Lawsuit alleges doctors and former director of downtown Brampton medical clinic misused more than $2M 

Lawsuit alleges doctors and former director of downtown Brampton medical clinic misused more than $2M 

The board of directors of The Wise Elephant Family Health Team is alleging that former directors and physicians in the organization, including Dr. Sanjeev Goel, misappropriated over $2 million in taxpayers’ money meant for patient care. The claims come after another lawsuit filed by a doctor in the team alleged Goel and his wife, who are singled out in the latest legal action, used public funds for expensive personal vacations, among other inappropriate expenses.



Iannicca acted unethically but watchdog clears him; Mississauga probably won’t

Iannicca acted unethically but watchdog clears him; Mississauga probably won’t

The integrity commissioner investigation into the conduct of Peel Region Chair Nando Iannicca has cleared him of wrongdoing despite behaving unethically in his dealings to keep the region intact. But Mississauga members now have their sights squarely on the back of the man who betrayed their trust.



With new hospital years away, $20 million funded by Brampton taxpayers sits on a shelf 

With new hospital years away, $20 million funded by Brampton taxpayers sits on a shelf 

Community advocates are speaking out after William Osler Health System revealed that the Phase II expansion of Peel Memorial won’t become a reality for another 5 to 8 years. 

The delay is not only detrimental to Brampton’s overcrowded and burdened healthcare system, but will also devalue $20 million levied from Brampton taxpayers to help fund the project. 



Councillors in support of new developer-fuelled highway, while endangered species don’t stand a chance

Councillors in support of new developer-fuelled highway, while endangered species don’t stand a chance

The GTA West Highway, a planned corridor through Peel that will bisect the Greenbelt, border the Oak Ridges Moraine and cut across other sensitive habitats, while propelling urban sprawl and more vehicle use, is moving ahead with the support of Peel councillors who also claim to support the environment. 

Critics call it outdated transit planning, with runway-sized swaths of pavement and accompanying housing subdivisions that will destroy and fragment habitats for a number of the province’s most vulnerable species at a time when the planet is facing record loss of biodiversity.



Black market for cannabis continues to flourish in Peel

Black market for cannabis continues to flourish in Peel

The province has doled out nearly $1 million to the Region of Peel to help in its efforts following the legalization of cannabis. However, that money has yet to flow from regional coffers to the departments that need it. 

Peel Regional Police have incurred over $1.4 million in costs tied to legal cannabis, and the continued fight to shut down the black market, but have yet to see any money from the region.



The day Mississauga and its iconic matriarch made headlines across the world

The day Mississauga and its iconic matriarch made headlines across the world

Tomorrow marks 40 years since the Mississauga train derailment. Celebrating an event that could have turned into a disaster is tricky business. For this community, though, it was a moment when people, and the city itself, finally came together following its formation five years earlier. For Hazel McCallion, it was the first time the world saw what this formidable female leader was all about.



Mississauga’s continued push for foreign investment to help define itself comes as Brampton and other cities do the same

Mississauga’s continued push for foreign investment to help define itself comes as Brampton and other cities do the same

At the end of October councillors agreed to continue Mississauga’s $225,000 per year membership of Toronto Global, a foreign direct investment group for the GTA. Over the past three years the agreement has brought some attention to the city, though 85 percent of all investments it secures land in the City of Toronto. With cities across the GTA, including Brampton, vying to attract foreign companies, how can Mississauga stand apart?



Province stepping in to deal with allegations of systemic ‘anti-Black racism’ within Peel District School Board

Province stepping in to deal with allegations of systemic ‘anti-Black racism’ within Peel District School Board

After at least five trustees in the country’s third largest school board refused to attend a meeting next week where Black community members planned to raise a growing number of race-based concerns, the provincial education ministry announced Thursday that it will intervene, as relationships within the school board, which serves a predominantly non-white student body, have broken down. Trustee Kathy McDonald says the situation is deeply disturbing. 



Double murder of young children is the latest sign Peel’s violent trend is continuing

Double murder of young children is the latest sign Peel’s violent trend is continuing

Two young boys are the 24th and 25th homicide victims in Brampton and Mississauga in 2019. After their bodies were found inside a Brampton home late Wednesday night, the father of the two children is now charged with their deaths. 

