Provincial

Andrea Horwath on Province’s cuts to Social Assistance and cancellation of Basic Income Pilot Program

Official Opposition leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement in response to Doug Ford’s plan to cut social assistance rates and cancel the basic income pilot program:   “Doug Ford’s decision to slash the meagre increases to social assistance is appalling, it drags Ontario backwards, and it pushes those already at a disadvantage even deeper into poverty. For Mr. Ford’s ...

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Ontario Forest Fire Update – August 1

Northeast Fire Region By the evening of August 1, there were 49 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 21 are not yet under control, 28 are either being held, under control or being observed. There were ten new fires confirmed in the region today, one of which has already been called out. All of the new fires confirmed ...

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Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE Aug 1, 2018 @ 07:35

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Forest Fire Situation Update Northeast Fire Region July 31, 2018 Time of Report 10:45 By the evening of July 31, there were 41 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 13 are not yet under control, 28 are either being held, under control or being observed. There were five new fires confirmed in ...

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Parry Sound 33 is a NO Drone Zone

Ontario FireRangers (10:12 a.mm) Parry Sound 33 remains out-of-control. Ontario’s FireRangers and crews from across North America, including the largest contingent ever assembled from Mexico are continuing there work across the province today. #ParrySound33 is now listed at 8,224 hectares. Smoke drift may be visible in the areas north and northeast of the fire due to winds from the south, ...

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Forest Fire Situation – UPDATE Jul 28, 2018 @ 11:50

Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services Forest Fire Situation Update – Northeast Fire Region July 28, 2018 Time of Report 11:50 By the evening of July 28 there were 39 active forest fires across the northeast. Of these, 12 are not yet under control, 27 are either being held, under control or being observed. There were no new fires discovered ...

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Premier Ford Visits Wildfire-Stricken Communities

Premier Doug Ford visited people in communities near Parry Sound where hundreds of firefighters from across North America are battling major wildfires. The Premier, accompanied by Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Norm Miller, MPP Parry Sound-Muskoka, met with people in the affected communities today, as well as with teams that are fighting the fires and managing ...

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MNRF Minister Jeff Yurok – Our Hearts go out in firefighter’s death

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, issued the following statement: “I learned yesterday that an Alberta wildland firefighter assisting our response to wildfires in Northwestern Ontario has died. Our hearts go out to his family and friends back home, to his crew-members and to all the Alberta firefighters who are helping to keep Ontarians safe.‎ These ...

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Doug Ford’s $330 million slash to mental health funding will take Ontario’s mental health crisis from bad to worse

Doug Ford is dragging Ontario backwards, now including a $330 million-per-year cut to planned mental health funding — a slash that will mean longer waits, less supports and more people in crisis. Andrea Horwath, Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition, spoke out against Ford’s funding slash Thursday in the legislature, but the Ford Conservatives dug in their heels, worrying Ontarians that ...

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Ontario Government Ends Strike at York University

Ontario has passed legislation to end the strike at York University and save the university’s fall semester for tens of thousands of students. York University will now start to resume normal operations and students will soon be able to complete their winter courses. “Getting York University students back to class was a top priority for our government,” said Minister of ...

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Andrea Horwath on $330 million per year mental health funding cut

Doug Ford’s government has apparently confirmed that a previously promised $2.1 billion investment into mental health care over four years will be scrapped, and replaced with a Conservative plan that will spend $1.9 billion over 10 years. The deep cut will result in mental health funding dropping to $190 million per year from $525 million per year – a $330 million ...

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Ford blocks NDP move to reveal Hydro One CEO, board payouts

Doug Ford has blocked an NDP move to reveal his deal with the Hydro One CEO and board, and make public how many millions he arranged for them to be paid.   In question period on Tuesday, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath demanded answers after Ford time-allocated Bill 2, cancelling committee hearings, amendments and any chance for the public to ...

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Finance Critic asks why Ford supports privatization of Hydro One

NDP Finance critic John Vanthof demanded to know why Doug Ford is supporting the privatization of Hydro One after a report from the legislature’s independent Financial Accountability Officer showed adopting  Kathleen Wynne’s hydro plan, as Ford has decided to do, will add billions more to hydro bills and the deficit.   “Privatization of Hydro One is a waste. It was ...

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Statement from Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

In the wake of the deadly shooting on Danforth Avenue, Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement: “My heart is with the victims of last night’s shooting, their friends and loved ones, and the beautiful Danforth community so deeply impacted by this heinous crime. Our immediate focus is on strength for the victims in hospital, and for those ...

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