Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy attended the Lakehead University (LU) law school opening. He joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, LU President Dr. Brian Stevenson and other dignitaries in celebrating the opening of its doors for the 2013 charter class. As the first law school to be opened in Ontario in over 40 years, it will follow a different path of the typical law school in that it will be more responsive to issues related to First Nations and the needs of the north and rural/small centres. It has been developed to respond to the shortage of lawyers and articling spots in the north. Of the program, Beardy stated, “I am particularly pleased that the school has committed to addressing Aboriginal issues in all of its subjects—this is important not only for First Nations students, but Canadian students as well.” In discussions with its founding Dean, Beardy has raised the issues of Indigenous peoples and the Euro-Canadian legal and justice systems and how the relationship manifests on a broader scale. “It is my hope through this new law school’s direct relationship with First Nations it will be an innovative opportunity to start considering the laws and governance systems of Indigenous peoples in the field of law.” Having been originally approached by Nishnawbe Aski Nation to develop it, the law school is a creation of First Nations and the community. “I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the 8 years of strong leadership and commitment of First Nations and other parties that lead to the opening of this new law school,” stated Beardy. As a continuation of this developmental work, the law school will be overseen by the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council. Lastly Beardy stated, “Today is a good day for First Nations to take up law as a career, I encourage any Indigenous person considering this opportunity to take it and in so doing, you will have my full support.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne Speaks on Mandela

Premier Kathleen Wynne “Education is the most powerful weapon…”

QUEENS PARK - Premier Kathleen Wynne made the following statement to the Legislative Assembly today to honour the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela:

There are some people whose contributions to humanity transcend borders and so when they die, the loss touches us all.

I am honoured today to join with all parties of the legislature to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.

There are few individuals who have done more to inspire the world, and like everyone in this room, I was deeply saddened to learn of his death last week.

As a student of history and a huge believer in the power of the human spirit, I know his life will continue to serve as a beacon for change, throughout South Africa, here in Ontario, and around the world.

It is difficult to find new ways to talk about this man, or the things he meant to us, individually.

But I find myself returning again and again to the fact that he spent 27 years locked away in prison.

This punishment – as unjust and inhumane as it was – did not break him.

A Testament to His Spirit

It is a testament to his spirit – to the human spirit – that he did not allow himself to be taken over by anger.

And so he was able to make that long walk to freedom with his heart empty of hate and his mind free of bitterness or resentment.

As he said afterward, he understood that you cannot drink poison and expect it to kill your enemies.

And so, after these trials, this imprisonment, he went on to do more good than any one man or woman could dare to imagine.

The first democratically elected president in South Africa. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. A face, a voice, a force and a story that made people believe that the world could be good.

He famously said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

And so it is no surprise that his visits here often focused on our schools, and the students and teachers he met there.

In June 1990, on his first visit to Canada, he addressed a large number of students from across the GTA at Central Tech.

In 1998, more than 45,000 students and their teachers filled what was then known as the Skydome to hear him tell the story of his life and describe the South African struggle for freedom and justice.

And during his last visit to Canada, on November 17, 2001, he was present for the official naming of Nelson Mandela Park Public School, which was rechristened in his honour.

Last Thursday, parents and teachers from this school were already scheduled to attend the North American premiere of a film about Mandela’s life, and when he died that same evening and news of his death spread, the event turned into a very special tribute.

Many of the students who were there that night described Nelson Mandela as a man who never gave up.

It was his resilience, his determination and commitment to justice that inspired them.

That is what the world expects from its leaders.

And so I was struck, Mr. Speaker, by a comment made by the Principal of Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Mr. Jason Kandankery.

He said, “In these times of political upheaval and political leaders who unfortunately far too often lack integrity, we bear the name of the man who was all about integrity.”

And so I stand today, Mr. Speaker, because Nelson Mandela’s legacy of fairness should serve as a challenge to us all.

Ontario is truly a beacon of acceptance, tolerance, opportunity and equality in the world, and we will work together to ensure it remains worthy of a school that bears his name.

In 2001, he told students here in Toronto that they were future leaders, and that violence and hatred had no place in a free and democratic society.

At that time, the school began a tradition that exists to this day.

Each school day begins with the reading of a quote by Mr. Mandela that reflects his philosophy and reminds the students what they can hope to accomplish.