It’s the latest in a long string of tragedies that have shaken the two cities since the start of 2019, and is a continuation of a rise in violent crime observed across the region last year. 



Ford government drastically under-funding new dental program in Peel, could put burden on local taxpayers

Ford government drastically under-funding new dental program in Peel, could put burden on local taxpayers

The province of Ontario predicts that around 7,000 seniors will take part in its new Ontario Low Income Seniors Dental Program set to launch this fall. The Region of Peel disagrees, stating the number is more than double that, and that’s being generous. 

In order to prepare for the influx of seniors seeking help with dental care, Peel is seeking almost $6 million from the province in order to drastically expand services to meet the looming demand. 



Mississauga tables plan to push for exit from Peel Region, channels Gulliver’s Travels

Mississauga tables plan to push for exit from Peel Region, channels Gulliver’s Travels

Mississauga isn’t giving up on its bid for independence after the province’s regional review opted to leave the Region of Peel intact. Led by Councillors Carolyn Parrish and Pat Saito, the city is demanding enhanced regional power.

In order to achieve this, council on Wednesday unanimously passed a motion to conduct various staff-led reviews to exercise more of the city's authority at the region, while the idea of applying to be a “charter city” was also floated. 



Brampton MPP Amarjot Sandhu’s illegal basement units reveal city’s ongoing battle

Brampton MPP Amarjot Sandhu’s illegal basement units reveal city’s ongoing battle

In the summer of 2018, while campaigning to become the Brampton West PC MPP, Amarjot Sandhu was charged with operating a pair of illegal secondary units in the basement of two homes he owns in the city.

Despite claiming he acted immediately to register these two units, it’s clear from the city’s enforcement notes, and documents obtained by The Pointer through the Freedom of Information Act that his efforts were not so diligent. He was eventually charged with four counts under the planning act.

The case highlights the increasing efforts in Brampton's ongoing fight to deal with thousands of illegal units across the city. 



Many to blame for Brampton’s healthcare crisis, but it’s time for leaders to lead

Many to blame for Brampton’s healthcare crisis, but it’s time for leaders to lead

A local educator will begin a five-day hunger strike at Queen’s Park Monday morning. A local citizen’s group has sent a scathing email to public figures working in the heart of Brampton’s hospital system. Families in the city question why they’ve been forgotten by the provincial government for almost two decades.

While the local healthcare crisis can be blamed on many, it’s time to demand nothing less than an immediate cure for this sickness.



Documents show decades of Police neglect in Malton, now they’re in danger of ignoring it again

Documents show decades of Police neglect in Malton, now they’re in danger of ignoring it again

Malton has been at the heart of Mississauga’s debate around guns and gangs, particularly since the tragic shooting of a 17-year-old bystander in September. The gang-style attack that saw more than a 130 bullets fired and left five others wounded highlighted the need for a better police presence, especially since a nearby community station was shut down in 2018. However, documents obtained by The Pointer show that the neglect of Malton is far worse, stretching back almost 25 years.



‘The People of Brampton are seeing their community punished by this government’

‘The People of Brampton are seeing their community punished by this government’

Those were Andrea Horwath’s words inside Queen’s Park Monday. For the second time in just over a year, the provincial NDP tried to get a third hospital approved for Brampton, forcing a vote in the legislature. The Progressive Conservative government once again voted it down, accusing the NDP of playing “partisan games” and bringing forward a motion that is only “criticizing” the ongoing work to mitigate the hallway healthcare crisis instead of suggesting solutions. 



5G in Peel: an opportunity to build the cities of tomorrow or a health threat? 

5G in Peel: an opportunity to build the cities of tomorrow or a health threat? 

As Canada moves closer to the introduction of 5G technology, regions and cities are grappling with its potential impact. The capacity and speeds this new technology offers could propel a smart city revolution, solving traffic problems and improving healthcare outcomes among many other possibilities. However, some campaigners – including one who spoke to the Region of Peel last week – fear health impacts from this new telecom platform, though Health Canada disagrees. 



Home ownership slipping further out of reach for first-time buyers in Mississauga, Brampton 

Home ownership slipping further out of reach for first-time buyers in Mississauga, Brampton 

New statistics show that home ownership in two of Ontario’s biggest cities is growing increasingly unaffordable, even for those earning incomes that place them firmly in the middle class. 

