MPP Jeff Yurek challenges Wynne government on pay equity funding for community living associations

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek had some tough questions for the Minister of Community and Social Services, as a labour dispute between OPSEU Local 151 and Community Living Elgin drags on. Yurek voiced his concerns during question period Thursday, not only of the planned restructuring at Community Living Elgin, but
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Yurek Named PC Health Critic

By Scott Kitching on September 10, 2015 1:24pm The MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London has been given the job of keeping Ontario’s health minister on his toes. PC leader Patrick Brown announced Thursday that Jeff Yurek is the party’s new Critic of Health and Long Term Care. Brown unveiled his shadow cabinet at a news conference in Toronto. “I’m
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‘A different approach’: Ontario PC leader looks to rebrand party with pledge to tone down partisanship

Ashley Csanady | September 10, 2015 2:32 PM ET National Post Patrick Brown is continuing his push to present the Ontario PC Party as a softer kind of Tory as he readies for the start of the legislative sitting on Monday. Matthew Sherwood for National PostPatrick Brown, the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives,
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Ministry of Transportation to meet with Southwold Township over Glanworth overpass

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Southwold council will have their voices heard – an opportunity to speak with an Ontario government staff about the embattled Glanworth Dr./Hwy. 401 overpass. The Ministry of Transportation has agreed to meet with members of Southwold council to discuss the plan to demolish the bridge for their Col. Talbot
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Over 50 people attend public meeting on parking woes around Metcalfe Gardens retirement residence

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Management at Metcalfe Gardens is cautiously optimistic a resolution is on the horizon for the street parking regulations that have plagued the residence for over a year. Over 50 people in total – including residents, their family members and staff at Metcalfe Gardens – met to discuss the latest
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Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Brown consults with auto industry

Dane Wanniarachige Jul 17, 2015 Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says the Liberal government’s provincial retirement plan, high energy costs and red tape are holding back the struggling auto industry. “The environment being created by the Liberal government in the auto sector is going to see the continued decline of manufacturing jobs,” Brown said
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MPP Jeff Yurek wants public input to help establish fish management plans and strategies for the whole region.

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal An area MPP is calling on the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to fish or cut bait when it comes to establishing a fisheries advisory council for Southwestern Ontario. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek wants fishing advocates to have a direct line to the ministry – helping the regulator
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Deer population mismanaged

Regarding the article MPP calls for deer cull (June 25). What is needed for our area is better management of the deer population. One only has to look at the dwindling moose populations in the north and the ongoing problems with the deer in the southwest to show that the Liberal government has been failing
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Bayham celebrates lighthouse anniversary on Canada Day

  PORT BURWELL – In 1940 when the Royal Canadian Air Force commissioned its first Canadian-built Harvard training aircraft, the beacon in Port Burwell’s Lighthouse had already been shining out into Lake Erie for an entire century. This is the oldest wooden lighthouse on the north shore of the lake, and one of the oldest in Canada.
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Port Stanley boat launch opens just in time for the summer rush

By Jennifer Bieman, St. Thomas Times-Journal Whether you’re sweet summertime ride is a sailboat, powerboat or jet ski, the Municipality of Central Elgin is making it easier for boaters to get out on the water. Central Elgin councillors gave the brand new Port Stanley boat launch the official seal of approval Tuesday morning after trying
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Bear standoff shows cuts put public at risk: Opposition

BY ANTONELLA ARTUSO, QUEEN’S PARK BUREAU CHIEF TORONTO – Government cutbacks led police to use bullets to deal with a black bear that wandered into a Newmarket neighbourhood, opposition critics charge. “The Liberals have cut MNR to the bone,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Monday. “So what does it take? It takes a black bear wandering the
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Start-up aid axed by province

By Norman DeBono, The London Free Press Small business in the London region is looking to Ottawa for a lifeline. A provincial program that allows laid-off workers earning employment insurance to start their own business will turn to the federal government now that the program has been chopped. The Elgin Community Futures Development Corp. will
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Ryan’s Law Granted Royal Ascent

On April 30th 2015, in the Ontario Legislature with the support of all MPPs Ryan’s Law passed third and final reading today and will become law after receiving royal assent. Here are some of the many articles written about the passing of Ryan’s Law: Published on May 5th, 2015: Northumberland View The Globe and Mail BLG
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Nothing really new in Thursday’s budget announcement says MPP Jeff Yurek

by Jennifer Bieman, St Thomas Times- Journal What happens in Queen’s Park doesn’t stay in Queen’s Park. And with the 2015 Ontario provincial budget tabled on Thursday, it’s got St. Thomas and Elgin County residents asking “what’s in it for me?” And if you ask Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, he’d say ‘not much’. “There’s quite
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Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek slams government on funding for orthopedic surgeons

By Ben Forrest, St. Thomas Times-Journal Jeff Yurek is hammering away at the provincial government about a perceived lack of funding for orthopedic surgeons at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. The Progressive Conservative MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London is trying to link the shortfall to what he says is financial mismanagement and waste from the Liberal government.
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