And so Mr. Speaker, I would like to conclude by bringing this tradition to this chamber, today.

“It always seems impossible,” Nelson Mandela once said. “Until it is done.”

The world is better for his presence, and on behalf of the people of Ontario, we mourn his loss.

Thank you.

Premier Kathleen Wynne

THUNDER BAY – Politics – Banning the burning of coal is a legislative goal on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. The announcement a few weeks ago to convert the Thunder Bay Generating Plant to enhanced bio-mass made by Thunder Bay Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro and Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gravelle were the final steps toward a meeting between the Premier and former United States Vice President Al Gore.

The Thunder Bay Ontario Power Generating Station was slated to be converted to natural gas, that plan was shelved two years ago. The move to enhanced bio-mass was released at a media conference at the Airlane Hotel has received positive reviews from the two local MPPs. 

Concerns over the details on the announcement remain to be released.

Al Gore is excited over the announcement by Ontario Premier Wynne to enact legislation banning the burning of coal in Ontario.

Al Gore is excited over the announcement by Ontario Premier Wynne to enact legislation banning the burning of coal in Ontario.

Al Gore Salutes Coal Ban Announcement

The trip to Ontario by Al Gore representing Climate Reality was to bolster the efforts promised by the Ontario Liberals. “To solve the climate crisis, we need people, provinces and countries to show the way forward towards a coal-free, sustainable future. Ontario has distinguished itself as a leader in Canada and around the world,” said former U.S. Vice-President Gore. “It is heartening to see the tremendous progress that has been made here and it is my hope that others will quickly follow suit,” stated Gore demonstrating an enthusiasm like an evangelist in full flight.

Wynne Government Under Fire Over Manufacturing Job Losses

The meeting between Premier Kathleen Wynne and Al Gore is being panned by the Opposition. Tim Hudak states, “You blew the Cliffs deal. This chance—it could have been what the oils sands are to Alberta. You fumbled the ball. We lost those jobs. That investment will go elsewhere.

Hudak charges, “The very same day that Cliffs walked away from the table—they said high energy rates are part of that equation; Heinz, high energy rates—you spent your time hugging it up with Al Gore, the very policies that drove hydro rates through the roof in the first place”.

Questioning the Premier in the Ontario Legislature, Hudak asked, “Don’t you think, considering the impact of hydro on jobs, that was a poke in the eye? Wasn’t that salt in the wounds? Wasn’t it an extraordinary misjudgment to embrace the high-energy policies that are driving jobs out of our province?”

Premier Wynne responded, “I care deeply about people losing their jobs. I care deeply about bringing jobs to Ontario. I care deeply about working with businesses, but not to sacrifice our children’s health. There is no place for policies in this province that would sacrifice children to the economy.”

Thunder Bay Enhanced Bio-Mass Press Conference

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Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy attended the Lakehead University (LU) law school opening. He joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, LU President Dr. Brian Stevenson and other dignitaries in celebrating the opening of its doors for the 2013 charter class. As the first law school to be opened in Ontario in over 40 years, it will follow a different path of the typical law school in that it will be more responsive to issues related to First Nations and the needs of the north and rural/small centres. It has been developed to respond to the shortage of lawyers and articling spots in the north. Of the program, Beardy stated, “I am particularly pleased that the school has committed to addressing Aboriginal issues in all of its subjects—this is important not only for First Nations students, but Canadian students as well.” In discussions with its founding Dean, Beardy has raised the issues of Indigenous peoples and the Euro-Canadian legal and justice systems and how the relationship manifests on a broader scale. “It is my hope through this new law school’s direct relationship with First Nations it will be an innovative opportunity to start considering the laws and governance systems of Indigenous peoples in the field of law.” Having been originally approached by Nishnawbe Aski Nation to develop it, the law school is a creation of First Nations and the community. “I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the 8 years of strong leadership and commitment of First Nations and other parties that lead to the opening of this new law school,” stated Beardy. As a continuation of this developmental work, the law school will be overseen by the Ogimaawin-Aboriginal Governance Council. Lastly Beardy stated, “Today is a good day for First Nations to take up law as a career, I encourage any Indigenous person considering this opportunity to take it and in so doing, you will have my full support.”

Premier Kathleen Wynne Speaking in Thunder Bay.

