Focus on Beijing Olympics shifts from sports to pressing political issues
The 2022 Olympics, set to take place in Beijing, China in February, are surrounded by controversy and concerns about the policies and actions of the host nation’s government. Some Canadians want a boycott of the games to protest the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granting legitimacy to the Chinese government... Read more
Patients worry as provincially-insured eyecare in Ontario remains on hold
Ontario optometrists continue to withhold all services covered by OHIP as they push the government to increase payment after claims of underfunding. In March, 96 per cent of optometrists in the province voted to withdraw OHIP services, according to a statement posted on the website for the Ontario Association... Read more
Provincial vaccine passport causes chaos, confusion for businesses
Since Ontario’s vaccine passport inception last week, it has caused a lot of chaos and confusion for both business owners and patrons alike. Matthew Percy, catering manager at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, says it’s often the businesses who end up dealing the short end of the... Read more
Majority of Canadians voted for stronger climate action
No political party managed to get a majority in this federal election but Canadians overwhelmingly voted for stronger climate action. According to the preliminary data from Elections Canada, almost 60 per cent of voters cast their ballot for parties that pledged stronger climate targets. Cathy Orlando, program director at... Read more
After election, voters look for new federal action to effectively lower cellphone bills
Canadians looking for a break on their sky high cellphone and internet bills were disappointed affordability did not play as big a role in this year’s federal election campaign. Justin Trudeau secured a third election victory on September 20 after calling a snap electio, but was held to a... Read more
After winning new term, Liberal Party faces pressure to deliver long-term transit promises
It takes a long time for a federal government to make significant change to big infrastructure projects like public transit, from the planning and preparation stages to the actual construction, but with voters giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau another minority government on September 20, transit advocates are saying the... Read more
Struggling worker skeptical Trudeau will follow through on campaign promises
On September 20, Canadian citizens re-elected a Liberal minority government. While this came as a surprise to some, Tasin Ibrahim, a restaurant worker in downtown Toronto, said it was something he expected, but he has a lot of questions about what is to come next and how the government... Read more
First-time home buyers hopeful election will cool hot real estate market
House hunters who are tired of bidding wars, prices way over asking, and a lack of proper home inspections are hoping this federal election will tame the country’s real estate market According to data released by The Canadian Real Estate Association, as of July 2021, Canada has an average... Read more
Federal parties need to go after “big ticket items” to reduce emissions, says activist
A climate activist says climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue in this election. Cathy Orlando, Program Director at Citizens’ Climate International is disappointed to see vastly different plans and politics surrounding climate action from the parties vying to form government. In 2010, Orlando started the first international chapter... Read more
Canada’s cell phone bills rank among the highest in the world — here’s how the election could change that
Canadians stressed from high monthly phone bills are looking for changes this federal election Mobile plan prices in Canada are amongst the highest in the world. According to a 2017 wireless price comparison study by Nordicity, Canadians ranked among the highest in prices when compared with the US and... Read more