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Monthly Columns Archive


2017 Monthly Columns


December 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Discussing the passing of back-to-work legislation and the Conservative Party's Election Readiness and Policy Convention which took place on November 24-35 in Toronto.

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November 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: In this column, Mr. Yakabuski explains how and why electricity bills in Ontario have decreased, and reflects on Remembrance Week.

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October 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski reflects on the unseasonable warmth in September, the Renfrew County Plowing Match and International Plowing Match, and talks of Thanksgiving.

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August 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Discussing the negative impacts of Bill 148 on Ontario's economy, and how anti-logging alarmists are threatening the jobs of men and women in our province.

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June 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski discusses the so-called Fair Hydro Plan, and how it will cost Ontarians as much as $93 billion in the future.

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May 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Mr. Yakabuski addresses the catastrophic flooding that has occured this Spring, and provides information on the Disaster Recovery Assistance Program.

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April 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: Remembering Vimy Ridge and Happy Easter wishes from John, Vicky and the entire Yakabuski family.

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March 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal Government finally admits their Green Energy Act was a monumental financial disaster, and have instituted a 25% reduction on hydro bills. But as they say, "the devil is in the details", and Mr. Yakabuski details why this change simply isn't good enough.

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February 2017— Monthly Column

Topics: A primer on Liberal controversies, how the gas tax plan unfairly excludes rural Ontario, and more information on the rise of electricity prices.

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2016 Monthly Columns


December 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: The many ways that the Wynne-Liberal government have made life more unaffordable in rural Ontario, and information on the Eye See ... Eye Learn program, which aims to ensure that school-aged children have eye examinations.

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November 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Breaking down your Hydro rates; how Liberal legislation has caused a massive spike in the cost of electricity and what you can do about it! Also in this month's column is a quick update concerning the four-lane highway and a reminder to observe Remembrance Day. Lest We Forget.

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September 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal Government's energy rebates; too little and too late. In this column Mr. Yakabuski explains why energy costs are skyrocketing in Ontario and why the proposed rebates are simply not enough.

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August 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Scarborough-Rouge River by-election and possible Liberal gerrymandering, the hidden costs associated with the Liberal's cap-and-trade legislation, and a health update regarding Mr. Yakabuski.

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June 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Thoughts on Premier Kathleen Wynne's new bloated cabinet, a quick comment on our current "construction season" and family related notes.

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May 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Rising hydro rates due to the Liberal Government are literally tearing families apart, and countering Minister Glen Murray's outlandish positions on electric cars and natural gas phase-outs.

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April 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: A discussion concerning Bill 100, Supporting Ontario’s Trails Act, 2016.

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March 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: Information about the Liberal budget and the increasing debt it will cause to Ontario.

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February 2016— Monthly Column

Topics: An update on Bill 132, Ontario Power Generation has been given the go ahead to refurbish the Darlington and Pickering reactors, a discussion concerning the upcoming Whitby-Oshawa by-election, and a eulogy for McGregor 'Mac' Scobie.

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2015 Monthly Columns


December 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: The Auditor General's Report is an indictment of how the Liberals have managed the affairs of the province; the Bruce Power agreement with Ontario will ensure a stable supply of emissions-free power for 60 years; a new member has joined the Yakabuski family and a Christmas blessing.

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November 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: The Liberal government's staggering ~7 million dollar teacher union payout, the true cost of selling Hydro One, and remembering our veterans; Lest We Forget.

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October 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Reflecting on the September 22nd tragedy and a personal talk about family.

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September 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: A victorious Conservative by-election sent a clear message to the Liberals, and Mr. Yakabuski discusses Ontario's energy woes caused by Liberal policies.

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August 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Federal elections, Hydro One woes and a quick word on this "construction season".

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May 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Schedule Nine of the 2015-16 Budget: Dealing with the sale of Hydro One

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March 2015— Monthly Column

Topics: Thoughts and information about the Kathleen Wynne political scandal, the privatization of Hydro One and the Liberals' hunger for cash, and improving Renfrew County's highways.

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2014 Monthly Columns


December 2014— Monthly Column

Topics: Discussing the matters raised by the Auditor General's report, including the very important issue of what you pay for electricity.

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November 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: Natural Resources and Forestry Minister, Bill Mauro has "...no intention of ending logging in Algonquin Park." Also, more bad news about the ongoing Liberal 1.1 billion dollar gas plant scandal, and a Remembrance Day discussion.

