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MPP tells Wynne to step in to resolve local labour chaos

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli told Premier Wynne today, “There is a sense of chaos and uncertainty in my riding due to job cuts and two work stoppages at major provincial employers”.

He delivered a letter to Wynne asking her to take a personal role in resolving two ongoing provincial labour disruptions in the riding.

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Layoffs, labour unrest imperil local economy

The North Bay economy is taking a beating with three of its major employers now wrestling with labour disputes or layoffs.

The latest blow came Wednesday with news that 195 employees at Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) have been locked out following failed contract negotiations.

That, on the heels of striking faculty at Nipissing University and layoffs at the North Bay Regional Health Centre, could spell trouble for local businesses dependant on the spending of the three organizations and their affected workers…

“It’s very disruptive for the community,” said Fedeli, of the layoffs and labour disputes.

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Fedeli enraged with Premier’s Chromite Tax initiative for Ring of Fire

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli presented evidence in the Ontario Legislature today that the Wynne Liberal government is considering a chromite tax.

“I ask the minister, did the Liberal government ever propose a chromite royalty? Is that why Cliffs left Ontario?” Fedeli asked during Question Period.

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Liberals killing $60M project – NDP

Northern Development Minister Michael Gravelle came under fire in the provincial legislature Thursday for inaction at the Ring of Fire, with the NDP charging that the Liberals are on track to kill a $60-billion mining project.

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Tories say Cliffs quit Ring of Fire because of planned Ontario tax on chromite

TORONTO – Ontario’s Opposition says a Liberal government plan to tax the mineral chromite prompted Cliffs Natural Resources to pull out of the Ring of Fire mining project in the province’s north.

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MPP’s financial fears confirmed

Ontario’s budget watchdog warns there is a “significant risk” that the Liberal government will not balance the province’s books by 2017-18 as promised.

Financial accountability officer Stephen LeClair says there’s been a slowdown in the economy since the 2015 provincial budget projected growth of 4.3 per cent in each of the next three years.

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ONTC reduces bus service

Ontario Northland is changing its motor coach service due to low ridership, according to the company.

Ontario Northland Transportation Corporation announced the changes earlier this week and are scheduled to take effect Nov. 15.

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Threats to pull out could impact North Bay

Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli is concerned the possible work stoppage in the Ring of Fire could impact North Bay mining supply businesses.

Fedeli’s fears came after the Financial Post reported Noront Resources Ltd. warned the Ontario government and First Nations communities that it will stop work unless it can show some progress to its investors.

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Paying more to turn on your lights

Ontario families are now paying more to turn on their lights.

As of Nov. 1 hydro rates increased by about 3%. It’s the second consecutive increase since May.

And there’s more coming.

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Cost of home-ownership dream to rise

TIMMINS – The dream of buying and owning a home in Ontario may be about to get drastically more expensive — and for many, may simply become unaffordable.

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government is getting closer to amending the Municipal Act to authorize all municipalities to charge a Municipal Land Transfer Tax.

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