Provincial

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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Ripping up contracts will cost Ontarians money, jobs and their environment

NDP Energy critic Peter Tabuns says Doug Ford’s latest attack on the environment – ripping up 758 renewable energy contracts – could cost thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars, and damage the quality of the air and water in Ontario.   “It’s Kathleen Wynne’s gas plants scandal all over again,” said Tabuns. “People don’t want to see our ...

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Ontario to Cancel 758 Energy Contracts to Bring Hydro Bills Down

Ontario ratepayers will benefit from $790 million in savings thanks to the Government of Ontario’s decision to cancel and wind down 758 renewable energy contracts, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford announced today. “We clearly promised we would cancel these unnecessary and wasteful energy projects as part of our plan to cut hydro rates by 12 per ...

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NDP – Throne Speech points to Ford’s plan to take Ontario from bad to worse

Leader of the Official Opposition Andrea Horwath said Thursday’s throne speech shows Ontario being dragged backwards, thanks to backroom deals Ford has made with insiders and lobbyists. “He’s dividing Ontarians, and sending a clear message that Ford will govern just for a few,” said Horwath. “For well-connected Ford insiders or lobbyists, apparently Ford’s happy to work out a deal to ...

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Throne Speech Opens Parliament “Government for the People will respect taxpayers, protect students and restore accountability”

Ontario’s Government for the People is opening Parliament to take action to protect students and lower electricity bills. The Speech from the Throne, delivered today by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially opened the 42nd Parliament and set out the government’s plan to put the people first. “We have a clear mandate from the people,” said Premier ...

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HydroOne CEO to retire effective immediately & Board to step down before August 15

Today, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Greg Rickford released the following statement: “Our government was elected on a promise to lower electricity bills for the people of Ontario. This included a promise to address governance at Hydro One. Today, Hydro One has informed us that Chief Executive Officer Mayo Schmidt is retiring from the company, effective immediately. The ...

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Forest Fire Update – July 10

With the current fire situation in the Northeast Region, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry – Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services will be providing 2 media releases daily (late morning and evening). This morning, there are 69 active forest fires in Northeast Region. 27 of these fires are not yet under control, while forty-two are either being held, under ...

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Second Binational Poll Reaffirms that Citizens Feel Great Lakes Protection is Critical

Eighty-eight percent of respondents believe protecting the Great Lakes is highly important and are willing to pay more to ensure their restoration, according to the second large survey conducted on public perception of the world’s largest freshwater system. The International Joint Commission (IJC) sponsored the survey, which was completed by its Great Lakes Water Quality Board in January 2018 and ...

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MNRF Minister Jeff Yurek – Statement on Temagami Fires

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek issued this statement today about the Ontario government’s response to the wildfire outside Temagami: “Our wildland fire and emergency response personnel are working closely with the Ontario Provincial Police, community leaders and other agencies to fight the fire near the Town of Temagami and make sure people move to safety. People in ...

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NorthEast Regional Fire Situation – July 9, 2018

By this evening, there were sixty-eight active forest fires across the Northeast. Twenty-six of these fires are not yet under control, while forty-two are either being held, under control or being observed. Restricted Fire Zone declared in Northeast Region Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry ...

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Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory Meet to Discuss issues affecting Torontonians

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory held a meeting this afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues affecting the residents of Toronto. Following a productive discussion, Premier Ford and Mayor Tory committed to further collaboration around economic development, transit, housing, and addressing gun violence in Toronto. Both leaders agreed gun violence is an important issue and Premier Ford ...

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NE Region MNRF Forest Fire Update – July 9

Jul 9, 2018 @ 08:07 By early evening, there were seventy-eight active forest fires across the Northeast. Thirty-three of these fires are not yet under control, while forty-five are either being held, under control or being observed. Restricted Fire Zone declared in Northeast Region Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number ...

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