By Bonnie Crombie Opinion Patrick Brown Opinion Tues., May 7, 2019 The provincial government is reviewing the regional government system in Ontario. Mississauga’s mayor, Bonnie Crombie, argues yes, now is the perfect time to right a historical wrong and allow Canada’s sixth largest city to be independent of Peel Region. The mayor of neighbouring Brampton, Patrick Brown, argues no, the costs involved in dissolution of the region are unfair to his taxpayers. After 45 years, it’s time for Mississauga to leave the Region of Peel and become an independent city. The regional government model in Peel is broken beyond repair, and it’s time for change. Now. Regional government is holding Mississauga back from achieving its true potential as a world-class city. As an independent city, Mississauga would finally have full control over its future and all decision making. It would be able to deliver services more efficiently and effectively, by reducing … [Read more...] about Should Mississauga leave Peel Region?
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By Kathy English Public Editor Thu., May 2, 2019 Why does journalism matter? I asked. You answered. In anticipation of today’s World News Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the power of journalism to make a difference in people’s lives, I asked for your perspectives on why journalism matters to you. The responses, as always when I reach out to Star readers for your views were (for the most part) thoughtful and constructive, showing tremendous insight into the value of the public service mission of journalism and deep appreciation both for journalism’s purpose in our democracy and for the work of journalists who aspire to journalism’s highest ideals. Thank you to all who participated. Here is some of why you believe #NewsMatters: Good journalism speaks truth in the face of lies, without fear or prejudice. When the public is confused by those with powerful self-interest, then the duty of the journalist is to lay bare the facts as (s)he … [Read more...] about ‘Great journalism holds the mirror to our souls’
By Tanya Talaga Indigenous Issues Columnist Wed., May 1, 2019 Why has it taken more than a decade for Canadian politicians to commit to moving the flooded community of Kashechewan to higher ground? Every year, the Albany River rises and the swift-moving inland water and ice floes force the 2,500 residents to flee their homes and evacuate to cities hundreds of kilometres away — Timmins, Kapuskasing, Thunder Bay — at an annual cost of nearly $20 million. This perennial spring event is perfectly predictable. You can plan on it. Yet each spring, the people of Kashechewan have to mobilize, both off the flooded land and then into politicians’ offices at both Queen’s Park and in Ottawa, calling for the crown’s commitment to help them find a permanent solution. Frankly, it is frustrating to go cap-in-hand to politicians every spring, said Kashechewan Chief Leo Friday after he met with Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan on … [Read more...] about Are the spring evacuations of Kashechewan finally going to end?
By Anthony Morgan Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 “One of us goes in, and we all go through it …” — Drake, “Headlines” Incarceration is seldom a solo affair. It’s true that the individual person subjected to carceral control bears the brunt of the physical, emotional, psychological, social and financial costs of being forced to surrender their freedom to the state. However, this painful price isn’t paid by the incarcerated person alone: their friends, family members and others who care about them suffer their own sizeable share of loss, sadness, fear and frustration precipitated by their loved one’s incarceration. My family, that is my mom, my sister, Toni, and I, know this reality viscerally well. I have a younger brother, Theo (not his real name), who is currently serving a multi-year sentence in one of Ontario’s federal correctional institutions. This latest stint follows more than a decade of … [Read more...] about My brother’s in jail. Why does talking to him require hundreds of dollars a month and 1990s technology?
By Peter Howell Movie Critic Mon., April 29, 2019 If you could have collected the sighs of satisfaction emanating from movie theatres and home TV rooms this past weekend, they would have been as loud as thunder. We collectively attained peak movies and peak TV in the same time frame, as stories years in the telling reached thrilling climaxes: Avengers: Endgame and the “Battle of Winterfell” episode of Game of Thrones. It bodes well for an entertainment industry that has felt under siege by the advancements of digital technology. Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd and final film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga, which began with Iron Man in 2008. Endgame also concludes the epochal battle for survival — MCU superheroes vs. supervillain Thanos — that began with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers in movie history. Endgame brought the Marvel fan base out like … [Read more...] about Avengers and Game of Thrones prove the worth of a tale well told