The Unfairness of the Wynne Liberal “Fair Hydro Plan”

Yesterday, my husband Jim went to a Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro open house to learn what is planned over the next decade both provincially and locally. What he found out is that there is nothing fair in the Ontario Liberals’ Fair Hydro Plan.

Sure, the rates are going to go down now and into the near future as the government takes on debt to subsidize rate reductions but, eventually after ten years, that debt will need to be paid.

In other words, the Wynne Liberals are pushing magical thinking on to the population to try to get Ontario voters to forget that the problem is mostly of the Liberals own making, driven by all the billions and billions of dollars contracted for wind and solar energy which is completely unreliable.

For example, my husband learned that wind (7%) and solar (2%) account for only 9% of hydro generation while nuclear is 63.6%.

So, the “Fair Hydro Plan” does not offer long-term utility bill relief, contrary to what Liberal politicians are promoting.  As Peter Reesor, CEO of the Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce, says in an Owen Sound Sun Times column by Denis Langlois, “the plan is ‘a good start,’” but doesn’t tackle the central issue of soaring hydro costs. In other words, while “the relief will be greatly appreciated [now] it still doesn’t solve the problem in the long run. We’re basically passing an even higher debt on this – the cost of hydro – to our children and our grandchildren.”

Exactly!

On the hydro debt, Langlois also quotes Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker as saying: “there is nothing ‘fair’ about the refinancing proposal, noting it will cost taxpayers ‘in a worst-case scenario’ as much as $42 billion over 30 years in added interest costs to ‘fix the hydro mess’ created by the Liberal government.”

Truly, the current gang of Liberal politicians in the Province of Ontario care only for their green ideology and getting re-elected. The crux of the matter is that the Ontario PCs under Patrick Brown need to get elected in 2018 so they can do something about this issue, starting with cancelling the Ontario FIT (Feed-in Tariff) program — which my husband heard yesterday, is still signing private renewable energy contracts and will continue to do so until the end of this summer!

Absolute madness! What a mess we are postponing for our children and our grandchildren.

Endnote: Those of us who live in regional Niagara-on-the-Lake (which consists of 5 separate communities), are very lucky that our municipal hydro utility is owned by our local municipality because it is very well managed. In that regard, my sincere thanks to NOTL Hydro and their volunteer Board.

Wynne’s incompetent and corrupt Liberals “cooking books” year before election

ONPC Leader in fighting spirit on day of Liberal budget.

The polite way of saying the Ontario Liberals are corrupt or ethically challenged is to repeat what ONPC (Progressive Conservative) Leader Patrick Brown said this week in the Ontario Legislature just before Ontario Liberal Finance Minister Charles Sousa presented the Liberal budget — that as the government’s chef, he was “cooking the books.”

Well, in my opinion, it is past time for being polite. The Ontario Liberals have been corrupt for quite some time. They are ruled by ideology at all cost, in this case, a green philosophy that only benefits environmental activists and those with 20 year contracts in the Feed-in-Tariff — FIT program.

In fact, the Liberals will say anything or do anything to get elected or re-elected. A particularly favourable approach for Liberals to win Ontario elections (and federally as well, I might add) is to scare voters into voting Liberal. Ah, those scary Conservatives. Blah, blah, blah. Which, unfortunately, worked federally in 2015 and in Ontario in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2014!!

For example, back during the Ontario election in 2003, then opposition Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty made a very public “written” pledge that, if elected with a majority government, his Liberals would not raise taxes.

Except that pledge was an outright lie. Just a couple of months after receiving a majority mandate, McGuinty announced that his government would be implementing an Ontario Health Care Premium — a premium, it turned out, that would never go towards health care but would be deposited directly into Ontario’s general revenues. And, while some would argue that health care funding comes out of general revenues, so do a lot of other government expenditures.

Fast forward to 2017. Not only do we have an Ontario Liberal Finance Minister saying the province has balanced the budget by using non-accessible public pension funds, but we have Premier Kathleen Wynne telling us their Cap and Trade isn’t a tax either. We also have businesses moving outside of Ontario or shutting down altogether because of huge hydro delivery charges that have to pay for the Cap and Trade folly.

What incompetence! As Lorrie Goldstein wrote in the Toronto Sun earlier this month: “The reality is Wynne, who ran on running an open and transparent government in 2014, has chosen the least open and transparent method of carbon pricing — cap and trade.

Anyway, by making the claim that they have balanced the budget in 2017,  make no mistake about it, the Ontario Liberals have officially started the 2018 election campaign. As a result, the fight for the soul of Ontario is on — 24/7.  The key questions are:

  • Will Ontario be run into the ground by the Liberals or their NDP cousins (e.g., 300,000 manufacturing jobs have already been lost)? or
  • Will Ontario voters have the courage to vote for the Ontario PCs under Brown to turn the economy around and make the province a “have” province again?