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October 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: John reflects on the election of June 12th and it's aftermath, and stands up for sustainable commercial logging in Algonquin Park.

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April 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: Memories of Jim Flaherty

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March 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: Hydro costs and concerns, also; Why is the Liberal Ontario Government delaying the budget?

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February 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: By-election results discussion and Hydro One concerns.

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January 2014— Monthly Column

Topic: 2014 "Election Fever", Kathleen Wynne's actions backfire, and a small update on Ontario's hydro issue.

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2013 Monthly Columns


December 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Liberal tax hikes, a critique of the Long-term Energy Plan and GTA transit funding, and a Christmas message.

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November 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: The energy policy of the McGuinty-Wynne liberals and rising hydro bills.     

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October 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Milestones of October: 10 Years in Provincial Parliament and the 50th Anniversary of Paul Yakabuski's election to the Ontario Legislature

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September 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Discussion about Ontario's electricity policy

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August 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Discussion on the Amendment to the Algonquin Provincial Management Plan

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May 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Ontario budget for 2013/14

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April 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: The Governor General's visit, 2013/2014 budget discussions and the gas plant cancellations.

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March 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: The Gas Tax Fairness for All Bill

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January 2013— Monthly Column

Topic: Discussing the AIP

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2012 Monthly Columns


December 18 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: Countering Liberal Policies and a discussion on schools

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November 1 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: McGuinty's departure and Remembrance Day

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October 3 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: The breach of privilege against the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley

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September 3 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: Farm relief, fighting the deficit and proposed electoral map changes.

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June 3 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: The ORNGE scandal and the McGuinty Government's failures.

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April 29 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: Ontario's Budget and the local Gas Tax bill

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March 16 2012— Monthly Column

Topic: On Taxes and Over-spending.

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2011 Monthly Columns


November 2011— Monthly Column

Topic: Ontario's Fiscal Situation

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October 2011— Monthly Column

Topic: Thanks and Remembrance.

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February 2011— Monthly Column

Topic: Hydro rate hikes.

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2010 Monthly Columns


December 13, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: Thoughts on Christmas

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October 29, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: On Elections and Rememberance Day

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October 4, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: Thanksgiving Message

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August, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: Reflections on Summer and Taxes

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July, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: Ecotax

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June, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: Message from Queen's Park...

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February, 2010— Monthly Column

Topic: The need for small and medium-size business support in Ontario...

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January 2010 — Monthly Column

Topic: Provincial consultations on endangered species, upcoming by-elections, New Years levy, and more...

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2009 Monthly Columns


December 2009 — Message from Queen's Park

Topic: Monthly Column - Final Thoughts on the Year 2009

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November 16, 2009 — Column

Topic: Message from Queen's Park.

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September / October 2009 — Monthly Column

Topic: Message from Queen's Park

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June, 2009 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Message from Queen's Park.

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March, 2009 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Message from Queen's Park...

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February, 2009 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Message from Queen's Park...

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January, 2009 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Message from Queen's Park...

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2008 Monthly Columns


December, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Message from Queen's Park...
 
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October, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  The announced closure of the Smurfit Stone pulp wood mill at Portage-du-Fort will have more negative effect on the forestry operations ...

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September, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Monday, September 22nd signaled the reconvening of the Provincial Legislature, but something was missing...

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August, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  On August 24th the Association of Municipalities of Ontario begins its annual four day conference...

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July, 2008  — Monthly Column

Topic:  The Legislature has recessed for the summer...

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May, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Highway Improvement Projects, Hike for Hospice, fuel prices...
 
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April, 2008  — Monthly Column

Topic:  Maple syrup, extension of Highway 417, gas tax revenue...

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March, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Government is waiting to present its budget on March 25th...

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February, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  The funding of religious based schools in Ontario...

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January, 2008 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Family Day, expansion of Highway 417, recent shootings in Toronto...

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2007 Monthly Columns


November, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  The return of my monthly column following the election of October 10th...

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June, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Election set for October 10th, legislature rising...

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May 25, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Partial victory on the slush fund scandal, Bill 184, local forestry..

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April 25, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  McGuinty government and two potential scandals

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March 14, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Last session before October 10th election, spending money, health care, roads and rural issues

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January 15, 2007 — Monthly Column

Topic:  Weather, winter, dollar, successful, health, flu, India, Pakistan, long term care homes

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