Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough

Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner took a break from the debate and lawmaking at Queen’s Park to have a sit down with Guelphites Thursday night to talk about the latest issues in provincial matters. For Schreiner, he’s pleased to see a change in tone from Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative government, but there’s still room for improvement. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Town Hall He Sees Change at Queen’s Park, But Not Enough”

Clark Cancels Amalgamation Talk, Announces New Money for Cities

After months of work getting feedback on the efficiencies and usefulness of two-tier regional governments, and just weeks after receiving the report, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced at an AMO Meeting in London today that amalgamation will not be forced on Ontario municipalities. Continue reading “Clark Cancels Amalgamation Talk, Announces New Money for Cities”

End of Federal Election Means Eyes Turn Back to Provincial Matters

With the Federal Election out of the way, people now have a little bit more spare time to engage in the other two levels of government. The Ontario Legislature will be back in session after a five-month summer break on Monday, but less than 24 hours after Election Day, and even a little bit before that, politics are coming back to Queen’s Park. Continue reading “End of Federal Election Means Eyes Turn Back to Provincial Matters”

Countdown Begins to Job Action in Ontario Schools

Mark this coming Monday on your calendar because it might be the last day for a while that you’ll know labour peace at your neighbourhood public school. September 30 will be the day that members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees will be in a strike position, and now everyone’s waiting to see what happens. Continue reading “Countdown Begins to Job Action in Ontario Schools”

CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report

At least one public union representing Ontario’s school workers has taken the first step to job action this week with the issuance of a no-board report. A no-board starts a 17-day countdown to a strike or lockout, but does that mean school will be out again by the end of September for the Canadian Union of Public Employees? Continue reading “CUPE’s the First School Union to Call For No Board Report”

Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails

It’s not over till it’s over. That seems to be the message coming from the various court challengers to the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) as Ontario heads to the Supreme Court, Saskatchewan loses a bid to delay, and Prince Edward Island is out of the court battle (for now?). Continue reading “Carbon Tax in Court: Ontario Moves Forward, Sask. Hits Snag, and PEI Bails”

Schreiner Demands Reform on Appointments and Conflicts By Ontario Government

Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner has hit the Ontario government and Premier Doug Ford again with accusations of corruption and cronyism.  In two different releases, Schreiner attacked the government’s Ontario News Now channel, and demanded that the government reform how they make appointments. Continue reading “Schreiner Demands Reform on Appointments and Conflicts By Ontario Government”

Ontario Decision Strike Two for Carbon Tax Court Challenges

For opponents still hoping to use the courts to undermine the Federal carbon tax, it was more bad news as the Ontario Court of Appeal joined its Saskatchewan colleagues in recognizing the constitutionality of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA). A 4-1 decision from the Ontario Court means strike two for the anti-carbon tax governments of Canada. Continue reading “Ontario Decision Strike Two for Carbon Tax Court Challenges”

Moody’s Flags Risk and Threatens Rate Cut Because of Ontario Budget Effects

It seems that the Ontario Budget announced in April is the gift that keeps on giving, even though you wish you could return it. One of the world’s leading credit agencies is warning that the cuts to funding and other proposed actions in the budget could result in a rate cut to Ontario’s municipalities, as cities across the province are forced to deal with $2 billion loss in revenue over the next 10 years. Continue reading “Moody’s Flags Risk and Threatens Rate Cut Because of Ontario Budget Effects”

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”