The crux of the matter is for Conservatives of all types, as well as fed up Liberals, to get the truth out by whatever means they can — and that truth is that the Liberal Party of Ontario is not only incompetent but corrupt as well and must not be rewarded with another mandate to further misgovern.

ON “Health & Physical Ed” curriculum embeds sexual & gender politics

Click for Page 8 of the 2015 ON Health & Phys Ed curriculum.

Click for Page 8 of the 2015 ON Health & Phys Ed curriculum.

I recently decided to read through the Ontario Health and Physical Education document to see what all the fuss was about regarding the presentation of “Human Development and Sexual Health” to Ontario’s Grades 1 to 8 children — children who range from 6 years of age to 13 years of age.

Here are the learning topics, slightly shortened, according to grade level and applicable page numbers. My short analysis is in my Endnotes.

Grade 1 — Section C1.3 — Identity of body parts, including genitalia (P.93)

Grade 2 — Section C1.4 — Outline of the basic stages of human development and related bodily changes. Also, identity factors that are important for healthy growth and living throughout life. (P.108)

Grade 3 — Section C. 3.3 — Describe how visible differences and invisible differences make each person unique, and identify ways of showing respect for differences in others. (P.124)

Grade 4 — Section C1.5 — Describe the physical changes that occur in males and females at puberty and the emotional and social impacts that may result from these changes. (P.141)

Grade 5 — Section C2.4 — Describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being. (P.158)

Grade 6 — Section C3.3 — Assess the effects of stereotypes, including homophobia and assumptions regarding gender roles and expectations, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, ethnicity or culture, mental health, and abilities, on an individual’s self-concept, social inclusion, and relationships with others, and propose appropriate ways of responding to and changing assumptions and stereotypes. (P.177)

Grade 7

  • Section 1.3 — Explain the importance of having a shared understanding with a partner about the following: delaying sexual activity until they are older; the reasons for not engaging in sexual activity; the concept of consent and how consent is communicated; and, in general, the need to communicate clearly with each other when making decisions about sexual activity in the relationship. (P.195)
  • Section C1.4 — Identify common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and describe their symptoms. (P.196)
  • Section C1.5 — Identify ways of preventing STIs, including HIV, and/or unintended pregnancy, such as delaying first intercourse and other sexual activities until a person is older and using condoms consistently if and when a person becomes sexually active. (P.196)
  • Section C2.4 –Demonstrate an understanding of physical, emotional, social, and psychological factors that need to be considered when making decisions related to sexual health. (P.199)

Grade 8

  • Section C1.4 — Identify and explain factors that can affect an individual’s decisions about sexual activity and identify sources of support regarding sexual health, a community elder, a teacher, a religious leader, a parent or other trusted adult, a reputable website). (P.215)
  • Section C1.5 — Demonstrate an understanding of gender identity (e.g., male, female, two-spirited, transgender, transsexual, intersex), gender expression, and sexual orientation (e.g., heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual), and identify factors that can help individuals of all identities and orientations develop a positive self-concept. (P.216)
  • Section C2.4 — Demonstrate an understanding of aspects of sexual health and safety, including contraception and condom use for pregnancy and STI prevention, the concept of consent, and matters they need to consider and skills they need to use in order to make safe and healthy decisions about sexual activity. (P.218)
  • Section C3.3 — Analyse the attractions and benefits associated with being in a relationship, as well as the benefits, risks, and drawbacks, for themselves and others, of relationships involving different degrees of sexual intimacy. (P.220)

Appendices

For summary tables of the relevant topics, see pages 224 and 225 of the document.

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Endnotes: For the most part, this curriculum document is thorough and well presented up to Grade 6. In fact, I would give that part of the document an “A.” However, I would give the Grades 7 and 8 section a “B” at most because of the very lack of inclusiveness it claims to cover, as well as being way over the top as far as what topics the government is expecting teachers to teach — as opposed to health care workers and/or parents.

Moreover, I would think having male and female students learning these topics together would sometimes be acutely embarrassing. At least that was my experience when I was teaching this subject in the public system when I first started teaching.

However, regarding the lack of inclusiveness, by basing most of the content regarding gender identity on the notion of gender as always being socially constructed, this curriculum document excludes all people of faith and what they might believe about being male or female, as well as such scientific biological and genetic evidence as XY and XX chromosomes.

Whatever. The crux of the matter is that this document is not going to be changed. In fact, even if the Ontario PCs were to gain power in 2018, they would not be able to change very much because the sexual and gender politics embedded in it are now law within the Ontario Human Rights Code — meaning that train has already left the station.