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in the City of Toronto:

“As I have said from day one, we have been watching this situation closely and listening carefully. Events obviously continue to move quickly. The things we are seeing and hearing about Mayor Rob Ford are truly disturbing. Yesterday, City Council voted to request the mayor take a leave of absence.

As Premier of Ontario, the principles that are guiding me on this issue are as follows:

One, the City of Toronto has a mayor and council that were elected by the residents of Toronto and must be accountable to them. It is up to the municipal level of government to address the issues they face. It is not the provincial government’s role, nor its intention to impose its preferences upon that government.

Two, Toronto City Council has to be able to function.

Three, if council were to clearly indicate that they lack the ability to function as a result of this matter, the province would respond to a request from council to be provided new tools, depending on what that request might be.

Four, because of the extraordinary and unique nature of this type of intervention, I would consult with the other party leaders to see if our legislature could move unanimously if required.

The last thing this terrible situation needs is a layer of partisan politics. Within Ontario’s legislature and across this city, we all have to stand together to represent the best interests of the people.

At every level, your government is here to serve you.

Toronto is a great city in an amazing province. We have a proud history and a bright future.

Toronto is greater than one politician or one government.  Ontario is greater than one politician or one government.

I understand that people are affected by what is happening at this moment.

But I want the people of Toronto to know that we will not be defined by this.

And we will all work together to ensure the people’s interests are served.”

Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

TORONTO – Opinion - I walked straight up to Rob Ford today in front of several media members and asked: “Mr. Ford: Can you explain to me why an Aboriginal person was arrested for bearing a flag at the Remembrance day ceremony while you, Sir, were not after admitting to possession of an illegal substance?”.

I did not wait around for his answer.

Did they expect anything less when they were requesting the removal of a flag?

Is it disruptive to carry a flag?

Give me a break this is disgusting. Can you imagine for a moment the Canadian flag being on the ground — and being put there by a police officer on this day of all days?

All the while our Mayor admitted to a criminal act.

[sws_pullquote_right] The police choosing to arrest an individual at that same ceremony which the police claim he ‘disrupted’ via waving of an Indigenous flag standing by while Rob Ford has not been charged for the act which he admitted: I just find what happened that day terribly disturbing. [/sws_pullquote_right] This was likely the most embarrassing and disturbing moment I have seen on a day such as this: Constable Wendy Drumming the only one causing a disruption was your fellow officers and I hope the community files a formal complaint in relation to this arrest against the officers involved.

The day prior he admitted to using crack cocaine and it was his first public appearance after that admission: an admission of an illegal act.

The police choosing to arrest an individual at that same ceremony which the police claim he ‘disrupted’ via waving of an Indigenous flag standing by while Rob Ford has not been charged for the act which he admitted: I just find what happened that day terribly disturbing.

This individual was disrespected as he was while Rob Ford, their boss, — watched the Iroquois flag placed on the ground on Remembrance Day and stood free: I view this as an affront to every person who is represented by that flag who is a veteran.

I am an adopted person.

The irony is I find it an insult not only to my Birth Grandfather who was Maliseet and a veteran, his wife who he met in the war and served in the British Forces, but also to my Mother’s Grandfather a non- Indigenous Canadian who also served from Canada.

Who is this man to walk free, to witness the arrest of a person bearing a flag, one of many that make up the fabric of this Country, and to follow this up by selling bobble heads of himself?

I support treatment of people with addictions. I have compassion for them.

Regardless someone of that position, ruling over the police, should absolutely be removed from office in light of his admissions for the purpose of the respect of the Institution, and in particular due to his role over riding the Toronto Police :Kathleen Wynne needs to act

Kristien Michael

Toronto

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Local Liberal MPPs Bill Mauro (left) and MInister Michael Gravelle share a smile with Premier Kathleen Wynne

Local Liberal MPPs Bill Mauro (left) and MInister Michael Gravelle share a smile with Premier Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Liberals Holding On to Slim Lead

TORONTO – Politics – The Ontario Liberals are holding onto a lead in the latest poll by Ipsos Reid. However the results show that the New Democrats are gaining support at the expense of the Progressive Conservatives. The lead however is not huge. Factoring in the margin of error, the Liberals are up one point in the latest poll.

