Provincial

Fix the First Nations water crisis, send the bill to Ottawa

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says that since the federal Liberal government has let people down by refusing to ensure there is clean, safe drinking water in First Nations communities, the province needs to step in, address the water crisis and send the bill to Ottawa.   Visiting northern First Nations this week, Horwath spent time in Neskantaga First ...

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Missing Persons Act adds more tools for Police Services to respond quickly to missing person investigations

When a loved one goes missing, swift action is critical. That’s why the Ontario Government is putting people’s safety first by providing frontline police officers with more tools to respond quickly to missing person investigations. “Police and family members tell us that the first hours after someone goes missing are the most critical,” said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. “That’s why ...

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Long-time advocate backs NDP bill proposing opt-out system for organ donation

George Marcello, an organ donation advocate who has received transplant surgery and is waiting again for a donor, is urging Doug Ford’s government to support an NDP bill proposing an opt-out system for organ donation. Marcello, NDP Health critic France Gélinas and recent transplant recipient Gary Marin were at Queen’s Park on Wednesday to fight for the bill. Earlier this year, ...

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Premier Doug Ford & New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs – Tackling Issues for both provinces

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs released the following joint statement: “We’re committed to tackling the issues that matter most to the people of Ontario and New Brunswick. We’re united by our shared priorities of getting rid of interprovincial trade barriers, creating jobs and prosperity, and making life more affordable for people. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with ...

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Tragic death shows why Ontario can’t afford steps backwards on health and safety

Wayne Gates, Ontario NDP Health and Safety and WSIB critic, and Guy Bourgouin, Ontario NDP critic for Trades, Training and Apprenticeships, are urging the Ford Conservatives to do more to protect workers after the tragic death of an 18-year-old following an on-the-job accident, rather than following through on Doug Ford’s plan to cut training, safety and protection for workers. Vadim ...

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New Democrats call for review of all Ford appointees

The NDP is now calling on the Doug Ford Conservatives to recall the Standing Committee on Government Agencies, and give them the mandate to conduct a review of all Ford government appointees, past and current.   New Democrat MPP Marit Stiles, a member of the Government Agencies committee, says that, to this point, Doug Ford has not only been handing ...

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Ford gives 31 Conservative MPPs a 14% pay hike

Doug Ford has nearly doubled the number of parliamentary assistants giving 31 MPPs a 14 per cent pay hike while firing education and health care workers. Doug Ford appointed 31 Conservative MPPs to be parliamentary assistants on Wednesday. The MPPs will each get an extra $16,300 on top of their MPP salary.   “The gravy train is getting crowded,” said NDP ...

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Premier Ford Announces Parliamentary Assistants with Special Responsibilities

Premier Doug Ford today announced the Parliamentary Assistants that will hold special responsibilities as part of the Ontario Government. Parliamentary Assistants will each hold key accountabilities to support the renewed Cabinet announced last week. Working hand-in-hand with Ministers, the Parliamentary Assistants will support the government on delivering results to the people of Ontario. The Parliamentary Assistant accountabilities are as follows: ...

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Phillips gifts patronage appointment to business partner, donor on Day 1

In one of his first acts as Finance Minister, Rod Phillips appointed one of his major donors and long-time business partner Neil Selfe to the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO). Another long-time Phillips business associate, Brian Gibson, was also quietly appointed to the IMCO board on June 20. Official Opposition NDP MPP Taras Natyshak said Doug Ford and the ...

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Gravy train doesn’t stop: Doug Ford appointed Dean French’s niece to Ontario’s Public Accountants Council

Yet another sneaky appointment for friends and family, Doug Ford quietly appointed Dean French’s niece, Katherine Pal, to the Public Accountants Council.   The government did not announce French’s family member’s appointment with a news release when it was confirmed on Dec. 31, 2018. Pal is the niece of Dean French’s wife, Jane Pal French. The position comes with a ...

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NDP fights fine for student chalk-drawings

NDP House Leader Gilles Bisson released the following statement in response to reports that high-school students were billed about $1,500 for the clean-up of sidewalk chalk after a peaceful protest at Queen’s Park:   “It’s wrong to punish students who are speaking up for themselves and their future by speaking out against Doug Ford’s education cuts. The NDP is calling ...

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Célébration de la Journée nationale des peuples autochtones en Ontario

Aujourd’hui, Greg Rickford, ministre des Affaires autochtones, a fait la déclaration suivante pour souligner la Journée nationale des peuples autochtones: «Nous reconnaissons aujourd’hui qu’il s’agit d’une journée de célébration et de reconnaissance des peuples autochtones. Les peuples autochtones sont les premiers habitants de notre grande province, et j’encourage tous les Ontariens et Ontariennes à profiter de cette occasion pour en ...

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Precedent-setting Child Pornography Charges Laid Following Lengthy Probe of Toronto-based Firm

Five people have been charged after the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) concluded an investigation involving Ontario-based supplier of millions of child pornography images and videos. At a news conference, Commissioner Thomas CARRIQUE and Detective Inspector David MacDONALD were joined by representatives from the Toronto Police Service and the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations to conclude two investigative projects ...

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