City of Toronto Approves Transit Deal with the Province

Although it was not initially received well by the City of Toronto, the Province’s plan for transit in “the Six” has officially been endorsed by city council in a marathon meeting on Tuesday. Now, all eyes will turn to the Federal government to see if they’ll follow the direction and help fund these new transit projects. Continue reading “City of Toronto Approves Transit Deal with the Province”

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”

CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)

Late Sunday evening, parents across Ontario got the news that they wanted to hear: there will be no strike by support workers organized under the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on Monday. A last minute deal has been reached between CUPE and the Government of Ontario, meaning peace at schools across the province. For now. Continue reading “CUPE Strike Averted! Schools are Back to Normal (For Now)”

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”

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”