News from me: @pamelacross541 & I have been proud to serve as co-chairs of Ontario’s Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women. Established in 2015, the Roundtable has provided strategic advice to government on emerging issues related to #VAW. #Onpoli
Through the Roundtable’s ongoing engagement with government and sector partners, we have achieved policy and program change, including provisions in #Bill148, the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, to provide paid leave to employees who experience domestic or sexual violence.
It’s expensive not to address gender-based violence: it has impacts from health to criminal law process to the economy. Justice Canada estimates the total economic impact of domestic violence on employers annually in Canada is about $78 million. #Onpoli#MeToo
1. After this debacle of a post, maybe it's finally time for @cathmckenna to rest her Twitter thumbs. Below, she lauds the pro-carbon tax @PAPOICanada initiative. This seems innocuous at first, but let's explore this group's partners & mandate shall we? #onpoli#cdnpoli#abpoli
2. @PAPOICanada supports an escalating carbon tax & a $100/tonne carbon tax. According to University of Calgary analyses (see Financial Post, Jun. 27/18), a carbon tax at that rate would cost $2,223 per household in #Alberta & $2,340 in NS per annum. #cdnpoli#onpoli#abpoli
@JasonParis@frankscarpitti I agree w/ Markham's Mayor (both as former 26yr resident of York Region: Markham & Vaughan & #TTC CMO): The Yonge North extension should have been the first subway extension, not the #TYSSE, currently up & running w/ 1.2m rides/YEAR forecast—way, way less than subway capacity 1/
@JasonParis@frankscarpitti 2/ #TYSSE to FinMin Greg Sorbara's riding was approved by Premier Dalton McGuinty, as a thank you to Mr. Sorbara for his support winning Liberal leadership, election/re-election majorities & his family's deep involvement w/ @YorkUniversity (his brother was Chair). #TOpoli#ONpoli
@JasonParis@frankscarpitti@yorkuniversity 3/ I know from being #TTC ex-CMO and an engaged citizen, the TTC actively thwarted any YUS 🚇 extension to Toronto/YorkRegion Steeles boundary; or extending B/D 🚇 to Sherway Gardens even tho it's in Etobicoke. Its 2001 RTEP study #1 Priority—Sheppard 🚇 subway extension to STC.
Debate on Bill 31 (which overrides the charter and downsizes Toronto city council) is now underway, starting with Municipal Affairs Minister @SteveClarkPC. There are more government MPPS here than opposition MPPs #onpoli#topoli
@SteveClarkPC Clark says things like Toronto council's 15 hour debate on the city's budget are reasons why Toronto needs a smaller council. #onpoli#topoli
It's time for a #thread regarding the #NotwithstandingClause and the need for an independent judiciary as check to government tyranny. It's seems that the right forgets fundamentals of Canadian democracy whenever it is convenient. #onpoli#Bill31#Bill5
Parliamentary democracy is not the same as simple majoritarianism. The ultimate protectors of governmental legitimacy are free elections and the power of the electorate to change governments. Elections are one of many checks on Government power. #onpoli#NotwithstandingClause
It is wrong to suggest, as Doug Ford does, that anything that limits what the elected majority might wish to do, including the judiciary, is anti- democratic. This notion that parliamentary democracy resides only in majority rule is both false and dangerous. #onpoli#Bill31
Ford: The people want cheese to be filled with nails!
People: ...what?! WHAT?!
Ford: I was elected by 2.3 million people to improve cheese it’s my mandate!
People: You didn’t campaign on that!
@FordNAti99990034 from Oakville, Russia: EAT TEH CHEESE TORONTO LEFTIES #ONpoli
Ford: it’s good cheese made right here in Ontario with healthy nickel 1/4” nails from our neighbouring province Sudbury
People: what, no —-YOU CANT HIDE NAILS IN CHEESE PEOPLE WILL DIE
Ford: Ontario nail-filled cheese will be only a buck at your local Beer Store. #ONpoli
Judge: you cannot put nails in cheese and sell it for human consumption. Illegal now. And since forever. *bangs gavel*
Ford: THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE PROVINCE WANT TO SEE TORONTONIANS EAT NAILS
ONPC Mephistopheles: *whispers* notwithstanding... #ONpoli
In 406 BCE, the Athenians tried a group of generals en masse, even though it was illegal. Their excuse? If the people want to do something, they should be able to do it, regardless of the laws. They later regretted their decision. #onpoli#CdnPoli
There's a silver lining, though: when they came to regret their decision, the Athenians decided to charge those who had encouraged them to break the law. Ah, democracy.
