Erich Jacoby-Hawkins


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Last chance to sign up for solar program

You may have seen a headline about a recent “study” claiming Ontario’s green-energy plan cost the province almost 75,000 manufacturing jobs, almost twice as many as it created.


Major hurricanes also affecting local crops

Lately, weather-watchers have avidly focused on the series of major hurricanes sweeping across the Caribbean and towards North America, but there have been some other effects from this year’s unusual weather besides catastrophic storms.

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Have your voice heard: ROOT ISSUES

A key deadline for public participation has been pushed back to this Friday, meaning you, as a citizen or concerned organization, can still provide feedback and comment to the federal government.


Single approach to solving problems

When I first became politically aware, I noticed many pressing social problems: income inequality, housing shortages, urban sprawl, resource depletion, toxins in our air and water, and looming over it all, climate change due to burning fossil fuels.

Mike Schreiner, the leader of the provincial Green Party.

Electrifying ideas on how to make progress

Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner recently toured the region to meet local citizens at two events where the main topic of discussion was Ontario’s electricity system and the bills we pay for it.

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Game of Shells means moving costs around

Last week’s column on the NDP’s electricity price reduction plan was no sooner in the hopper than the Liberals released their own plan to lower your power bill.

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath addresses an audience at a United Steelworkers conference in Greater Sudbury in this file photo. JOHN LAPPA/THE SUDBURY STAR/QMI AGENCY

NDP plan a non-starter: ROOT ISSUES

Ontario New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath’s just-released plan to reduce electricity costs has put the way we generate, distribute, and pay for electricity back on the front page.

Maryam Monsef speaks during Question Period recently in the House of Commons in Ottawa. ADRIAN WYLD/CANADIAN PRESS

Minister Against Democratic Reform, the sequel

Years ago, I wrote a series of Minister Against Portfolio columns, because while a cabinet minister is theoretically appointed to champion a particular area of society, it seemed that under the anti-government Harper administration, many cabinet members were hostile to the mandate of their own ministry, whether it was environment, finance, agricult

Manuel, Rastin to be honoured: ROOT ISSUES

A year ago last spring, just before cycling season, I was sidelined by a bout of vestibular neuritis, a nasty inner-ear ailment robbing me of my sense of balance.

Right-wing reaction to carbon pricing a head shaker

After last week’s discussion of electricity supply, which, letters to the editor show, some still can’t understand, the next big announcement on energy and environment was the federal declaration of a national carbon price, starting at $10 per tonne in 2018 and rising $10 per year to $50 in 2022.