Provincial

Ontario Releases Safe and Sensible Framework To Manage Federal Legalization of Cannabis

In response to the federal government’s plan to legalize cannabis by July 2018, Ontario is committing to a safe and sensible framework to govern the lawful use and retail of recreational cannabis as a carefully controlled substance within the province. Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General, Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance and Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced today ...

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OPP to host Two Anti-Human Trafficking Conferences

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is hosting two anti-human trafficking conferences that will walk attendees down the road travelled from identifying victims of both sex and labour trafficking, to providing wrap-around victim-centred service to support them through to recovery, and enforcement efforts targeting traffickers. One conference will be in Barrie, Ontario September 11-12, 2017, and the second will be in ...

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Government of Canada approves the Ambassador Bridge Enhancement Project, subject to conditions

Sep 6, 2017 @ 21:27 The Windsor–Detroit gateway is the busiest commercial land border crossing between Canada and the United States. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring sufficient capacity to maintain an efficient trade corridor that can handle trade and traffic growth for the long-term, benefitting Canadians for generations to come. To that end, the Honourable Marc Garneau, ...

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Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan Protecting Student Renters

Sep 5, 2017 @ 17:10 There are 600,000 college and university students going back to school this fall, and Ontario has taken steps to protect those renting off-campus from unfair rent increases and evictions. As part of its Fair Housing Plan, Ontario has expanded rent control to all private market rental units across the province to protect tenants from unfair ...

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Ontario Providing Support to Those Affected by Opioid Crisis

Ontario is providing urgent relief to those affected by the opioid crisis, including adding more front-line harm-reduction workers, expanding the supply of naloxone, and creating new rapid access addiction clinics in every region of the province. Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, were at St. Michael’s Hospital ...

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OPP Conduct Labour Day Weekend Distracted Driving Campaign (Sept.1-4, 2017)

Inattentive driving is linked to more collisions on Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-patrolled roads so far this year than speeding and alcohol/drug-related collisions combined. This Labour Day weekend officers with the Sault Ste. Marie OPP will be out patrolling local area highways and roadways to ensure the travelling public will arrive at their destination safely. Since January 1, 2017, driver distraction has ...

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Statement from Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown on Ontario’s opioid crisis

In response to a letter sent to Premier Kathleen Wynne by more than 700 health care workers on Ontario’s opioid crisis, Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown issued the following statement: “The Ontario PCs have been very clear, Ontario is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Between 2006 and 2015, fentanyl overdose deaths in Ontario have soared by 548 per ...

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Car Seats Save Lives

Using the right child car seat is the best way to prevent serious injury or death to children in collisions. Make sure that your child is buckled up right, whether it is in an infant car seat, child car seat, booster seat or with the seatbelt.   Legislation makes it mandatory for anyone transporting children to make sure children are property ...

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EQAO Results prove Wynne is failing students: NDP Education critic

Aug 24, 2017 @ 08:50 Ontario NDP Education critic Peggy Sattler has issued the following statement in response to the release of the 2016-2017 EQAO literacy results:   “Today’s report on the OSSLT reveals that the success rate for students enrolled in applied courses has been getting worse since Kathleen Wynne took office, and that the format of EQAO testing ...

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Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) Results Published

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has published provincial-level results for the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), written by Grade 10 students during the 2016–2017 school year. For the second year in a row, 81% of first-time eligible Grade 10 students who wrote the OSSLT were successful. Over the past five years, the overall success rate on the ...

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Ontario Reminding Parents to Ensure Vaccinations are Up to Date

As a new school year approaches, Ontario is reminding parents to ensure their children’s vaccines are up to date. Vaccine schedules are carefully planned to protect children when they are most at risk and when their bodies are ready to receive certain vaccines. Following Ontario’s Routine Immunization Schedule protects children from serious diseases that can spread easily in schools and daycare centres. ...

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Conservatives, Wynne’s Liberals block vacation days and sick leave for workers

Wynne’s Liberals and the Conservatives joined together this week, refusing to support the NDP’s labour proposals that would give Ontarians more stability, more vacation time and access to paid sick days when they need them.   “We know the Conservatives aren’t on the side of working Ontarians,” said Horwath. “And Wynne’s Liberals joined those Conservatives in refusing to support better ...

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AMO Wants 1% sales tax increase – Solely Fund Local Infrastructure

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s Annual Conference kicked off in Ottawa today with President Lynn Dollin calling for a 1% sales tax devoted solely to local infrastructure services such as roads, bridges and transit. Municipal governments are working around the clock to provide critical services, like good roads, clean drinking water and safe communities, but growing needs and costs are putting ...

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FAO to probe Ontario-Quebec power deal

Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:12 Following a request by PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli and PC Energy Critic Todd Smith, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer has agreed to review the Electricity Trading Agreement entered into last fall by the Wynne government and Quebec. The review follows written requests submitted to the FAO in July by the two MPPs. “I am concerned that the financial details of this transaction ...

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OLG privatization will hurt Ontario services

As the Wynne Liberals hand over the OLG’s GTA locations to B.C-based Great Canadian Gaming Corp. and Toronto-based Brookfield Business Partners, the NDP is raising concerns over the effects of privatization — and the billions of dollars that will be going into B.C. bank accounts instead of Ontario hospitals and classrooms.   Last week, on behalf of the NDP, Finance ...

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