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Wynne puts Algoma jobs at risk

Under questioning from NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government refused Monday to protect Algoma steel jobs in Sault Ste. Marie.

The NDP has committed to investments to save the Huron Central Railway – the line that carries Algoma steel and other products of the local economy to market. By refusing the save the railway, Wynne is putting hundreds of Algoma steel jobs at risk.

Horwath demands Wynne withdraw regulation forcing political messages into hydro bills

On Monday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath demanded Premier Kathleen Wynne withdraw her new proposed law that would force all electricity companies to insert Wynne's political message into hydro bills until the next election.

The proposed regulation is being pushed through Wynne’s cabinet this month. It includes a specific, self-promoting message Wynne plans to force all electricity vendors and sub-metering companies to insert into hydro bills.

LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT – Part-time Contract (20 hrs/week, July 10 – Sept 8, 2017 – 9 weeks) MPP Catherine Fife, Kitchener Waterloo - Queen’s Park Office

Objective: To assist the Kitchener Waterloo MPP with her political and legislative duties.

Responsible to the Member for:

 Administration and Correspondence

Administering the Member’s office at Queen’s Park, including preparing correspondence for the Member to Ministers of the Crown, Provincial Agencies, Boards and Commissions, constituents and members of the public, as well as responding to correspondence from constituents, stakeholder groups and government officials at all levels. 

Stakeholder Relations

Working closely with the MPP to develop and maintain relations with key stakeholders for the MPP’s critic portfolios. Developing and maintaining key stakeholder database. Assisting the Member by scheduling meetings at Queen’s Park relevant to her critic portfolio, legislative responsibilities and constituency priorities.

Public Relations

Contacting constituents and general public as required, by telephone, email or in person. Dealing with inquiries and solving problems (“case work”) that come directly to Queen’s Park, or are referred from the Constituency Office for follow up. Contacting senior government personnel, career professionals, representatives of community organizations, local government officials, and media, on behalf of the Member. 

Media Relations

Monitor provincial and local media to ensure a strong media presence for the Member. May include drafting op-eds, writing standard media releases and arranging interviews with members of the media. As well, will work with the MPP and caucus communications department to maintain Member’s social media presence to increase MPP’s visibility; and assist with outreach and engagement to help promote awareness of the MPP in the riding.

 Advisory/Research Duties

Keeping informed of legislative developments, including new legislation and/or issues at committees; understanding caucus policy and positions on topics of current interest and concern; performing specialized research at the Member’s request; making inquiries and collecting information in connection with Member’s legislative responsibilities and specific community interest and problems; deputizing as required for the Member at hearings or meetings which she is unable to attend (through note-taking or by participating).  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Knowledge appropriate to the position of the Ontario NDP Caucus, and of the Ontario Government and public affairs.
  • Excellent communication skills and exceptional writing skills; ability to work with the public and sector stakeholders; ability to work with minimal supervision; ability to work under pressure; ability to do both general and specific research.  
  • Fluency in basic office computer software and skills, as well as office organization skills, are essential.
  • Online – web and social media – skills are essential.
  • Travel between Queen’s Park and Constituency offices - as requested by member.

The NDP Caucus is an equal opportunity employer.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Applications to Human Resources Co-ordinator NDP Caucus, email: resumes@ndp.on.ca,  Fax: 416-325-2266.

CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT – Casework/Outreach Full Time Contract – August 2017 – July 2018 MPP Catherine Fife – Kitchener Waterloo

Objectives:  To assist the Member by completing assigned casework and outreach duties. 

Responsible to Member for:

  • Dealing with enquiries and solving problems and advocating for constituents (case work).   Contacting and responding to  constituents by telephone, writing, and in person.  Contacting  senior government personnel, officials from outside organizations, and local government, as well as building and maintaing these relationships. 
  • Preparing all documentation related to casework.
  • Preparing, gathering, maintaining and compiling research material as requested by Member to aid in communicating with constituents and organizations in the constituency.
  • Responding to requests for research or information from the MPP’s constituents.
  • Monitor local media to ensure a strong media presence for the Member. May include preparing weekly columns, drafting op-eds, standard media releases and arranging stand-up interviews. As well, will work with the MPP and caucus communications department to maintain the Member’s social media presence for the purpose of increasing MPP’s visual identity and interaction with constituents; and assist with outreach and engagement to help promote awareness of the MPP in the riding. 
  • Keeping informed in all policy areas assigned by Member and liaising with interest groups within the constituency.
  • Travel throughout the Riding to perform outreach, casework and event planning and other duties as assigned by the Member.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge, appropriate to the position, of the NDP and/or the Canadian labour movement, Canadian Government, Ontario government, regional and municipal governments, and public affairs.  
  • Ability to write articles and reports, to meet deadlines, produce accurate work and maintain organized records.  
  • Ability to understand and prepare cases and to advocate effectively on behalf of the Member’s constituents.  Experience in social work or related field considered an asset.
  • Excellent computer skills, including basic office software and online platforms, including social media and web services, eg. WordPress and NationBuilder.  
  • Familiarity with Member’s constituency and key stakeholder groups in the region essential.
  • Experience in  NDP organizations, Ontario Government and election campaigns would be an asset.  
  • Proficiency in social media required.

