Wheel-Trans is a terrific system that transports the handicapped at normal transit fares, that would leave them normally at home. At one point however a glitch that could cause an accident was pointed out while taking advantage of the service.
The minivans are vans that have re-enforced floors that can take the wheel-chairs, both manual and electric costing around $85,000 fully equipped. Driver/operators own the vehicles and work for brokers who take a percentage as well. In good years they would earn what a Wheel-Trans driver would make but by working twice the hours.
After years of chipping away at Ontario’s healthcare budget Premier Kathleen Wynne now magnanimously gives billions back to the healthcare system, but only if the Liberals are re-elected. One wonders if she will take it back again when the election is over. The cynicism however is that many patients died waiting to be looked after during the diminished service.
Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy writes, "Concerned Ontario Doctors president, (Ms) Kulvinder Gill says the Wynne Liberals have stolen over $4 billion from the front-line health care over the past three years. Most of the money will go to a bloated bureaucracy that will not help patients,"
The historical experiences of Latvian and other Central and Eastern European Canadians has recently become the target of disinformation manipulation. The prejudice with which recent articles smear the members of these communities and nations is intended to undermine the credibility of their sovereignty and membership in NATO.
The history of the Baltic States is complicated. Unfortunately for most Central and Eastern European nations, their histories do not fit into our often simple and binary understanding of the Second World War, i.e. that the Western Allies won and Hitler lost.
Theirs is a history of multiple occupations, ethnic cleansing, political terror and flight as refugees, which ended for many of us, thankfully, in Canada.
My own family arrived in Canada from Estonia as refugees fleeing Soviet cultural and political repression. Their homeland had been independent since 1918 and was developing into a prosperous and liberal European nation before the Second World War.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) leader is Doug Ford, not Christine Elliott who led in the polls up to the first ballot of the leadership vote.
There was drama with rumors of poll fixing going on, the three not leading in the polls wanting the leadership election extended another week. They went to court even, but no go.
The first vote had Christine Elliott leading but after the vote the last person had to drop out, all supporters of Tanya Granic Allen went to Ford and now Ford was leading on the second ballot.
There was still hope for Elliott with Caroline Mulroney dropping out surely her supporters would go to her. Not all. A healthy portion went to Ford. But after the third and final ballot went to Ford, it was just by a whisper.
Last week we were left with four leadership candidates (Christine Elliott, Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen) and the former party leader (Patrick Brown) making noise in the wings.
Since then Brown became a candidate for leadership, paid the $100,000 entry fee to win the job he didn't need to quit in the first place and then a few days later quit the leadership race (forfeiting the $25,000- entry fee) to concentrate on suing CTV network for accusing him of playing silly with underage ladies.
He was facing other questions about the party's membership lists and how they were paid (the party membership has to paid by the person signing up themselves). Another question was how he could afford to pay the $1.72 million mortgage on his $2,300,000 on his $187,000 party leader salary.
One of the polling organizations that samples a larger segment than other pollsters had Brown only a few points behind the leader Elliott when he pulled the plug.
There will be another comment before the leadership vote on March 10.