Estimates show that it could take decades for median-income earners to save up enough for a down payment, and a lack of affordable housing investment in Brampton and Mississauga could impact the future of these two large cities as potential investors and job hunters flee to more affordable places.



Brampton lays out priority list for feds & province, city needs hundreds of millions for transit & community projects

Brampton lays out priority list for feds & province, city needs hundreds of millions for transit & community projects

A common response from Brampton’s MPs to the question of why the city continues to receive very little in the way of investment from Ottawa is that the city doesn’t put forward the proper applications. 

That’s about to change as council has laid out its priority list, with a price tag in the hundreds of millions of dollars.



NDP will again force a vote on new hospital; calls on city’s PC MPPs to show up this time

NDP will again force a vote on new hospital; calls on city’s PC MPPs to show up this time

Recently released data detailing the staggering extent of overcrowding in Brampton’s healthcare centres has led the provincial NDP to once again lobby for much needed funding in the city. 

As part of a motion to be put forward Monday, the Official Opposition party is calling for funds to be set aside for Peel Memorial’s expansion and for a third hospital in Brampton, while challenging the city’s two PC MPPs to show up for the vote, unlike last year when they absented themselves during a similar motion.



Parrish and Crombie say Mississauga’s independence movement is not over

Parrish and Crombie say Mississauga’s independence movement is not over

After Friday’s announcement by the province that its review of regional government was over and that no changes would be made, many across Mississauga hoping for the city’s independence were deflated.

But the mayor and one of the most experienced councillors say the decision does not mean the end of the city’s push for its freedom from Peel Region. They are vowing to secure Mississauga’s independence, with or without efforts by the province.



Associate director of Peel District School Board files damning discrimination-based human rights complaint against director and the board

Associate director of Peel District School Board files damning discrimination-based human rights complaint against director and the board

An Ontario human rights complaint filed by a woman who is one spot removed from the highest position in the entire Peel District School Board, includes disturbing allegations that, if true, paint a damning portrait of one of the country's most diverse school boards.

Associate Director Poleen Grewal alleges that Director Peter Joshua and the board have undermined her role as the head of equity and diversity. She alleges discrimination against her and retaliation for raising concerns over alleged systemic problems surrounding race.



New data shows Brampton’s healthcare system way over capacity; Osler says do not expect a new hospital soon

New data shows Brampton’s healthcare system way over capacity; Osler says do not expect a new hospital soon

On Tuesday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released information her party obtained that shows the extent of the city’s healthcare crisis, with both hospitals operating far beyond capacity. Meanwhile, the Osler health network tells The Pointer there are no plans for a new hospital and the long-anticipated expansion of Peel Memorial won’t happen for years. It remains unclear why Osler failed to submit its phase-two plans when the province had expected them. 



Gang-style violence continues to shake Peel as police wait for funding streams to start flowing

Gang-style violence continues to shake Peel as police wait for funding streams to start flowing

Two homicides hours apart last week were the latest in a deadly year across the region, as the grisly crimes haunt residents demanding help with public safety. Peel police have expressed uncertainty about how and when funding sources from senior governments can be accessed, to help address the wave of violent crime ripping through parts of Mississauga and Brampton. 



Peel police want $23 million more in 2020, marking a 69% budget increase in a decade; Is throwing money at crime working?

Peel police want $23 million more in 2020, marking a 69% budget increase in a decade; Is throwing money at crime working?

With homicides, bank robberies and other violent crime in Peel dominating local headlines, it will be tough for Peel Region Council to say no to the police force’s ask in its 2020 budget proposal.

But critics have questioned how the force is spending its money, with stiff budget increases that have helped salaries skyrocket, while innovative approaches to fighting crime seem lacking. The new chief, meanwhile, already seems to be making his mark, with more civilian hires that could be the crime-fighting key, instead of just putting more officers in cars.



Members of the Chinese-Canadian and African-Canadian communities say Conservatives are losing ground with key voting blocs

Members of the Chinese-Canadian and African-Canadian communities say Conservatives are losing ground with key voting blocs

After Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party won almost every riding in the Greater Toronto Area, New Canadian Media reached out to members of various immigrant communities across the GTA to find out what motivated voters at the ballot box. In the second of this two-part series, members of the African-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian communities talked about the trends and mood that influenced them.

