Opinion Editorial

Row houses in London, Ontario. (CRAIG GLOVER, The London Free Press)

Adding taxes won't solve housing crisis

Politicians think the answer to everything is a tax. That's why they're talking about imposing everything from a foreign buyers' tax, to a speculators' tax, to a tax on vacant real estate to "solve" Toronto's housing crisis.

Property deal likely good for the city

It's taken seven years and more than one false start, but the city has finally consummated a deal to sell the former David H. Church Public School property at the corner of James and East streets.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is pictured during a tour of the 3M plant in London, Ont., on April 5, 2017. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network)

Sunny ways turn to secrecy and control

Justin Trudeau gave voters the impression he was turning a page on what he portrayed as the dark and secretive ways of the former Conservative government. Sunny ways was all the rage. But Prime Minister Trudeau has not delivered.

What's in a name?

After many citizens rained on their parade last year after floating the name Foundry Park as the moniker for the city's new recreation centre property, city council opted to seek public input into what name the new facility will be known by when it opens next year.

Too little, too late

On Monday night, Coun. Tim Lauer made a valiant attempt to ensure the city protects and celebrates its history. With that thesis underpinning his argument, he made an impassioned plea to his council colleagues to take a deep breath and put the brakes on potential sales of two historic city-owned structures: The former CN train station at 150 Front

Give the gift of life

Almost 90 per cent of Canadians polled say they support organ donation, but less than 20 per cent have actually done something about it. That, in part, is why today in Ontario more than 1,500 people, whose only treatment option is a life-saving organ transplant, are waiting, dying for help. Literally.

Dark past, bright future

In the fall of 2004, the provincial government announced that the Huronia Regional Centre would close its doors. It was officially and finally shuttered on March 31, 2009. Since then, the former institution for developmentally disabled people has sat idle. The stately buildings that, at the facility's peak, were home to almost 3,000 people, have st

New policy will favour local artists

During the public consultation that preceded the construction of the city's new public library a few years ago, many citizens expressed a desire that the new landmark include some form of public art.

Forward-thinking developers wanted

On Monday night, city council committee gave the green light to dispose of Central School through a request for proposal (RFP) process. Once council gives the plan an official endorsement at its next meeting, it will clear the path for the sale of one of Orillia's most stately buildings.

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