Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters

The Progressive Conservatives were elected by Ontarians over two years, which puts us more than halfway through their mandate. Things have changed a lot in those last two years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the PC government under Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want you to see the mandate letters issued back in June 2018. Continue reading “Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters”

Ford Brings $2.5 Million Cheque to Guelph for Linamar to Make Ventilators

The day after it was announced that Ontario had seen over 300 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet came to the Royal City with some money for a local company looking to shore up any future demands for medical equipment. Linamar, Guelph’s largest corporation, received $2.5 million from the Ontario Together Fund today to help build 10,000 new Ontario-made e700 ventilators. Continue reading “Ford Brings $2.5 Million Cheque to Guelph for Linamar to Make Ventilators”

Schreiner Introduces Bill to End Sick Notes

The Ontario Legislature returned to work today, and one of the first orders of business came from Guelph’s own Member of Provincial Parliament. Mike Schreiner spent his first day back at the Legislature putting forward a private member’s bill to amend the Employment Standards Act and disavow the part that allows employers to demand a sick note from an employee that takes a day off due to illness. Continue reading “Schreiner Introduces Bill to End Sick Notes”

Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery

In the past, Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner has gone to the media studio in Queen’s Park, and presented ideas for the reigning Progressive Conservative government to implement. On Thursday, he did it again by offering 10 principles for a “Greener and More Caring COVID-19 Recovery”, but will the Premier Doug Ford take him up on the offer? Continue reading “Steal These Ideas Part 2, Schreiner Has Plans for a Better Recovery”

Court Says Gas Tax Stickers Are Political and Unconstitutional

To recall with longing the good old days when the worst political controversy was the Ontario government making provincial gas stations post partisan information under threat of heavy fines… Those days were revisited again on Friday with the Ontario Superior Court ruling that the anti-carbon tax stickers gas stations were ordered to display are actually unconstitutional. Continue reading “Court Says Gas Tax Stickers Are Political and Unconstitutional”

Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford

The annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference wrapped up on Wednesday with some speeches from opposition leaders including Green Party of Ontario leader and Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. After Premier Doug Ford’s somewhat rosy appraisal of the current response to COVID-19 on Monday, Schreiner notes there’s still a long, long way to go, and a lot of stuff that’s been overlooked by the provincial government. Continue reading “Schreiner Wants Less Cheerleading More Regular Leading from Ford”

At AMO, Ford is Optimistic While the City of Guelph Comes with a Wish List

The annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) kicked off Monday in an unusual way: remotely. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from many of Ontario’s 444 municipalities will not be descending on Ottawa this week, but will instead be meeting via teleconference, and the effects of the pandemic will definitely be a big part of the conversations. Continue reading “At AMO, Ford is Optimistic While the City of Guelph Comes with a Wish List”

Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall

The school year is almost over, but the planning for next year is now a less opaque thanks to an announcement from Queen’s Park on Friday. Education Minister Stephen Lecce took part in Friday’s press conference where the Government of Ontario laid out how the province’s schools will operate in the fall, and it will have to be multiple choice as school boards must prepare three different plans in case of the circumstances. Continue reading “Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall”

Ontario Announces Changes for Long-Term Care, and the Creation of Social Circles

The Government of Ontario has announced a lot of changes lately, but the latest changes involve where COVID-19 has hurt the most, long-term care homes. The medical officer of health for Ontario has given the greenlight for people to be able to visit their family members in long-term care again, but under some very strict guidelines. Continue reading “Ontario Announces Changes for Long-Term Care, and the Creation of Social Circles”

Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary

As part of series of week-long announcements about re-opening the province, the Government of Ontario revealed Wednesday how they will approach the re-opening of post-secondary education. Starting in July, in-person classes will begin again in a limited fashion after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, but what that looks like in practice will be another matter altogether. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary”