Letter: Don’t understate sexual violence through partisan politics

On the evening of Jan. 25, the #MeToo movement came alive in our own backyard as allegations against Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) party leader, surfaced. We watched as his executive team members released consecutive statements that they would be resigning from positions as campaign manager, chief of staff and Ontario PC press secretary. He stood alone at the emergency press conference held at Queen’s Park in the early morning and assured the public that these allegations were “categorically untrue” and since he grew up with sisters, such claims could not be true. He then exited the building quickly, but not before telling the press, “I will be at work in the morning.” Brown then resigned a […]

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19-year-old university student running for Member of Provincial Parliament

Just one year after gaining voting legality, Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff is a contender for Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) at 19-years-old. Oosterhoff has secured the Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate position in the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, beating out PC party president Rick Dykstra, 50, in the process, according to multiple news outlets. Now, Oosterhoff said he will try for a spot at Queen’s Park, facing off against Liberal candidate Vicky Ringuette, 37, and the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Mike Thomas, 56, in a byelection set for Nov. 17. If he wins, Oosterhoff will break a longstanding record and become the youngest MPP in Ontario. The previous record was set by Reid Scott, a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation MPP who […]

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Ontario PCs propose alternative to 30 per cent tuition grant

The Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) party released a policy paper aimed at improving higher education Feb. 12. However, the policy is concerning to post-secondary students dealing with the rising cost of tuition, according to provincial and federal student associations. The paper, titled “Paths to Prosperity: Higher Learning for Better Jobs” contains 13 points demonstrating the PC’s plan to prepare students for the jobs needed in today’s economy. Such a plan would seek to tie government financial aid to academic success through a PC policy called “No Qualified Student Left Behind.” This system would replace the 30 per cent tuition break that the current Ontario government offers. PC training, colleges and universities critic Rob Leone said the current Liberal 30 per […]

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