April 2018

Financial Outlined Downgraded

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 07:46 AM

Ontario financial outlook is getting a downgrade from Moody's Investors Services.

It's moved from "stable" to "negative."

Moody's cites concern with the Liberals spending plans and the challenge of being able to balance the books in the future.

Moody's also worries the financial requirements will be larger than expected, thus growing Ontarians debt much larger than forecast.
 

Truckers Learning About Human Trafficking

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 07:39 AM

Truckers in Minnesota are getting training on human trafficking.

The Department of Public Safety's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is joining the trucking industry with law enforcement and human trafficking experts to discuss how to spot human trafficking and how to respond.

BCA Superintendent Drew Evans says truckers are a key resource to spotting and reporting traffickers.

The training is available through a partnership with the BCA-led Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force, the Minnesota Trucking Association and the organization Truckers Against Trafficking.

Festival Results From Wednesday

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 07:19 AM

The piano competitions continue at the Rainy River District Festival of the Performing Arts.

They begin at 9 a.m. at the Townshend Theatre before moving over to Knox United Church tonight.

Yesterday, Anna Schwartz, Scott Jolicoeur, Joyce Wu and Grace Kooistra each won in two classes.

Here are the results from Thursday

CLASS PK2560
Piano Solo, Examination Courses, Concert Étude, ARCT (Diploma)
FIRST: Anna Schwartz (First Class Honours)

NDP Platform Outlined

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 07:54 AM

NDP leader Andrea Horwath has laid out her party's election platform.

It includes drug and dental coverage for everyone, free child care for those earning less than $40,000 a year, an average $12 a day for others, and cutting hydro bills by 30 per cent. 

There's also a pledge to build 65,000 new homes for low income earners and adding 40,000 long-term care beds, including 15,000 over the next five years.

The promises also include ending wait times at hospitals and reducing student debt. 

Tax Cut For Minimum Wage Earners Promised

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 07:21 AM

A big election promise from Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford.

Ford says if he become Premier June 7, he will eliminate income tax for anyone who makes minimum wage.

He says it will come in the form of a new tax credit.

He has previously announced he would freeze the wage, now at 14-dollars an hour.

It's posied to increase to 15-dollars an hour January 1, 2019.

NAN, Province Sign New Treaty Agreement

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 16:57 PM

Nishnawbe Aski Nation has signed a new Treaty Relationship Agreement with the province. 

In a statement, Premier Kathleen Wynne claims it will pave the way for more meaningful discussions on issues like health, education, and economic development. 

She adds that Ontario continues to build its relationships with Indigenous communities hundreds of years after the first treaties were signed. 

NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler notes he's glad that the document recognizes their 49 communities and the province as equal partners. 

Premier Alleged Of Election-Style Announcements On Taxpayers Dime

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 07:43 AM

The opposition is accusing the Premier of campaign on taxpayers dollars.

PC critic Steve Clark points to the multitude of announcements in recent weeks.

"The Liberals have held no fewer than 25 campaign-style events over the last two weeks," says Clark. "This comes at an incredible expense to the taxpayer. Will the Liberal Party pay back the taxpayer for their campaign-style events?"

Premier Kathleen Wynne says they're simply promoting the budget.

Liberals Still Looking For Candidate

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 07:23 AM

The Liberals are hoping to have a candidate in the Kenora-Rainy River Riding before the end of the month.

Local riding president Anthony Leek says they have been actively seeking someone to carry the party banner in the upcoming provincial election.

He says their goal is to have someone in place before the election writ is dropped in early May.

Leek was the Liberal's candidate in each of the last two provincial elections.

He had indicated no plans to run again.

 

(File photo)

 

Ontario Newborn Bundle Now 5-in-1

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 07:20 AM

There's an easier way to start saving money for your newborn's post-secondary education.

A new Education Savings Referral Service is being included as part of the package available to Ontario families when registering their newborns.

The added feature allows parents to open a Registered Education Savings Plan and request the Canada Education Savings Grant.

Along with registration, the package already allows families to acquire a birth certificate and Social Insurance Number and apply for the the Canada Child Benefit.

Tentative Deal For Resolute Forest Products Workers

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 07:17 AM

Resolute Forest product workers across northwestern Ontario are a 'yes' vote away from a new four year contract.

Their union, Unifor, has managed to negotiate a tentative agreement with the newsprint giant.

No details of the contract are being released pending the outcome of voting by workers here, as well as those in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

It is being seen as a pattern contract for other mill negotiations in the country.