“With the volume turned down on the gas-plant scandal amid a deafening chorus of coverage of both the federal Senate scandal and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s antics, a new Ipsos Reid poll of provincial voting intentions, conducted for CTV News/CP24/CFRB Newstalk 1010 reveals that Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are holding the lead and have slightly improved on their bid for re-election, but the NDP led by Andrea Horwath are on the move, tightening the three-way race,” according to a release from Ipsos Reid.

If an election were held tomorrow, Premier Wynne’s Liberal party would receive 34% of the vote among decided voters, unchanged since May. Support for Time Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives has eased to 31% (down 3 points), while Andrea Horwath’s NDP have made serious gains and also sit at 31% of the vote (up 5 points). One in twenty (5%) Ontarians would vote for some other party (unchanged).

Many Ontario Voters Still Undecided

The tight province-wide race is made even closer by the relatively high proportion of undecided voters, which currently sits at 18% of Ontarians, meaning that it’s still anybody’s game. However, in the most-populous part of the province, the GTA, the Liberals (38%) and NDP (35%) lead the lagging Tories (23%).

Examining the results among the 46% of Ontarians who say that ‘nothing short of an emergency’ could stop them from getting out to the voting booth and casting their vote in the next election, it appears that Tory voters are by far the most committed to get out and vote at this stage in the game. The PC vote rises to 38%, followed by the Liberals who soften to 31% and the NDP who also soften to 27%.

While the turnout figures don’t much help the NDP, they are buoyed by the fact that 20% of Ontarians would choose them as the party they would support second, well ahead of the proportion who says the same about the Tories (12%) or Grits (12%). In particular, among Liberal voters, 50% of them would choose the NDP second, compared to just 21% who would vote PC second.

Keeping the Liberals optimistic, nearly four in ten (37%) say that the ‘Wynne government has done a good job and deserves re-election’, up 1 point since May. This figure, which often closely mirrors the percentage of popular vote for the incumbent on Election Day, should keep the Liberals competitive. Conversely, six in ten (63%) believe ‘it’s time for another provincial party to take over’, down 1 point.

On the issue of who would make the best Premier of Ontario, the three major-party leaders are tangled up in nearly a three-way tie. Kathleen Wynne is selected as the best Premier by 33% of Ontarians (no change), followed closely by 29% who say Horwath would make the best Premier (no change), and Hudak is close behind (28%, down 3 points). Just 10% believe Mike Schreiner would make the best Premier of Ontario (up 3 points).

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Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto, greeting a nun at ...

Rob Ford, mayor of Toronto -  “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine”.

TORONTO – Mayor Rob Ford in a blockbuster press conference stated today “I have smoked crack cocaine”. The Mayor made the admission during a press scrum today in Toronto City Hall. “Probably in one of my drunken stupors,” stated Ford. The Mayor has denied, up until today many times that he ever smoked crack cocaine.

Mayor Ford says that the incident happened a year ago.

The admission has come forward drawing in Premier Kathleen Wynne. Premier Wynne states that there are legal steps that can follow to take care of these types of political situations.

Toronto City Hall has been in turmoil for months now over allegations that the Mayor has smoked crack cocaine.

Some members of the Toronto City Council are calling for Mayor Ford to take a leave of absence to deal with this situation.

Earlier today, Doug Ford, the Mayor’s brother was out in the media calling for Toronto Chief of Police Blair to step aside. 

The political fallout over this issue is likely to continue.

The admission now clears the Toronto Star who the ‘Ford Nation’ has repeatedly said was against the Mayor.

The media and the Mayor’s Office in Toronto have had a love hate relationship.

 

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Minister Rickford at Fednor Announcement

Getting Ring of Fire Moving or Getting it Right?

THUNDER BAY – Frustration over the speed of the Ring of Fire was evident at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association meetings in Thunder Bay on Friday. Delegates at the meeting expressed their concerns that officials at the municipal level were not being let into the room.

Minister Gravelle had faced a bear-pit style series of questions on Thursday. The market conditions are impacting mining, and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines along with Premier Kathleen Wynne have expressed that getting the Ring of Fire right is critical.

ELA Commentary by NOMA President

Minister Rickford, while he was being introduced by Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield who serves as NOMA President appeared very pleased when Canfield expressed how much work the Kenora MP had put in behind the scenes to make sure that the Environmental Lakes Area was saved. Rickford and the federal government’s contributions were left off the agreed on press statement issued by Ontario when Premier Wynne was in Kenora earlier in September.