 



Déjà vu as Peel councillors support climate emergency and new highway in the same meeting 

Déjà vu as Peel councillors support climate emergency and new highway in the same meeting 

Councillors at the Region of Peel, following Brampton City Council’s lead, made contradicting moves at a meeting on Thursday which focused on climate change, but also pushed the creation of a new highway that environmental groups are trying to stop. Urgency was demanded to move forward with the GTA West Corridor, particularly from Caledon councillors.



In the 905 and across the GTA, immigrant voters remain a key to Liberal success

In the 905 and across the GTA, immigrant voters remain a key to Liberal success

For the second consecutive federal election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won every riding in Mississauga and Brampton in a near-sweep of the 905. New Canadian Media reached out to members of various communities across the GTA to find out why the Liberals won their vote. This article, looking at the Punjabi-Canadian and Latino-Canadian vote, is the first in a two-part series exploring the question of why the GTA went red.



Don’t believe anything Doug Ford says about the decision to leave Peel intact

Don’t believe anything Doug Ford says about the decision to leave Peel intact

The premier clearly wanted to shake things up at the regional level and had Hazel McCallion whispering in his ear to secure her city’s independence. But between then and now, the only reason Ford flip-flopped, as he’s done on a growing list of files, is because his approval rating has him one step from the political grave, with his party, both in Queen’s Park and the senior version in Ottawa, signalling they’ve had enough of the Ontario dictator. In the end, Mississauga suffered a major blow, because they bet on a man who can’t deliver on much anymore.



Youth gang activity prompts region to fund community hubs in Malton and Brampton

Youth gang activity prompts region to fund community hubs in Malton and Brampton

With the rise in violent crime, Region of Peel council, on the urging of Carolyn Parrish, has pencilled $12 million into its draft 2020 budget to fund a community hub in Malton as well as further proposals in Brampton. The funding, which could help to establish centres to engage, socialize and provide outlets for disaffected youth, offers an upstream measure for the region to tackle rising violent gang crime. With council on board in principle, plans are developing to lobby federal and provincial partners to bring more funding to the increasingly ambitious project.



UPDATED: Ford won’t give Mississauga its divorce; Peel Region to remain unchanged following regional government review

UPDATED: Ford won’t give Mississauga its divorce; Peel Region to remain unchanged following regional government review

Brampton is elated. Mississauga is angry. The Doug Ford PC government announced Friday morning that Peel Region and other regional governments across the province will stay intact and continue the way they have been operating for decades. The news is a shock to many in Mississauga who had hoped desperately that Queen’s Park’s review would give the country’s sixth largest city the fully independent status it has sought for decades.



With the Hurontario LRT set to break ground, Brampton looking to cash in on election IOUs

With the Hurontario LRT set to break ground, Brampton looking to cash in on election IOUs

The City of Brampton is eager to fix the previous council’s blunder that put the city’s transit future in jeopardy. With the federal election over and done with, the city will be asking Brampton’s re-elected Liberal MPs to make good on the promises of assistance they handed out.

However, while councillors have now all agreed that the LRT should run along Main Street, there’s much more to be settled before they can make a concerted push.



Province backs down on class size increase as unions move forward with strike votes

Province backs down on class size increase as unions move forward with strike votes

With his popularity still sinking like a stone, Premier Doug Ford and his PC government have once again walked back plans to increase class sizes across Ontario. The move comes as teachers’ unions across the province seem determined to take drastic action in order to turn around the PC’s planned cuts to the public education system. 



When a ‘toss-up’ becomes a blowout: A look at the accuracy of riding predictions in Peel

When a ‘toss-up’ becomes a blowout: A look at the accuracy of riding predictions in Peel

Media outlets across the country, including The Pointer, cited projections by 338Canada throughout the campaign. The poll aggregation website offered rare predictions for individual ridings by manipulating national numbers. In Mississauga and Brampton, the website correctly predicted the Liberals would come out on top but underestimated their lead — sometimes by a huge margin.



