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West Parry Sound OPP assist with Forest Fire Evacuation

On July 20, 2018 as of approximately 11:00 a.m. members of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) assisted the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) by advising residents living in the Key Harbour to evacuate their homes due to a 500 hectare active forest fire near Henvey Inlet, Ontario. The MNRF has recommended the ...

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Premier Doug Ford Reinforces Michigan Trade Ties

Premier Doug Ford spoke on the phone yesterday with Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan. The call was an opportunity for the Premier to connect directly with Governor Snyder, and build on the mutually beneficial trade relationship between the two jurisdictions. “Ontario and Michigan share a very valuable trade partnership,” said Ford. “We’re their number one customer. We trade more than ...

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Bill allowing the government to break its own contracts is bad for business

Ontario NDP Energy Critic Peter Tabuns says Doug Ford’s attempt to give the government the power to break its own contracts will have a chilling effect on business. “From now on, businesses seeking government contracts will have only two options,” said Tabuns. “Either they will have to add a bad faith risk premium onto the price of government contracts and ...

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Ford appoints ultimate backroom deal maker Campbell to handle Ontario’s books

Doug Ford has hired embattled former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell to help him with Ontario’s books – despite Campbell’s having presided over one of the most notorious backroom deal scandals in Canadian history. “As premier, Campbell cut social services, fired scores of public employees and sold off and privatized public assets like ferries and BC Rail’s entire operation,” said ...

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NDP blasts Doug Ford’s million-dollar contract to former PC party president

During question period Tuesday,  NDP health critic France Gélinas questioned Premier Doug Ford on his decision to award a million-dollar contract to the former president of the Ontario PC party.   Rueben Devlin will be paid $348,000 each year during his three year term – over $1 million in total – to provide advice on the health care system. “The ...

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Ontario Government Restoring Trust in Public Finances Through Commission of Inquiry and Line-by-Line Audit of Spending

Ontario’s Government for the People is taking action to restore the people’s trust in the public finances. Today Premier Doug Ford joined with Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, and Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, to announce unprecedented action to restore the public’s confidence in Ontario’s books.   “One of my first actions as premier was to bring in ...

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Horwath calls for amendment to show Hydro One exec payout

Leader of the Official Opposition Andrea Horwath said Tuesday that any claim that the Ford government makes about transparency at Hydro One under Bill 2 is meaningless unless it includes full disclosure of all payments to outgoing Hydro One executives and board members, and called for an amendment to Bill 2 to accomplish that. “Mr. Ford must immediately tell the ...

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Bridging North America to build Gordie Howe International Bridge

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) announced today that a significant milestone has been met in the public-private partnership (P3) procurement process with the selection of Bridging North America as the Preferred Proponent to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge project. Bridging North America’s design will see it delivered as a cable-stayed bridge. Bridging North America was ...

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The Government for the People Tables the Urgent Priorities Act

Today (July 16, 2018), The Hon. Greg Rickford, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs tabled The Urgent Priorities Act, 2018, which, if passed, would enact or amend several Acts. The Urgent Priorities Act, 2018 would enact the Hydro One Accountability Act, 2018 which, if passed, would improve transparency and accountability at Hydro One, ...

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Ford government moves backwards on reconciliation with First Nations: NDP

On the first day of question period on Monday, Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong, called on Premier Doug Ford to explain why he removed reconciliation from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and relegated the ministry to a part-time minister.   “Why did the Ford government drop reconciliation from the mandate of the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs  and what is behind ...

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Minister of Education Lisa Thompson on future consultations for Ontario’s sex-ed curriculum

“During the recent election campaign, we made a clear promise to replace the entirety of Ontario’s current sex-ed curriculum with an age-appropriate one that is based on real consultation with parents. “When Ontario voters chose their new government, they did so knowing that this was our intended course of action. “Throughout this process, our commitment to Ontario parents has remained ...

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The Government for the People Tables the Urgent Priorities Act

Today, The Hon. Greg Rickford, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs tabled The Urgent Priorities Act, 2018, which, if passed, would enact or amend several Acts. The Urgent Priorities Act, 2018 would enact the Hydro One Accountability Act, 2018 which, if passed, would improve transparency and accountability at Hydro One, including addressing executive ...

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Ford friends and allies get special treatment, Ontario families pay the price

At the first question period for the new legislative session on Monday morning, official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath grilled Doug Ford for spending his first weeks in office cutting deals for insiders, lobbyists and friends he owes favours to.    “Instead of being a premier for everyone, we’ve seen Doug Ford making backroom deals that are driven by what’s best ...

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