Canfield shared with the NOMA delegates how he knew how much work was put in by Minister Rickford to save the ELA, and how the frustration when other governments in effect ignore that effort is something that the federal government basically has to deal with.

Rickford, in his luncheon speech spoke about the importance of putting partisan politics aside. “I have a good relationship with Minister Gravelle,” stated Rickford.

Ring of Fire

The Ring of Fire has faced several serious challenges. Some of those challenges have come from what could now be called over-ambitious statements by some of the politicians in the area. Claims at one point of up to 50,000 new jobs have now been scaled back to 5000 jobs.

Minister Rickford spoke of the importance of being tasked with the responsibility for the Ring of Fire. Earlier announcements by the Minister made in Thunder Bay were on supplying funding for Matawa First Nations to help train 260 individuals for careers in mining.

Market conditions, combined with the environmental process, Aboriginal relations, and the relationships with both provincial and federal governments are all going to have to come together for success.

Minister Gravelle and Minister Rickford seem focused on achieving those goals. 

Cliffs Natural Resources remains engaged, but has been making strong statements lately. The decision by Ontario on how to access the resources is echoing across the region. 

Getting it right will be important. For many in the region getting it done appears increasingly important.

James Murray

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Bill Mauro MPP

Bill Mauro MPP

Thunder Bay Law School Historic

QUEENS PARK – Politics - In my 16 years of political work—six on city council in Thunder Bay and 10 as the MPP for the riding of Thunder Bay–Atikokan—Wednesday, September 4 was absolutely a red-letter day in our community. We made history on Wednesday, September 4 in Thunder Bay, at Lakehead University, when we announced the first law school in the history of northern Ontario at the Lakehead University campus in the city of Thunder Bay. Not only that, it represents the first new law school in Ontario in well over 40 years. There was an incredibly large and enthusiastic crowd for the opening, and I was very excited and pleased to have Premier Kathleen Wynne in attendance with us all that day.

This announcement for us in Thunder Bay is important on so many levels. It represents an ability for local students from Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario to stay close to home and get their education. It represents a continuing diversification of our economy and a building of our knowledge-based economy, along with the medical school, the new law school, the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and the like.

In the final few seconds that I have, I do want to thank so many people who did a lot of work on this particular project: former president Gilbert, current president Brian Stevenson, the board of directors, the law society, the broader community, and mayor and council, who all lent their support to this effort.

Clearly, I have to thank our Liberal government and previous Premier McGuinty and current Premier Wynne and past Ministers of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as my colleague Michael Gravelle. We all did a lot of work. It’s very exciting, a very proud day for Thunder Bay and Lakehead University.

Bill Mauro MPP
Thunder Bay Atikokan

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Andrea Horwath sits down to talk about youth issues

Andrea Horwath sits down with NNL’s Meghan Payment and Quinn Spyrka to discuss youth issues

THUNDER BAY – New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath will be in Thunder Bay on Sunday.  Horwath in in Thunder Bay to address the Ontario NDP Northern Council. The NDP leader will be at the Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre, Madrid Ballroom.

The New Democrats are riding high in Northwestern Ontario, according to the latest Abacus Data Poll. However the small sample size of that poll has Abacus Data saying it isn’t large enough to draw serious conclusions.

NetNewsLedger is seeking to GoLive with the NDP leader on Sunday to talk about politics.

The New Democrats have Andrew Foulds nominated in Thunder Bay Superior North. In Thunder Bay Atikokan the NDP have Mary Kozorys nominated.

In the Kenora riding, Sarah Campbell will carry the New Democratic banner seeking re-election. She will face Anthony Leek who is the Liberal candidate. 

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Mayor Hobbs, with Premier Wynne and Minister Gravelle

Mayor Hobbs, with Premier Wynne and Minister Gravelle

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Shared With Region

THUNDER BAY – Premier Kathleen Wynne has completed a tour of Northwestern Ontario. The Premier visited Kenora, Thunder Bay and Fort Severn. In Kenora, the Premier announced Ontario Government funding for the Experimental Lakes Area. The $2 million dollars in funding is the Ontario share that also has federal funding coming to ensure the facility will stay open.

