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« Reply #180 on: 2018-04-09 15:37:59 »
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Meanwhile in a smaller community far from the 'Big Smoke' some serious discussion about consequences and a poke: "reached into their bag of vote-buying tricks to try and save themselves" .

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Good, bad and ugly in provincial budget

Source: Highlander News
Author:  April 4, 2018
Date:  Lisa Gervais




There’s “good, bad and ugly” in last week’s provincial budget, Minden Hills mayor and former county warden, Brent Devolin, says.

The ‘good’ he told his council March 29, is that the government is investing $500 million over three years in a bid to enhance broadband in northern and rural communities. Included in the pledge is specific spending directed at bettering Eastern Ontario’s cellular coverage, and money to aid the creation of a satellite network that will provide intenet access to remote communities.

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network has been lobbying for just such a provincial government spend for more than a year. Devolin called the announcement “a watershed moment” for Haliburton County.

He added that he had talked to Conservative MPP Laurie Scott and she indicated her party would also support such an initiative if it forms government after the June election.

However, the bad and ugly included a projected $6.8B deficit, Devolin said, as well as a failure to do anything to address Ontario’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure deficit gap. The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce said the Ontario Government is harmonizing with the federal government’s eligibility criteria, leaving more than 20,000 employers paying $100 million more in employment health tax over the next three years.

In addition, businesses will be phased out of the small business deduction if they earn between $50,000 and $150,000 of passive investment income in the taxation year, resulting in an additional $350 million in new taxes for Ontario businesses.

“Although the government is making smart investments in skills development, the ever-rising cost of doing business in Ontario is hindering economic growth,” said chamber vice president Linda Baumgartner. “The Ontario Budget not only fails to provide the offsets our members need, it will leave some businesses, including small businesses, paying more in taxes.”


She said they’re also concerned with the “precarious fiscal situation” the newly announced investments will create. However, she added they do support regional economic development funding, new dollars for public transit, the broadband spend, and additional resources for apprenticeship and skills development. Scott said in a press release, “the 2018 provincial budget is a thinly-veiled attempt to pull the wool over Ontarians’ eyes. That’s what I’m hearing from people in our community, and they’re right to be cynical. Predictably, the Wynne government has reached into their bag of vote-buying tricks to try and save themselves.”

   
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Interestingly it just doesn't reflect the news stories I've seen.
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Ontario Votes 2018: Poll Tracker

Source: CBC
Author:  CBC News
Date: April 11, 2018




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« Reply #182 on: 2018-04-19 22:30:21 »
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The subtle malevolent nature of the media is as usual pandering to the power brokers that are gaming the system. The Green Party is a serious option and omitted from most news stories. The best solution that can be realistically hoped for is a minority PC with the Greens in the opposition. That means if you have your wits about you; vote Green. Both the NDP and the Liberals need to be eradicated, so sentient beings can reassemble them into a useful part of our society again.

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How Facebook will be a battleground in the upcoming Ontario election

Source: City News
Author:  Cynthia Mulligan
Date:  April 19th, 2018


Imaged posted by TVO: https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/the-next-ontario/the-numbers-are-in-and-the-liberals-are-in-trouble

If you’re a Facebook user living in Ontario, there’s a strong chance you’ll see an ad from one of the provincial party leaders as we head into election season.

But you won’t see a random advertisement. It will likely be specifically catered to you based on your gender, age, where you live and what you do.

It’s called ‘microtargeting’ and political war rooms are getting more and more sophisticated at the practice. They can find you with laser precision and send you a tailor-made ad.

Here’s how it works: political parties can use the information from your profile and determine your age, where you live, and can assess your likes and shares to pinpoint your interests.

    Facebook has 23 million users in Canada

Tom Yawney, with Toronto-based The Influence Agency, has experience buying ads and placing targeted advertisements on Facebook. He says advertising on Facebook is cheaper than traditional media and the messages also have the potential to be shared.

“It puts a lot of power in the hands of politicians and, apples-to-apples, it costs less typically than television, radio, billboards, and it’s more targeted,” said Yawney.

