Ford government auto insurance changes good news for Ontario drivers
The Doug Ford government released its first budget Thursday, chock-full of populist measures like legalizing tailgating and increasing retail alcohol locations.
Despite the PC’s tough talk of fiscal responsibility and balanced budgets during the election campaign last spring, this budget actually managed to outspend the Liberal’s last one by $5 billion, up from $158 billion to $163 billion.
Ontario parents could be in for a strike.
The union representing school teachers across Ontario elementary schools are ready to begin work to rule job action as early as November 26th.
Work to rule action involves following the exact wording of contracts, which in many cases exclude vast tasks required to keep a school functioning.
The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario represents 83,000 elementary public school teachers, occasional teachers and education professionals across the province.
Ninety-eight percent of union members voted for work to rule.
“Our goal is to turn up the heat on Premier Ford and his education minister, Stephen Lecce,” said Sam Hammond, ETFO president, in a news release.
“It’s critical that they finally come to contract talks prepared to address the real issues of concern: more supports for students with special needs, the protection of Ontario’s Kindergarten program and critical issues like addressing violence in schools.”
For many parents, the Catholic school system has been a safe haven for their children to escape the public school system’s sex-ed indoctrination. One of the primary reasons parents are grateful for this system is the consistency in the Catholic system’s doctrine and unwavering commitment to keeping comprehensive sex education out of their school’s curriculum.
In Ontario, however, news just came out that the provincial government headed by Premier Doug Ford, who won the Ontario PC party’s leadership race back in 2018 thanks to parental rights advocate and fellow leadership contender, Tanya Granic Allen, has flip-flopped yet again on this profile. During the 2018 Ontario PC leadership race, Ford took on the same talking points as Granic Allen to win the position, saying “Wynne (the former Liberal Ontario Premiere) has failed our kids” and vowed to scrap and replace the Liberal sex education curriculum once elected.
He also pledged to bring back the pre-Wynne sex-ed until a new curriculum had been crafted. Ford said the curriculum would be “age-appropriate.” a promise that appears to have not just fallen by the wayside, but has been completely and intentionally ignored.
To add context, the construction of Wynne’s curriculum was headed up by her deputy Education Minister, Benjamin Levin, who pleaded guilty in a Toronto court on three charges of child pornography. Levin was sentenced to three years in prison in May 2015 for not only possessing child pornography, but for creating it, as well as counselling others to commit sexual assault. Levin also took part in having inappropriate online chat groups with minors.
The sex-ed that Levin championed is the same sex-ed that Premier Doug Ford has decided to keep. Not only has the Ontario government turned its back on their promise to Ontario’s parents and their kids, but they have now requested that terms such as “gender expression”, “family status”, “marital status”, and “gender identity” be added to the prohibited grounds of discrimination contained in the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Code of Conduct. These additions were exposed by the parental rights group of Ontario, PAFE.
These language additions may not seem like anything consequential, but that’s because we haven’t seen or heard of the ramifications of implementing such policies in Canada. So, here’s an example for you of what Ontario families are going to be facing; in 2015, Fairfax County in Virginia, USA, cast a vote to include the expression “gender identity” into the Fairfax County school system’s non-discrimination policy. This addition opened the door for boys to go into the girls’ washrooms and change in their change rooms.
Or look at what’s already started in the grade schools of Burnaby, B.C. One video, titled “Trans Qmunity kindergarten Ad,” shows the type of indoctrination that is already happening in parts of Canada.
The video features children singing about a genderless world, how they’re taught that gender doesn’t exist, and are taught to use their pronouns when introducing themselves. All of this from “teachers” who show themselves sketching the faces of infamous serial killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy, and Richard Ramirez. (Skip to 1:22)
It’s not surprising that trans groups target schools because of the innocence and impressionability of children. Many groups claim these policies need implementation in the name of inclusion and as an anti-bullying measure. Groups push to have “transgender theory” taught, boys to compete in girls sports, drag queens perform provocative dances for kids, as well as head up their storytime. The issue in Fairfax County, as well as in Ontario, isn’t having biological boys use the girl’s washrooms, but it is the government exercising its strong arm. This is about power and politics, not children and their futures.
Parents don’t send their kids to school to get indoctrinated, but educated. That’s part of the reason hundreds of parents in Fairfax County filled the room where this policy addition was being voted on, many shouting just to be heard by the board, their angst undeniable. The video that recorded the meeting shows the chairman of the board threatening to kick out the parents, slamming his gavel several times to shut them up.
There was only one woman on the board that voted against the policy while the sponsor said that parents were standing on the wrong side of history. Parents know their children better than any government bureaucrat. It’s shameful for such a statement to be made.
Adopting these types of policies doesn’t just infringe on children’s privacy, but cancels teachers’ freedom of speech, puts lies into kids heads that some people are born into the wrong body, allows boys to compete in girls sports and in the end, makes girls the biggest losers.
