Provincial

Ford’s cuts hit classrooms hard

Dec 16, 2018 @ 06:33 Doug Ford has taken the axe to schools and education funding, even before his sham of a consultation is complete. In a series of memos sent to school boards Friday night, the Ford government announced deep, callous cuts to Education Program (EPO) grants. Funding envelopes that have been eliminated entirely include the Daily Physical Activity ...

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NDP criticizes government attack on the arts and reconciliation efforts

NDP Culture Critic MPP Jill Andrew (Toronto-St. Paul’s) released the following statement in response to cuts at the Ontario Arts Council:   “This week, the NDP learned that Doug Ford has made a callous $5 million cut to base funding at the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Ford has also suspended the agency’s ...

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Statement from Andrea Horwath on acting OPP Commissioner Brad Blair’s legal challenge

Acting Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Commissioner Brad Blair is seeking a legal decision stating that investigating potential political interference in the hiring of the OPP Commissioner is within the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ombudsman. Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in support:   “I want to thank Commissioner Blair for his integrity, and for his ongoing commitment to ...

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OPP Release Annual Report on Framework for Police Preparedness for Aboriginal Critical Incidents

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released the annual report on its The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released the annual report on its Framework for Police Preparedness for Aboriginal Critical Incidents for 2017. Entrenched as an OPP critical policy since 2005, the Framework guides the police response to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous issue-related conflicts. The release of this report ...

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Ontario Government to reconvene the 42nd Parliament on Monday

The following is a statement from Government House Leader Todd Smith: “Given the uncertainty created by the impasse between Ontario Power Generation and the Power Workers’ Union, it is the intent of the government to reconvene the 42nd Parliament at 1 pm on Monday, December 17th for the purposes of introducing legislation to ensure that Power Workers remain on the job.”

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Ontario Improving Rural Services for Women Escaping Violence and Sexual Exploitation

Ontario’s Government for the People is improving supports in rural and remote communities for women who are victims of violence and sexual exploitation. Ontario is investing $1.5 million in funding for rural frontline agencies to increase collaboration, strengthen service delivery, improve culturally relevant supports for Indigenous women, and reduce geographic and transportation barriers. This funding builds on the government’s current ...

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Victim Identified in Hwy 11 Crash

At approximately 4:46 p.m. on December 11, 2018 members from the Kirkland Lake Detachment and the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 11 just north of Englehart, Ontario.   A cube van collided with a tractor trailer. The collision caused the vehicles to catch fire. Assisting with this investigation are the OPP ...

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Statement by Minister Rickford and Minister Scott on Potential Power Workers’ Union Strike Action

Today, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour, issued the following statement on the Power Workers’ Union (PWU) rejection of Ontario Power Generation’s final offer in contract negotiations, leaving PWU in a strike position: “We have been advised that contract negotiations between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the ...

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Ontario Takes a Phased Approach to Cannabis Retail Licensing Due to National Supply Shortages

Today, the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General and the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance, released the following statement on changes being made to the licensing process for recreational retail cannabis stores in Ontario: “It is the federal government’s responsibility to oversee cannabis production and to provide a viable alternative to the illegal market by ensuring there is sufficient supply ...

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Marie & Joseph are among top Ontario Baby Names

Ontario’s Government for the People is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of recording baby names in Ontario. “Choosing a name for your child is an important and personal decision for all parents. The lists of top baby names in Ontario is one way to help parents choose a name for their baby,” said Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. ...

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OPP charge 23 with 156 offences including charges relating to the Criminal Code of Canada and the Controlled Drug & Substances Act (CDSA)

Several Ontario residents face numerous charges following a multi-jurisdiction investigation into trafficking of illegal firearms and illegal drugs in the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas of Ontario. Noting a rise in domestically-sourced guns, Project RENNER began in April 2018 as a high-level Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) investigation targeting an organized crime group that had been producing restricted and ...

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Ontario Scraps the Green Energy Act

Ontario’s Government for the People is delivering on its promise to repeal the Green Energy Act, 2009, that led to the disastrous feed-in-tariff program and skyrocketing electricity rates for Ontario families. “The Green Energy Repeal Act eliminates a piece of legislation that introduced disastrous changes to Ontario’s energy system that led to rising electricity rates for families and businesses,” said ...

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Hwy 69 Reopens

On December 6, 2018 shortly before 6:00 a.m., a member of the West Parry Sound Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police responded to a motor vehicle collision (MVC) involving two commercial motor vehicles resulting in a chemical spill on the Key River Bridge in Key River, Ontario. The responding officer was exposed to a potentially hazardous chemical and was transported ...

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Ontario Government Responds to Auditor General’s 2018 Annual Report

Ontario’s Government for the People continues to take swift action to restore trust in the province’s finances by immediately responding to recommendations made in the Auditor General’s 2018 Annual Report. This year’s report urges the province to ensure that transparency and accountability is consistent across government programs and services. “The Auditor General has shed new light on the disappointing waste ...

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