Author: Joseph Volpe

English Last Minute Opinion

Nursing homes scandal: unpunished violations

TORONTO – The initial shock soon was replaced by anger. The photograph of Long Term Care Homes that emerges from a CBC News investigation is shocking. Not only are anti-contagion security protocols broken in these facilities while the Covid-19 pandemic is underway, but LTCs found red-handed are not punished for their behaviour. As they say in Italian, after the pulling of ears”, everything ends up in “tarallucci and wine”. It’s a fact. Inspections of Ontario’s Long Term Care Homes almost never have consequences. Homes are asked to solve the problem, but even if an inspector returns and finds the same problem, there are no fines or penalties. In very rare cases, houses are forbidden to accept new residents. (more…)

Community English Last Minute

Yonge Street massacre, Alek Minassian guilty of all 26 charge:
10 counts for voluntary homicide, 16 for attempted murder

TORONTO – Guilty of 10 counts of voluntary manslaughter and 16 counts of attempted murder. This trial ended with the verdict of Alek Minassian responsible for the Yonge street attack in 2018 when he hit passers-by on Toronto’s busiest street in a van. (more…)

Education Matters English

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions”

TORONTO – In the schools I attended, this maxim was often repeated by teachers to drive home the point that we should think before we act, if for no other reason than to limit unforeseen consequences. In the political arena where I engaged to discharge my civic obligations, there were “minefields galore”. (more…)

Community English Opinion

“Ding dong the witch is dead”, Villa Charities in chaos

TORONTO – Not since the collapse of the ill-conceived, ill-fated massive condominium redevelopment project for the Columbus Centre, in 2018, has the Corriere Canadese been deluged with so many emails and expressions of joy and delights of “ding-dong the witch is dead”. TORONTO – Not since the collapse of the ill-conceived, ill-fated massive condominium redevelopment project for the Columbus Centre, in 2018, has the Corriere Canadese been deluged with so many emails and expressions of joy and delights of “ding-dong the witch is dead”. It was a bitter-sweet reaction of relief then as it is a hollow effusion of victory today. Even if Anthony Di Caita is indeed gone. (more…)

Education Matters English

Catholic Schools can [finally] take a victory lap

TORONTO – February 25, 2021. Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada (SOC) decision re the Theodore school question in Saskatchewan offers an insight into constitutionally guaranteed denominational rights and the primacy of the Constitution over subordinate (inferior) legislation.

Lawyers will rush to “differentiate” the issues under consideration and the consequential implications. It is what they are trained to do – much like critics who “parse” sentences and literary works. (more…)

Education Matters Italian

Le scuole cattoliche possono fare il giro della vittoria

TORONTO – 25 febbraio 2021. La decisione della Corte Suprema del Canada (SOC) di giovedì sulla questione Theodore school nel Saskatchewan offre una panoramica dei diritti confessionali costituzionalmente garantiti e del primato della Costituzione sulla legislazione subordinata (inferiore).

Gli avvocati si affretteranno a “differenziare” le questioni in esame e le conseguenti implicazioni. È quello che sono addestrati a fare, proprio come i critici che “analizzano” frasi e opere letterarie. Sarebbe “un dato di fatto”; ci sono questioni ristrette e implicazioni più ampie in questione. Il SOC le avrebbe soppesate, prima di decidere di NON ascoltare un appello della provincia contro una precedente decisione della Corte d’appello del Saskatchewan (SCA) in materia di scuole cattoliche a Theodore (popolazione 323).
La SCA aveva ribaltato una decisione della Corte di grado inferiore nel 2017 che aveva deciso contro la Theodore Roman Catholic School Division (TRCSD).

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Opinion Portuguese

Intolerância, racismo e “heterofobia” na Camara Municipal

Hon. Joe Volpe – Fev.18, 2021 – Translation by Carlos Lima

No fim, do ponto de vista pessoal, fica-se apenas com o seu bom nome: uma reputação. Do ponto de vista empresarial, fica um legado, em relação ao qual o público pode medir o seu valor de acordo com os padrões sociais. Ambos são construídos gradualmente, com suor e lágrimas.

O caminho nem sempre é suave.

O Corriere Canadese, de uma forma ou de outra, serve a comunidade Ítalo-Canadiana desde 1954. O seu propósito, do meu ponto de vista, foi sempre o de integrar os valores estruturais dos imigrantes naqueles recém chegados e que as suas famílias foram criando ao longo da sua interação com outros diferentes grupos de imigrantes. (more…)

Education Matters English

Catholic Schools can [finally] take a victory lap

February 25, 2021. Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada (SOC) decision re the Theodore school question in Saskatchewan offers an insight into constitutionally guaranteed denominational rights and the primacy of the Constitution over subordinate (inferior) legislation. (more…)

English Opinion

Gender identification health and welfare

TORONTO – Pity the children. Sympathize with their parents, I thought, as I listened to the audio of the meeting of the trustees at the TCDSB, Thursday, February 18. A contractor, commissioned to report on the state of ventilation systems in several of the Boards schools, was being scolded for not immediately knowing what the municipal building code said about a particular type of window opening permitted.
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