Kids being told men can be women, leaves society in a scary place; the erasure of women. Trans theory is currently killing women’s sports and our uniqueness. Trans policies also leave the exploitation of females by biological males on the table with several cases reported. Where’re all the classes that talk about the strength that comes from a society that has both strong men and women who optimize their gifts together? Well, they’re definitely not being taught in Fairfax County, Virginia or in Ontario.
It’s not compassionate to say to a child, or any individual for that matter, that people are born into the wrong body. In fact, according to the American College of Pediatricians, it’s psychological abuse. Every individual carries around with them 100 million nucleated cells that tell us we are either male or female. We can’t change that! We’re meant to teach our kids how to flourish, not fill them with lies that ultimately confuse them.
Policy matters. Language matters. There are real-life ramifications that stem from both.
To the parents of Ontario, please, stand up for your children and for your rights to be their first and primary educator. To the teachers of Ontario, don’t allow the mob to run over your ability to exercise your freedom of speech or your freedom of conscience. And to the government of Ontario, stay the heck away from these dangerous policies!
The NDP MPP Joel Harden has been accused of supporting a terrorist organization after he called on the federal government to demand that Israel release a senior member of a Palestinian terror group, according to Bnai Brith Canada.
On Twitter, Harden stated that he was “Saddened, sickened and disgusted by the continued abuse of Khalida Jarrar, my parliamentary colleague, by Israeli occupation forces.” Jarrar was re-arrested on Wednesday after further suspected terrorist activities.
Jarrar was arrested by the Israeli troops due to incitement and promoting terrorist acts in 2015 and is a suspected high-ranking member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In Canada, the PFLP is a designated terrorist group.
The PLFP has been charged with the killing of innocent civilians. In 2014, it was connected to the death of a Canadian citizen, Howie Rothman. In late August this year, the PLFB is alleged to have murdered an Israeli teenager.
During the federal election, Ontario premier Doug Ford adopted the uncharacteristic tactic of keeping his head down, likely to avoid his own controversy from spilling over and impacting Andrew Scheer’s campaign. But now that the election is over, Ford is back in Queen’s Park and he’s already starting to make moves, again.
“I called the prime minister and offered my congratulations to the prime minister, and told him: ‘I understand politics. Let’s get down to work now,’” Ford said Monday, after a five-month recess in the Ontario legislature.
“And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going to work with the federal government. We’re working with municipalities right across this province … I think it’s important for Ontario to step up. Step up, unite the country. I’ve never seen the country so divided.”
His return comes at a crucial time for Canada and the provinces, with unions across the country rising up and regional divide steadily growing.
While his return was met with some dissent, particularly from those opposing social service cuts, the response was mostly positive, and Ford received a brief standing ovation.
Resuming the fight against the federal carbon tax
One of the first issues Ford will be resuming is his court battle against the federal carbon tax, calling carbon pricing “the worst tax you could ever face.” The $30-million court battle had initially received a great deal of negative pushback; however, fighting the tax is one of the primary reasons Ford was elected in the first place.
“We’re going to continue the court challenge and we’ll see it through to its end,” Ford said. “We were elected last year on a mandate to end the province’s cap-and-trade program, which we’ve done.”
Handling teacher’s unions and union strikes
The Ford government will also be pursuing new contract deals with teacher’s unions. However, this may prove an arduous endeavour, as the Ford government will have to mitigate the potential for more union strikes which have proved a constant threat over recent months.
Two of the biggest hurdles will be negotiating average class sizes and negotiating wage increases.
Currently, Ford is pushing for an average class size of 28 (up from 22), while Education Minister Stephen Lecce is pushing for an increase to 25. Both will lower the demand for teachers, eliminating some 5,000 jobs in the process, even if the less drastic increase is opted for, according to OSSTF president Harvey Bischof.
Additionally, the province is attempting to negotiate a capped wage increase of 1 percent, while unions are pushing for more money and would like it to steadily rise consistent with inflation.
Reducing red tape around alcohol sales
Talks of reducing red tape around the sale of alcohol in corner stores dwindled during Ford’s absence but are being talked about again upon his return.
One of the barriers to pushing through retail sales of alcohol is the Beer Store’s contractual stranglehold over the industry, which could cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to bypass.
Last week, House leader Paul Calandra said that the push for retail alcohol sale isn’t on his “priority list right now“. However, the Ford government has made a new pitch to ease the province into retail alcohol sales by proposing that airports be allowed to sell alcohol 24 hours a day, which is “in line” with other provinces.
“We met with the airport authority who spoke to this being a need, and I think it just speaks to the general process of our government trying to be open for business,” Prabmeet Sarkaria, Ontario’s Red Tape Reduction Minister, told reports Monday. “We don’t want our consumers, whether it’s people or businesses, to be held up or held back by regulations … I think regulations are meant to improve the lives of people.”