“Often times, whether it’s television, radio or newspapers, it’s one mass message to everybody, regardless of male, female, age, interests, it’s one mass message. So this is to really segment that message, make it more specific.”

    Studies have shown that users are more likely to trust a post shared by a friend or family member.

Yawney believes after the fallout from the U.S. election, this style of advertising on social media will have to be regulated. The problem is: how do you regulate something that is global?

“A lot is known about us through Facebook… they say that if you aren’t paying for something you may be the product. So I think people need to keep that in mind when putting something online, if you’re not paying for the service, no monthly fee, then the info you willingly share is used as a mechanism to run advertisements.”

CityNews has checked to see how each party is using Facebook in this election.
Doug Ford’s Conservatives:

    65,000 people follow their page
    It has live streaming video with reporter style stand-ups from the campaign and dozens of ads, including one specifically addressing healthcare for people in Brockville


Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals:

    Nearly 12,000 people follow their page — the lowest of the three parties
    There is video but none of it is live. As for ads, there are quite a few including one for Mitzie Hunter and targets people concerned about healthcare in Scarborough


Andrea Horwath’s NDP:

    About 21,000 people follow their page
    They have no ads but they do have video content
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Well putting my misgivings of the TSB's Post Modernists - Neo Marxist indoctrination camps: Toronto Schools, aside; this is certainly a step in the right direction. Now if we can teach the kids the Arts, Science and Language skills and critical thinking, they'll be able to step up to plate.

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Founded in 2002, CIVIX’s highly successful Student Vote

Source: ONtario Teacher's Federation
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In June, Ontarians will be heading to the polls to elect their government for another four years. OTF encourages all members not only to vote but to take the time to get involved in supporting the candidate of their choice. As well, it is a great time to get students involved in our democratic process. This page offers a few links which you may find helpful both personally and as a teacher.
Student Vote

Founded in 2002, CIVIX’s highly successful Student Vote has become the main resource for teachers across Canada to inform and educate students about importance of civic engagement. The program is based on the belief that the best way to learn about democracy is to experience it. Designed for both elementary and secondary school students, the Student Vote program steers students through the entire election process. In essence, it is a parallel election for students under the voting age. Students learn about government and the electoral process, research the parties and platforms, and discuss relevant issues. Finally, they run their own E-day, taking on the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks and casting ballots for the official election candidates.

The popularity and success of Student Vote with both teachers and students was confirmed by an independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada. The evaluation found that 100% of teachers said they would like to participate in Student Vote again and 96% indicated that they agreed that participating in Student Vote improved their confidence with teaching politics, Canadian government and civics. With students, 83% said they would vote in the future and 90% believed that it is our responsibility as citizens to vote in elections.

Some of the recent successful projects have been the 2015 Federal Election, the 2017 Nunavut Territorial Election, the 2017 B.C. Provincial Election and the 2017 Nova Scotia Provincial Election.

Student Vote provides the guidance and resources needed for the classroom. Many schools have already registered for the Ontario 2018 provincial election.

But it’s not too late. Register now at Studentvote.ca.


Elections Ontario

Elections Ontario runs the provincial elections in Ontario. It is non-partisan and responsible for protecting the integrity of the electoral process.

Following are some of the resources Elections Ontario offers:

Voting rules! This program, geared to Grades 5 and 10 students, features lesson plans, activities and clear information on democracy, elections and voting in Ontario and Canada. It includes two teacher toolkits at no cost, one for Grade 5 and one for Grade 10. Each program finishes with the class administering and delivering a mock election.

Ontario register for future voters – a page for 16 and 17 years old Canadian citizens who reside in Ontario to register and be automatically transferred to the Voters’ List when she/he turns 18.

Voting in Ontario brochure – a brochure which describes the electoral process and voter’s rights, geared to those turning 18 years of age.

All available at Learning about elections.


[bold]Ontario’s major political parties[/bold]

Green Party of Ontario

Ontario Liberal Party

Ontario NDP

Ontario PC Party
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The whole Wiki page on Ontario Hydro One is really a must read!