My point? Politicians who encourage unconstitutional majoritarianism (or, even worse, manipulate the first-past-the-post system to act like they have majority support when they don't) should probably watch out.
Having opened the door, Doug Ford says he would “not be shy” in using the notwithstanding clause again in the future to get his way. Here are the fundamental Charter rights that can be taken away with the notwithstanding clause: laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page…#onpoli
Section 2: freedom of conscience, of religion, of thought and expression; freedom of the press; freedom of peaceful assembly and association
Section 7: the right to life, liberty and security of the person
What you need to know about s.33 - the Notwithstanding Clause. A thread -
Municipalities are creatures of the province. This move was well within Premier Ford's legal authority to basically Thanos-snap half of the TO wards out of existence. #onpoli
And Doug Ford's move to use the Notwithstanding Clause in response to the judge's decision (ruling it unconstitutional) this morning, is also within his legal right as Premier of Ontario.
However, the Notwithstanding Clause is like using a shake weight on your morning commute using public transportation. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Regardless of whether or not its a done deal, all candidates should be honest & open about where they stand on the LRT vs Subway issue because it sheds light on their decision making skills. Failure to do so is a disservice to the residents they strive we serve.
Some of my opponents are too cozy with the Mayor to speak out about what's truly best for Scarborough - and that clearly isn't a subway.
The argument of "something is better than nothing" may be logically correct, but we are better than that. #Toronto has a serious fiscal problem so we need to use every penny as wisely as we can and a subway is an affront to that principle.
This is a thread on the repealed #Ontario health & education curriculum. Let’s start with the most important point. IT IS NOT SEX ED. The curriculum is HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION. @fordnation uses hot button terms like #SexEd to fire up religious extremists
Six years ago I was offered a wonderful new opportunity that brought me right into the heart of the public sphere — to serve the people of Toronto as Chief Planner. #Keesmaat4Mayor#topoli
I truly loved working with my Planning team and with the people in the diverse neighbourhoods of this great city. I learned that Torontonians love their city and have a tremendous amount to contribute to its future. #Keesmaat4Mayor#topoli
The best places are the places that draw on the energy and the passion of the people who live there. Local really matters. Local people, local streets, local neighbourhoods where people are a part of the sidewalk ballet. #Keesmaat4Mayor
In all seriousness, an entire generation of UK queers are dealing with the traumatic fallout of Section 28, a (thankfully now repealed) law that forbid educators from mentioning gay people exist. The damage cannot be understated. #onpoli
I don't care why someone thinks it's okay to abolish any mention of gender identity from the curriculum. The consequence, regardless of your intent, is a pain no one should have to endure. This is what you inflict. #onpoli
You're entitled to your own opinion. You aren't entitled to your own facts. And the fact is, trans people exist. Trans kids exist. #onpoli
That being said, there are a whole lot of things going on here, and (almost) none of it is good. 1. Incentivising brewers to lower their prives to buck a beer is going to benefit only the larger breweries. Small brewers likely cannot afford to reduce costs to do so.
2. How do I know this? Glad you asked. I worked for one of the first buck-a-beer brewers in the early 2000s as we launched it. We needed a massive volume increase to make it work. We got it, but largely because we got their first and there weren't a tonne of other players.
OK. So here's a wild story for you #onpoli folks involving one rather racist city councillor in Mississauga by the name of @carolynhparrish, some strange (and rather coincidental) behaviour by City staff, and Carolyn's election challenger being spiked as a candidate
First, you may be familiar with @carolynhparrish due to a story just over a year ago. @therealrussellp appeared on CNN to discuss his use of race and ethnicity in his comedy, and mentioned feeling more 'assimilated' in the US, than he did in Canada:
That means Ontario Proud is officially affiliated with @CPC_HQ as a propoganda arm, and with the @fordnation campaign through Hamish Marshall. That would explain your use of Nation Builder/how you got access to voter's personal information for texts/calls during campaign #onpoli
A very successful Council of Federations in St. Andrews, NB. We agreed to join SK in the fight against the federal carbon tax. We also joined QC and MB in agreement that the Federal Government should pay all costs associated with illegal border crossers. news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/07…
All of Canada's Premiers agreed to stand together and protect jobs during the NAFTA negotiations, and to reduce barriers on interprovincial trade. #cdnpoli#onpoli
I look forward to continuing to work closely with my provincial counterparts, and to always putting Ontario families first. I would like to thank the fine people of New Brunswick for hosting this year’s conference. #cdnpoli#onpoli