Category: Columns

The implications of AI in the workplace and our lives

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Last week, I wrote about my committee work scrutinizing Bill 149, the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023. As I wrote, there was much to unpack from the legislation; therefore, I touched on the highlights, minus one crucial topic. Schedule 2 of the bill I felt deserved a column of its own

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Will Working for Workers Four work?

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady I was back at the Pink Palace last week as a member of the Social Policy Committee. The bill under scrutiny was Bill 149 – the Working for Workers Four Act. The bill introduces several changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) and other employment-related legislation.  As evident in the title, this is

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Serious MTO woes need immediate attention

By Bobbi Ann Brady As I get older, my appreciation for adages like “Those were the days” and “It didn’t used to be that way” grow stronger. No where is this truer than my experience over the past 23-plus years dealing with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Transportation was once considered a sleeper ministry, one

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The tangled web of contradictions:  international students

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady The subjects of immigration and international students have been delicate issues for quite some time. I’ve been talking about it since the election.  Some people don’t like it, but we are at a crossroads where the discussion is vital. Therefore, I’m heartened to see over the past few weeks, these subjects have

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Keeping it real at ROMA

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Last week, I had the pleasure of joining my municipal partners in Toronto at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference (ROMA). The ROMA conference is a good opportunity for municipal politicians to meet with provincial government political leaders and key bureaucrats to discuss the issues and challenges facing their municipalities. 

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My carbon tax petition inspired by butter and Saskatchewan

By Bobbi Ann Brady MPP As I was grocery shopping the other day, I noticed a sign, Everyday Essentials, above a refrigerator case of butter, which was selling for $8.99 a pound. Who is paying this price?  The word “essential” stuck in my craw, and I had a great discussion with my kids around the supper

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So begins the countdown to New Year’s Day 2026

By Bobbi Ann Brady With the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season behind us and hopefully any hangovers as well, I found it interesting that the Ontario government announced mid-December that effective New Year’s Day 2026, folks will be able to buy beer, wine, cider, coolers, seltzers, and other low-alcohol ready-to-drink beverages at all participating

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Keeping Haldimand-Norfolk front and centre in 2023: Part 2

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Building on my previous column outlining the first six months of 2023, this column covers the second part of the year.   As much as I want to always be in the riding listening to you, I must also take your concerns to Toronto to voice them at the Ontario

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Keeping Haldimand-Norfolk front and centre in 2023: Part 1

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady The Ontario Legislature rose a week earlier than expected for Christmas, but as your lone truly Independent member of provincial parliament, it sure didn’t stop me from an action-packed 2023 at Queen’s Park and in Haldimand-Norfolk.   Any MPP’s riding is where the real work lies, and that’s where you find

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Make this Christmas one of magic and memories

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady “At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year” – a phrase coined by 16th-century English poet and farmer Thomas Tusser. While we pace our shopping based on our paycheques and the status of our bank accounts, we are all financially thankful Christmas comes, but

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