The NDP Caucus is an equal opportunity employer.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Applications to Human Resources Coordinator NDP Caucus - resumes@ndp.on.ca – (or by fax: 416-325-2266)

CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT - OUTREACH/CASEWORK Temporary Part-Time – 19.5 hours (between June 10 and September 25th inclusive) Wayne Gates, MPP – Niagara Falls

Location: Fort Erie Satellite office

Objectives:  To assist the Member by completing assigned casework and outreach duties primarily in the Fort Erie community. 

Responsible to Member for:

  • Staffing satellite office. 
  • Dealing with enquiries and solving problems and advocating for constituents (case work).   Contacting and responding to  constituents by telephone, writing, and in person.  Contacting  senior government personnel, officials from outside organizations, and local government on behalf of constituents.
  • Assisting with outreach and engagement to help promote awareness of the MPP in the riding.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with constituents and local stakeholders including community organizations.
  • Keeping informed and liaising with interest groups within the Fort Erie area and ensuring Member is advised of key local concerns. 
  • Monitor local media and ensure that Member’s visibility wtihin the riding is reflected in traditional as well as new (social) media.
  • Developing, maintaining, and managing online records and ensuring that casework intake is reflected via electronic database.
  • Responding to requests for research or information from the MPP’s constituents in Fort Erie and surrounding area. 
  • Travelling throughout the riding to perform outreach as assigned by the member including: event planning, speaking engagements, attending events on behalf of the Member. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge, appropriate to the position, of the NDP and/or the Canadian labour movement, Canadian Government,  Ontario government and public affairs.  Ability to write correspondence, to meet deadlines, produce accurate work and maintain organized records.  Ability to understand and prepare cases and to advocate effectively on behalf of the Member’s constituents.  Excellent Computer skills.  Familiarity with Member’s constituency and key stakeholder groups in the region essential. Experience in  NDP organizations, Ontario Government and election campaigns would be an asset.  

The NDP Caucus is an equal opportunity employer.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Applications to Human Resources Coordinator NDP Caucus,  resumes@ndp.on.ca, Fax, 416-325-2266.

NDP's Horwath, Krmpotich commit to funding to keep HCRY, Essar jobs alive

Today, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich announced their funding commitment to keep the Huron Central Railway rolling in order to protect and create good jobs in the Sault.

"Huron Central's line to Sudbury is how Essar gets Sault products to market," said Krmpotich. "Without it, hundreds of jobs will be lost. I'm proud to say that the NDP won't let that happen."

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo calls for action in housing crisis unfolding in Parkdale

Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park and NDP Critic for GTA Issues, is standing with Parkdale tenants on rent strike, and calling on AIMCo to immediately stop issuing evictions notices and the Liberal government to immediately address the housing crisis unfolding in her riding in Parkdale.

“I will not stand by while my neighbours and constituents are pushed out of their homes and their communities.” said DiNovo. “Kathleen Wynne must act immediately to protect tenants from eviction.”

Health care wait times are too high in the Sault: NDP

The NDP says years of cuts and underfunding by Lberal and Conservative governments have led to health care wait times that are too long in the Sault – and it's time to turn that around with a voice that will fight for more resources.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), 90 per cent of admitted patients wait as long as 53 hours in the Sault Area Hospital ER for a hospital bed. Sault's hospital is the second most crowded hospital in Ontario, according to numbers revealed by a recent Globe and Mail article.

FAO report warns that Wynne hydro plan will cause bills to soar: NDP

A new report from the Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) confirms that Premier Kathleen Wynne's Hydro borrowing scheme will cause Hydro bills to soar. Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns said the report shows that Wynne’s plan is even costlier than feared, and is about saving Liberal seats at the expense of everyone who pays a hydro bill.

"We thank the Financial Accountability Officer, Stephen LeClair, for his work and urge Kathleen Wynne to see it as a big red flag," said NDP Energy critic MPP Peter Tabuns. "The cost to everyday families and businesses across Ontario with this plan is far too high.”

 

STATEMENT FROM THE NDP ON KOMAGATA MARU ANNIVERSARY

On the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, Ontario’s New Democrats join with Ontario’s South Asian community, and all Canadians, to remember this dark chapter in Canada’s history.

When the Komagata Maru landed in Vancouver 103 years ago, 352 passengers – largely Sikh – fleeing British colonial rule in India were refused entry to Canada, and refused even basic necessities such as food and water. The decision to refuse to help these passengers seeking refuge and a better life was the result of exclusionary laws designed to keep immigrants of Asian origin and descent out of Canada.

New Democrats across the country joined with the South Asian community as far back as 2007 in calling for a formal apology from the Canadian government. Ontario’s New Democrats have also worked closely with Ontario’s Sikh community on issues including the creation Sikh Heritage Month in Ontario, formal recognition of the November 1984 Sikh massacre, and flying the Nishaan Sahib outside the provincial legislature – a historic first.

Across the country, New Democrats and the Sikh community are united by shared values of selfless service, community wellbeing and optimism. Although the discriminatory laws that led to the incident are gone, racist sentiments and anti-immigrant discrimination are still present in Canada today. All Canadians should use the memory of the Komagata Maru to remind us to stand up to oppression and injustice whenever we see it.

Racism, faith-based discrimination, and prejudice have no place here.

 

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June
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Wednesday
@ 05:30 PM
Beaches - East York Board Game Night
Location: Time Capsule Board Games Cafe & Bar in Toronto, ON, Canada

Board game night in support of Beaches-East York Provincial NDP Association. Children welcome.

Tickets: $25