Several news outlets today reporting that Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren has been kicked out of the PC caucus for remarks made about Franco-Ontarians during the 2012 election campaign. MacLaren’s riding includes Stittsville.
BREAKING: CFRA has learned MPP Jack MacLaren has been removed from Tory caucus, over alleged comments about Franco-Ontarians in 2012 video
Jennifer Smith (left) and Jenny Guth along with other parents in the community have started a new petition calling for a public high school for Stittsville.
A provincial politician has promised parents that she’ll present a petition to Queen’s Park this week for a new public high school.
Barrhaven MPP Lisa MacLeod met with parents on Friday, and told them that she would raise the issue at Question Period at Queen’s Park. She says she wants a petition with at least two pages of signatures that she can bring with her to demonstrate support from the community. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: Jennifer Smith (left) and Jenny Guth stand on one of the possible sites for the new school, at the south west corner of Robert Grant and Cope. The two parents have been active organizers in the push for a public high school.)
Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack Maclaren spoke at a fundraiser in his honour last night. He talked about his recent sensitivity training and confirmed that he’s planning to run in again in the next provincial election. CBC Radio’s Adam Foote was there and tweeted about what happened… Continue reading →
A public high school for Stittsville has finally hit #1 on the public school board’s priority list.
At tonight’s Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) meeting, parents, trustees, the local councillor and even a representative from Jack Maclaren’s office were all singing from the same songbook. Now we’ll see if the Ministry of Education joins in. Continue reading →
“Stittsville and Kanata are the two main centres in MacLaren’s riding, and he has let them both down. One of the biggest issues in Stittsville is the lack of a public high school. Although the western suburb is now the size of a small city, its students are bused to the village of Richmond. MacLaren did present a parents’ petition to the legislature, but then undercut it by saying he wasn’t enthused about the issue.
The expansion of Waste Management’s landfill on Carp Road is an issue for people in Stittsville, but MacLaren backed the bigger landfill. It’s a point of view that can be supported, but probably not if you are the representative of the people affected.”
“[Ontario PC leader Patrick] Brown first condemned MacLaren’s treatment of McCrimmon. Then he stripped MacLaren of his ceremonial position as chair of the Progressive Conservative party’s Eastern Ontario caucus. Then on Monday morning, he announced he’ll “reassign” MacLaren’s jobs as natural-resources critic and vice-chair of a legislature committee, and send him for “sensitivity training.” He’ll remain an MPP and a member of the party, but he’ll stay away from the legislature to focus on his constituency.”
MacLaren said Thursday that he doesn’t oppose a new school but perhaps “wasn’t as enthused” about the idea as they would have liked him to be.
“My kids went 10 or 11 miles to school. They’re talking about six miles,” said MacLaren. “I didn’t think my kids went through any great hardship. There was nothing we could do about the distance. They have six miles and they just think that’s absolutely unbearable. I guess I grew up in a community where we didn’t feel that way.”