Month: September 2017

Government Fails to Spend 20% of their Promised Infrastructure Budget

The 2016-2017 public accounts documents show that the Government of Ontario failed to spend nearly $3.3 billion or 20% of the infrastructure budget they had promised to Ontarians. I asked the Minister of Infrastructure about this significant underspend, and to provide the list of infrastructure projects that the government had promised but had been delayed …

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Jones: Asks the Minister of Environment to Release Number of Sewage Bypasses in 2017

(Queen’s Park) – Today, Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon asked the Minister of Environment to release how many sewage bypasses have occurred so far in 2017. “This summer we witnessed historic rainfalls across Ontario. Many communities experienced flooding and often municipal sewer systems were overwhelmed,” Jones said      “In 2016 municipalities were forced to bypass more than …

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Jones: $3 Billion of Infrastructure Spending was Left on the Table

(Queen’s Park) – Today, Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon asks the Minister of Infrastructure why he failed to spend nearly $3.3 billion of the infrastructure budget in 2016-2017. “According to Public Accounts documents, the government failed to invest nearly 20% of promised infrastructure spending,” Jones said. “Ontarians expect the government to deliver on their promises, but …

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Weekly Column: An Organic Standard Will Ensure Consumer and Producer Confidence in Organic Food and Products

Earlier this month, I co-sponsored legislation with NDP MPP Peter Tabuns to create an organic standard in Ontario. The legislation titled, Bill 153: the Organic Products Act will ensure that consumer confidence in organic products in Ontario remains high. The federal government adopted the Canada Organic Standard in 2009 for products labeled organic with Canada …

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Jones: Co-Sponsors Legislation to Certify Organic Products within Ontario

(Queen’s Park) – Today Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon co-sponsored with NDP MPP for Toronto Danforth, Peter Tabuns: the Organic Products Act, 2017. “Today, I will be co-sponsoring a Private Members Bill with MPP Tabuns that would ensure confidence in organic labeling across Ontario,” said Jones. “Many of you will be families with the federal organic …

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Weekly Column – Ontario’s Budget Watchdog Casts Doubt on Government’s Debt Claims

On September 6th the independent Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) released a report raising concerns with the Government’s budget claims, saying that the government’s projections are based on optimistic assumptions. The report can be found at www.fao-on.org/en/. The reality, according to the FAO is that that the debt-to-GDP ratio will rise to 40.3 per cent with …

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