Uninspired by the campaign, lower percentage of Peel voters bother to cast a ballot 

Uninspired by the campaign, lower percentage of Peel voters bother to cast a ballot 

The region is growing, it’s young and it has a large list of priorities that still need Ottawa’s help. Yet voter turnout was down this year compared to the last election in 2015. Some ridings saw more engagement than others, whether that was due to local storylines or seemingly close races. Overall, though, it seems no wedge issue truly divided the population and drove them to the polls.



Hurontario LRT moving ahead, though two years behind schedule

Hurontario LRT moving ahead, though two years behind schedule

Infrastructure Ontario has awarded Mobilinx consortium a $4.6-billion contract to build and operate the Hurontario LRT over the next 30 years. The confirmation is good news for Mississauga but puts extra pressure on the city to secure federal funding for the project’s downtown loop. Shovels will be in the ground as early as spring 2020. As part of the announcement, the Ontario government quietly added that the project would be delivered in 2024, two years later than previously planned.



Ruby Sahota says party of ‘hope and balance’ prevailed in Brampton North

Ruby Sahota says party of ‘hope and balance’ prevailed in Brampton North

The Liberal government left a long list of priorities unaddressed in Brampton through the last term. Nevertheless, Sahota triumphed over Conservative challenger Arpan Khanna by more than 20 percentage points.

Breaking away from an endless parade of photos with supporters, Sahota said she believed the Liberal Party’s record on the economy was enough to convince voters. Moving forward, she said, she hopes to clinch much-needed infrastructure money for her city.



Liberals repeat in all five Brampton ridings

Liberals repeat in all five Brampton ridings

Maninder Sidhu will join four second-term Liberal MPs in Ottawa, after they all won handily on Monday. They will have to get to work immediately for their city, which is in desperate need of federal help to address healthcare, municipal infrastructure funding, affordable housing and public safety, issues that Brampton voters demanded action on throughout the campaign.



Raj Grewal’s demise and a strong push by the NDP can’t keep the Liberals out of Brampton East

Raj Grewal’s demise and a strong push by the NDP can’t keep the Liberals out of Brampton East

Maninder Sidhu will have to pick up the broken pieces left by the riding’s disgraced former MP. The young rookie politician won huge Monday and now he has a huge mandate to fulfill, as voters are clamouring for leadership on immigration files, public safety and healthcare in the rapidly expanding community.



Mississauga and Brampton welcomed the party leaders with open arms, now it’s time for payback

Mississauga and Brampton welcomed the party leaders with open arms, now it’s time for payback

Justin Trudeau’s win in 2015 ushered in a long period of political hegemony in Mississauga and Brampton. But the Liberal juggernaut didn’t pay the kinds of dividends hoped for in these cities. Will voter angst and anger and reprisal replace hope as residents head to the polls on Monday? Will the Liberals pay the price for frittering away a huge hometown advantage?



Some candidates betting on social-media advertisements to nudge their campaign across the line

Some candidates betting on social-media advertisements to nudge their campaign across the line

As the sun rises on election day, the Liberals’ and Conservatives’ main Facebook accounts have spent more than $1 million each nationwide. The number is low to zero for most individual candidates in Mississauga and Brampton, as traditional methods like signs and door knocking are still big. In a few key races, however, candidates feel a couple thousand dollars on targeted adverts may help decide the result.



From workers rights to animal rights, Peel’s lesser known candidates make their pitch

From workers rights to animal rights, Peel’s lesser known candidates make their pitch

While the big three names — the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP — dominate the spotlight, other parties are on the streets playing the ground game as well. The Marxist-Leninist Party, Animal Protection Party and Canada’s Fourth Front are just a few.



What position do Peel candidates have on immigration, legal cannabis and other controversial issues? We don’t know

What position do Peel candidates have on immigration, legal cannabis and other controversial issues? We don’t know

Candidates in Peel have been careful in expressing their personal opinions on topical issues. Asked by The Pointer about potentially controversial wedge topics such as abortion, immigration and the legalization of cannabis, most candidates have kept their personal cards close to the chest, opting instead to share the party position. Though safe, this trend may worry voters, who hope to see their candidates display a unique knowledge and understanding of their riding and the values of local residents. 



