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Taxes, Taxes, Taxes. Yes, I said taxes

September 4, 2018 - No one cares about taxes. Given the Trumpian headlines and the carbon tax wars this may come as a surprise to you, but it is true. What people do care about is how much things cost. If the total cost is cheap, and taxes make up 90 per cent of that price, no one cares. If something is expensive, or more expensive than it was yesterday, and taxes make up 1 per cent of the total cost, get out the torches and pitchforks!

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FNHC 2018 Community Recognition Award Winners

August 27, 2018 - The North is facing some serious housing challenges, however, three remote Northern Ontario First Nation communities are setting a positive example and have received national recognition at the First Nations Housing Conference (FNHC) for their innovation and achievements in housing. Recipients of the 2018 Community Housing Recognition Awards include Wunnumin Lake First Nation, Rainy River First Nations, and Nibinamik First Nation.

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Yes, the new Ontario government is different, we'd better get used to it

August 13, 2018 - There is no question that the new government of Ontario is very different from the old one. Whether different means better or worse is an argument for those still fighting the last election, or preparing to fight the next. For those of us looking to get things done in Ontario’s northern regions over the next four years, that debate is a luxury we cannot afford.

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Rainbow Camp

July 30, 2018 - An internationally known LGBTQ2+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, 2-Spirited) Summer Camp is changing lives … and it is located in a small Northern Ontario town, just 40 minutes north east of Sault Ste. Marie.

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A Guide to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

July 9, 2018 - From 2002 to 2012, the number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in Canada tripled from 101,078 to 338,221 as businesses increasingly made use of the program – sometimes as way to access cheaper labour. As a result, the government introduced a series of reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in June 2014. The goal of the overhaul was to ensure that the program was being used for its intended purpose – as a last resort for employers who are unable to fill positions with Canadian workers.

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The First 100 Days

June 25, 2018 - Well, when this comes to print, the provincial election will be either over or just about over. There will have been millions, nay billions, of dollars’ worth of promises made. In the coming weeks, the harsh reality of governing, as opposed to campaigning, will start the slow process of whittling those promises down. The items that get pursued will be those that are most easily achievable or those to which the new government, of whatever stripe, is most committed.

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Northern Ontario's Rangers

June 18, 2018 - What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “rangers”? Most likely, it is an image of park rangers patrolling Northern Ontario’s numerous provincial parks. But think again; the Canadian Rangers play a very different role in Ontario’s northern regions, and it is one that deserves more recognition.

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Let's move: To the North

June 4, 2018 - When stepping on the path to post-secondary education, there were some big decisions I needed to make. Which school do I go to? Which program do I chose? After graduating from the University of Ottawa, I had to choose my career path and where I wanted to establish myself for the next 5, 10, 15 or more years. I picked Northern Ontario.