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Hydro One

Source: Wiki Ontario Hydro One
Author:  Wiki
Date:  last update 2017



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On October 29, 2015 Premier Kathleen Wynne confirmed rumours that the province planned to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One[16] ("broadenening of ownership").[17] Some of the proceeds from the sale of shares would be used to begin financing of Premier Wynne's 10-year plan for public transit and infrastructure projects in addition to reducing the provincial deficit.[16][18]

The plan was criticized by many,[19][20][21] including Stephen LeClair, the new financial accountability officer for Ontario. LeClair warned that the sale of an entity that generated a $750-million profit[22] in 2014[23] would lead to a long term negative financial impact for the province.

The sale will certainly provide short term benefits, generating an estimated total of $9 billion[21] at a time when the provincial government is "desperate for money" (according to The Globe and Mail), with one of the largest subsovereign debts in the world.[24] The estimated revenue will not all be a windfall for the provincial coffers however, since roughly $5 billion is earmarked to pay down Hydro One's $8.5 billion debt.[20]

The balance of the revenue from the Hydro One sale would help meet the targets laid out by the provincial Liberal government in its April 2015 budget. Although the budget announced some austerity measures, there was no indication of any new revenue sources. Even so, the plan was to reduce the Province's estimated budget deficit by $2.5 billion to $8.5 billion in the 2015-16 fiscal year, then to $4.8 billion in 2016-17 and to have a balanced budget by 2017-18, according to Finance Minister Charles Sousa.[25] This promise was made in spite of increasing demand for government services due to an aging population, at a time when "... a slowing domestic economy are putting downward pressure on its revenue streams,” according to Ed Clark, Wynne's chief advisor on government assets, as quoted in The Globe and Mail.[24]

On November 5, 2015, the province began the first phase of the process, with an initial public offering (IPO) of 81.1 million shares (equivalent to 13.6% of Hydro One) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It was the largest IPO in Canada since 2000.[26][27] The estimated proceeds from this IPO were expected to total $1.83-billion.[21] This was the first step in the long-term goal of gradually selling 60 per cent of the utility. Three more offerings, roughly the same size, are expected to follow.[21]

Finance Minister Sousa told stated on November 4, 2015 that the Hydro One IPO was already "oversubscribed" at that time, with more advance orders than the shares that would be available.[26] On November 5, 2015 the stock closed at $21.62, up 5.46 per cent or $1.12 from the IPO price of $20.50, with more than 18 million shares sold.[20] Although this is not necessarily indicative of a rosy future for the share price, Sousa was optimistic. “Every uptick on the market is an indication the future offerings will net even greater proceeds benefiting all Ontarians.”[20] However, shares dropped 3.9 percent on 2 December 2015 because of the Auditor-General warning that the cost of replacing outdated transmission assets was $4.47 billion, information that might continue to depress the share price. Hydro One responded by indicating that steps were under way to increase reliability: "There are several initiatives under way to ensure investments strike the appropriate balance between reliability and cost."[28]

Some consumer advocacy groups and some analysts have raised red flags, concerned with the risk of increasing electricity costs under a privatized Hydro One.[29][30] On the other hand, Brady Yauch, executive director of the Consumer Policy Institute[31] discussed the potential benefits in a Comment (op/ed) item in the Financial Post, including "lower rates for ratepayers".[32] His premise is based on the potential increase in productivity of Hydro One under private control, "something that the government has failed to do adequately", bringing high salaries into line, and reducing pension liabilities in future, with employees contributing higher amounts to their pensions. "Given the government’s performance over the last 15 years, it calls for hopeful optimism...," in his opinion.[citation needed]

A secondary offering of 72.4 million Hydro One shares, equivalent to 14.5%, in April 2016 generated $1.7 billion in revenue for the provincial government. Crown corporation Ontario Power Generation purchased 9 million of the shares, giving it a 1.5% stake in Hydro One.[3]

In May 2017 the Ontario government completed the third and final sale of Hydro One shares worth $2.8 billion.[33] With the completion of this offering, Ontario holds 49.9% of Hydro One's common shares.
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