27 ministers.

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December 15, 2006

Court of Appeal upholds Ontario\’s talks with Caledonia

Court of Appeal upholds Ontario’s talks with Caledonia

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Friday, December 15, 2006

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The Ontario Court of Appeal yesterday has reaffirmed Ontario’s right to negotiate with Six Nations protesters on the disputed Douglas Creek Estates, a housing development, which was bought by the province, in Caledonia, Ontario.

The decision says that the attorney general and the OPP will decide if new proceedings will be launched against the protesters. The court decision also allows the protesters to continue occuping the land. It said Six Nations protesters are no longer occupying the land illegally because the Ontario government now owns the land and will let protesters continue, and that talks with both levels of government have “restored a measure of peace to the community.”

“Ontario is content to permit the peaceful occupation of its property,” the decision reads. “It has the right to do so. As a property owner it has the right to use its own land as it sees fit.”

Caledonia Mayor Marie Trainer said the decision shows that aboriginals are above the law. Mayor Trainer also said that she hoped the court of appeal would upheld a lower court order to halt negotiations with the province and federal government until protesters cleared the disputed land.

“It shows two rules of law — you and I couldn’t stay there illegally but they [the aboriginals] apparently can. That’s what’s irritating for everyone,” Trainer said. “It’s frustrating, especially when it’s illegal.”

Premier Dalton McGuinty said he was glad that the court reaffirmed the province’s right to continue talks with protesters. He also added that the dispute is a federal issue.

“We are now waiting for the federal government to bring a substantive proposal to the table that would involve a number of aspects related to this land claim, including the use of this specific parcel,” McGuinty said.

The Caledonia land dispute has been going on since February 28 and still has not been resolved. The native protesters occupied the Douglas Creek Estates, southwest of Hamilton, saying that the property belongs to them.

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September 15, 2006

New Democrats score upset in Ontario\’s Parkdale-High Park by-election

New Democrats score upset in Ontario’s Parkdale-High Park by-election

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The Ontario New Democratic Party has scored an upset victory in a hotly contested provincial by-election in the Toronto riding of Parkdale—High Park. New Democrat Cheri DiNovo defeated Ontario Liberal Party candidate Sylvia Watson by over 2,000 votes. DiNovo received 41% of the vote compared to 33% for Watson. Progressive Conservative Dave Hutcheon was third with 17% of the vote while Green Party leader Frank De Jong was fourth with 6%.

The by-election was an important one for the ruling Ontario Liberal Party as the province enters an election year. The Liberals held the riding until former MPP Gerard Kennedy resigned, earlier this year, to focus on his bid to win the leadership of the federal Liberal Party of Canada. In the 2003 provincial election he held the riding with a commanding 57% of the vote.

Speaking Thursday night, NDP leader Howard Hampton said “There are no safe seats for the McGuinty government. People see us as a viable option.”

Despite having been considered one of the safest Liberal seats in the province the by-election campaign has gone badly for the Grits who have pulled out all the stops in the past week after internal polling showed them in danger of losing. On Monday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and eleven of members of his cabinet spent much of the day campaigning in the riding. The last seven days has also seen a series of aggressive accusations aimed at DiNovo, a United Church minister. The allegations, which were initially made on blogs and anonymous fliers have, in the past few days, been issued in official Liberal Party press releases and statements and accuse her of not being suited for sitting in the provincial legislature. They focused on her admitted drug use when she was a street kid in the 1960s and what a Toronto Star column called “carefully edited excerpts from her sermons”. Liberal candidate Sylvia Watson, a Toronto City Councillor, issued a press release alleging that DiNovo described the media’s treatment of murderer Karla Homolka to the “persecution of Jesus Christ”. DiNovo, who has billed herself as the “Radical Reverend” responded by saying the comments were taken entirely out of context and threatened to sue Watson’s campaign.

Toronto mayor David Miller issued a statement denouncing the Liberal tactics as a “smear” while the media has been generally critical of the Liberal attacks on DiNovo as has the Progressive Conservatives whose candidate, Dave Hutcheon accused the Liberals of trying to “assassinate the character” of DiNovo. Premier McGuinty responded to the negative reaction saying “Look, it’s a tough by-election for us.”

Some Liberals and some columnists have argued that the anti-DiNovo campaign is payback for the 2001 Beaches—East York by-election in which the NDP suggested that a sex scene in a novel written by Liberal candidate Bob Hunter condoned pedophilia.

Graham White, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, told the Globe and Mail that the tactics might hurt the Liberals. “It just looks like really bad politics,” he said. “Even if this is enough to sway voters in the riding for the by-election, it seems to me the larger risk is very substanial.”

Final vote count

220 POLLS OUT OF 220

Candidate-Political Affiliation-Votes-%

  • Frank DE JONG, GREEN PARTY OF ONTARIO, 1758, 6.2
  • Cheri DI NOVO, NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ONTARIO, 11675, 41.0
  • Stan GRZYWNA, FAMILY COALITION PARTY OF ONTARIO, 366, 1.3
  • David HUTCHEON, PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF ONTARIO, 4921, 17.3
  • Jim MCINTOSH, ONTARIO LIBERTARIAN PARTY, 162, 0.6
  • John C. TURMEL, INDEPENDENT, 77, 0.3
  • Silvio URSOMARZO, FREEDOM PARTY OF ONTARIO, 111, 0.4
  • Sylvia WATSON, ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY, 9387, 33.0

source:Elections Ontario

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