Ford Announces Massive Cabinet Shake-Up Nearly One Year After Swearing In

Not even one year after the Progressive Conservative government was sworn in at Queen’s Park, Premier Doug Ford has shuffled his cabinet, and not just a minor shuffle. In all, the cabinet was increased by seven people, and over 20 members of the old cabinet were shifted to new positions including high profile ministers like Vic Fedeli, Lisa MacLeod, and Caroline Mulroney. Continue reading “Ford Announces Massive Cabinet Shake-Up Nearly One Year After Swearing In”

Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108

Members of Ontario’s three major opposition parties gathered Queen’s Park media for a press conference Tuesday morning with the message that they don’t like what Bill 108 has in mind for the province’s endangered species, and they want their government counterparts to vote against it. Continue reading “Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108”

Ford Government Relents, Puts Some Cuts to Municipalities On Hold

After weeks of advocacy and protest from mayors and city councils across Ontario, Premier Doug Ford announced this morning that cuts to childcare, public health and ambulance services funding will be stopped, at least until the end of the current fiscal year. Continue reading “Ford Government Relents, Puts Some Cuts to Municipalities On Hold”

LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark

A meeting of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today in Guelph seems to have lead to nowhere in term of answering LUMCO’s concerns about funding cuts. At least that’s the impression from a LUMCO statement signed by its chair, Guelph Mayor, Cam Guthrie. Continue reading “LUMCO Still Mad After Meeting with Minister Clark”

Ontario Government Gives Cities More Money… For Audits

After weeks of cuts stemming from the Provincial budget, Premier Doug Ford has decided to take a new tact for municipal finances: we’ll pay you to have auditors find cost savings! Continue reading “Ontario Government Gives Cities More Money… For Audits”

Guthrie Continues LUMCO Advocacy in Toronto

Mayor Cam Guthrie’s role as the chair of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) took him to Toronto Tuesday, where he stood in the press room of City Hall next to Mayor John Tory to continue the pushback against Provincial funding cuts. Continue reading “Guthrie Continues LUMCO Advocacy in Toronto”

LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth”

Recent moves by the Provincial government to cut budgets for things like legal aid, library services, and conservation authorities, along with the proposed amalgamation of ambulance services and local health networks, is “downloading by stealth” according to a joint statement released by the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO). Continue reading “LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth””

Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains

The fallout from the 2019 Ontario budget delivered last Thursday continues to be felt, and this week it was felt by conservation authorities across the province, who have been told by the Ministry of Natural Resources that about half their provincial funding is being cut. Continue reading “Ford Gov Cuts Flood Management by 50 Per Cent as GRCA Warns of Heavy Rains”

RECAP: Schreiner Gets an Earful About Local Concerns at Town Hall

In advance of the upcoming Provincial budget, Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner held a town hall Saturday afternoon at the West End Rec Centre to get feedback, but the session covered a wide variety of issues including education, healthcare, transit, and which Conservative politicians he can express admiration for. Continue reading “RECAP: Schreiner Gets an Earful About Local Concerns at Town Hall”

Schreiner Private Members Bill Passes Second Reading

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner’s private member’s bill took another step forward to becoming law today by unanimously passing second reading in the Legislature and it’s now moving on to committee. Yes, you read that right, “unanimously”. Continue reading “Schreiner Private Members Bill Passes Second Reading”