In Kenora, Liberal candidate Anthony Leek commenting on the Premier’s visit said, “The Premier’s visit was well received and her announcement on Monday was very welcomed news by many people. She has such a positive and engaging personality that is easy to appreciate”.

Premier Wynne Kenora

ELA Announcement in Kenora.

The Government of Canada, the Ontario government and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA). This Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the three parties’ commitment to ensure a smooth transition of the ELA to a new operator.

Premier Wynne Announces ELA Saved 

This agreement will allow the research facility to remain open while a long-term agreement is finalized.

The Experimental Lakes Area is a one-of-a-kind, freshwater research region. The research conducted by scientists from right here in Ontario, Canada and internationally, informs pollution reduction strategies, our understanding of climate change and how we can protect the lakes and rivers in Ontario, across Canada and around the world.

Speaking on the ELA, Premier Wynne stated, “I am thrilled that the Experimental Lakes Area will remain open. The research performed here provides invaluable knowledge about climate change and helps protect freshwater systems around the world. I want to thank all parties for working together to help make Ontario a world-class destination for scientific research”.

ELA Announcement Leaves Canada and Manitoba on Sidelines

However the move by the Ontario Premier did leave the federal government sitting on the sidelines. Kenora MP Greg Rickford has voiced concern over the move by the Premier. There was an agreed joint media statement that the federal government and the province of Ontario had agreed to in the announcement. The process of developing those announcements often take a lot of background jousting. The federal government will be putting up money for this project too, as the Province of Manitoba is doing as well.

“I’m just frustrated. I’m upset that the province would do this. I had an opportunity to speak with Minister Gravelle, who I have a great relationship with. In the end, I’m hopeful that this kind of thing won’t happen again,” said Rickford. 

Doing Politics the Way Michael Gravelle Does Politics

Manitoba Government Putting Up The Most Money on ELA

The Manitoba government is providing the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) ongoing, secure funding as the organization takes over operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), Premier Greg Selinger announced today.  The new, more than $6 million, six-year agreement includes $900,000 to be dedicated to funding freshwater research and technology at the ELA. 

“The ELA will be invaluable to helping us solve the complex issues surrounding the health of Lake Winnipeg and basin waterway challenges,” said Selinger.  “Stable long-term funding is critical for the nationally and internationally important work that is conducted at this facility.”

Premier Greg Selinger noted the Government of Manitoba is the largest core funder of the IISD. 

Premier Wynne Visits Washaho – Fort Severn

From Kenora, the Premier flew north to Fort Severn Ontario.

Premier Wynne in Washaho - Fort Severn.

Premier Wynne in Washaho – Fort Severn.

The community on the shores of James Bay is home to polar bears, and the Washaho Cree Nation.

In Washaho, the Premier met with students and Elders.  Premier Wynne handed out school supplies and shared with the community her vision for the north.

Premier Wynne in Fort Severn meeting with Elders.

Premier Wynne in Fort Severn meeting with Elders.

Premier Wynne On To Thunder Bay

The Premier arrived in Thunder Bay to a full schedule of meetings and events. The Premier led a round table discussion with Finance Minister Souza. Premier Wynne also toured the new courthouse in the downtown south core of the city.

Mayor Hobbs expressed that the Premier has made positive moves toward the event centre in the downtown Waterfront District Business Improvement Area.

Local Liberal MPPs Bill Mauro (left) and MInister Michael Gravelle share a smile with Premier Kathleen Wynne

Local Liberal MPPs Bill Mauro (left) and MInister Michael Gravelle share a smile with Premier Kathleen Wynne

 

On Tuesday night, the Premier was the special guest of the Thunder Bay Superior North Liberals who held Minister Michael Gravelle’s nomination meeting. The Premier seconded the nomination for Minister Gravelle’s sixth confirmation as candidate for the riding. The packed house at the Italian Cultural Centre on Court Street hear an inspired speech from Minister Gravelle. 

The Premier spoke in glowing terms about how Michael Gravelle has the kinds of skills in politics that are needed. 

Faculty of Law at Lakehead University is now open for studying.

Faculty of Law at Lakehead University is now open for studying.

On Wednesday, the Premier started the day with students at Woodcrest School, and then attended the long awaited grand opening of the Lakehead University Law School.

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