For immigrant professionals, ‘survival jobs’ are the norm before their foreign education pays dividends 

For immigrant professionals, ‘survival jobs’ are the norm before their foreign education pays dividends 

Oluseyi Sode, who has a Ph.D., has worked a string of ‘survival jobs’ since his arrival in Canada. He finally landed a sessional instructor position at the University of Guelph, but it has not been a smooth, linear path for the professor. His story of trying to break into the professional labour force as a newcomer, in his respective field, is a fairly typical example of the adversity highly skilled immigrants face. But a little adversity is nothing for the man from Nigeria. 

This is the last of three profiles of immigrants as Canadians head to the polls and our country’s approach to newcomers remains a top of mind issue for many.



The artist as a worker: the struggle of chasing your passion in a new land

The artist as a worker: the struggle of chasing your passion in a new land

Brampton’s Kulwant Singh has faced two challenges since arriving in his second continent: making it; and making it as an artist. The obstacles for newcomers are daunting enough, but trying to pursue his passion for painting, in a world that often views him as alien, has revealed another layer in Canada’s complex society.

This is the second of three profiles of immigrants as Canadians head to the polls and our country’s approach to newcomers remains a top of mind issue for many. 



NDP criticizes Liberal failures in Peel; refutes claim that Jagmeet Singh’s promises are “disingenuous”

NDP criticizes Liberal failures in Peel; refutes claim that Jagmeet Singh’s promises are “disingenuous”

At a campaign rally for the NDP attended by Leader Jagmeet Singh Thursday, Brampton East candidate Saranjit Singh shot back at a Liberal incumbent who accused the leader of creating false hope by promising a new hospital and university in the city. The party leader has also made a sweeping commitment to Mississauga, in hopes of wooing undecided residents ahead of Monday’s big vote.



Jordan Boswell apologizes for 2012 joke at the expense of vulnerable sex workers

Jordan Boswell apologizes for 2012 joke at the expense of vulnerable sex workers

The NDP candidate for Brampton Centre has apologized for an old tweet that has resurfaced in which he makes fun of an article on vulnerable girls and the sex trade.

The joke is particularly painful in Peel, which is ground-zero for human trafficking in the GTA.



Couple came here as Vietnamese refugees; now they give back to others fleeing hardship

Couple came here as Vietnamese refugees; now they give back to others fleeing hardship

Kyanh Do and Kim Tran are living a blessed life with a beautiful home and four flourishing daughters. But if it wasn’t for Canada’s attitude toward immigration things could have unfolded in an entirely different way after they fled communist Vietnam four decades ago. 

This is the first of three profiles of immigrants as Canadians head to the polls and our country’s approach to newcomers remains a top of mind issue for many.



Ramesh Sangha says much with few words but ultimately fails to deliver for Brampton

Ramesh Sangha says much with few words but ultimately fails to deliver for Brampton

The Liberal incumbent for Brampton Centre started strong in the first two years of his term, promising to crush “the enemy” of poverty and nursing a private member’s bill that could have empowered his city to fight for better investment.

Those dreams have yet to come to fruition, however, and in the meantime the MP has fallen relatively silent.

Part of a series ahead of the federal election on the parliamentary record over the past four years of 10 incumbent MPs in Brampton and Mississauga.



Kamal Khera’s special status as parliamentary secretary brings little to Brampton

Kamal Khera’s special status as parliamentary secretary brings little to Brampton

The MP for Brampton West was rewarded early with the title of parliamentary secretary, a role that offers a direct pipeline to party leaders in cabinet. Over the span of four years, she worked alongside the ministers of health, revenue and international development. But despite her promise to “fight for the values, priorities and the voices of the residents of Brampton West,” Khera hasn’t secured any significant investment to solve the city’s persistent problems.

Part of a series ahead of the federal election on the parliamentary record over the past four years of 10 incumbent MPs in Brampton and Mississauga.



Ruby Sahota accuses Jagmeet Singh of ‘misleading’ Bramptonians on new hospital

Ruby Sahota accuses Jagmeet Singh of ‘misleading’ Bramptonians on new hospital

The Liberal incumbent for Brampton North is calling the NDP’s promise “disingenuous.” Though she acknowledges the health-care crisis gripping the Flower City, Sahota says the New Democrats were wrong to make the offer a centerpiece of their Brampton campaign because the decision ultimately requires the signoff of the premier. Meanwhile, Sahota’s NDP rival argues the new hospital is actually a responsibility for all three orders of government.