Provincial

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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NE & Temagami Forest Fire Situation (July 8 – 14)

Jul 14, 2018 @ 14:19 By late morning on July 14 there are 48 active forest fires across the Northeast, of these 20 are not yet under control, 28 are either being held under control or being observed. The cold front that passed through the Northeast will start moving out of the fire region today but will likely bring wrap ...

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Ford government leaves out northern, rural communities from Throne Speech: NDP

NDP MPP John Vanthof said that Doug Ford’s Throne Speech on Thursday left out northern and rural communities from his government’s plans.   “While northern and rural families were left with sky high hydro bills, overcrowded hospitals, dangerous roads, and fewer opportunities year after year, Doug Ford left out Northern Ontario and rural communities from his government’s priorities.   Doug ...

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Operation Safe Trucking

As we head into the weekend, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding the motoring public about Operation Safe Trucking. This annual campaign focusses on enforcing rules of the road and moving violations, but specifically for Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV).   The OPP investigates thousands of preventable CMV collisions every year, making this a serious road safety issue.   In 2015 ...

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Mantha Responds to PC Throne Speech

After listening to the first PC’s throne speech, Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha said, “I am definitely disappointed but unfortunately not surprised. I’m disappointed both in the direction this new government has announced it is taking as well as the blatant backroom deal practices they are already employing.”  Mantha says the throne speech shows that Ontario is being dragged backwards by ...

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