Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April

If you’ve been enjoying the cost benefits of using your Presto card to transfer from the GO Train to the TTC, you’re going to have to make up that extra cost per trip starting April 1. Metrolinx has announced that the Discounted Double Fare program will be ending on March 31, when the multi-year agreement between the Province of Ontario and GO Transit’s parent company expires. Continue reading “Metrolinx Won’t Be Offering Anymore Discounts on Transfers Come April”

Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree

A day after the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) held another one-day strike, and on the same week that his government is facing labour strife will all teachers unions province-wide, Premier Doug Ford told the media this morning that it’s still about the money, and it’s still about the union throwing its weight around. Continue reading “Ford Again Says Teachers in it For Money and Union Power; Teachers Disagree”

Ontario Government Changes Rules for Cannabis Retailers

After a year of struggle in trying to create a retail cannabis marketplace in Ontario, the Provincial government is changing the rules to make it easier to get stores off the ground. Come 2020, there will be no more quotas, and no more lotteries, as Ontario tries to play catch-up with other parts of Canada in making it easier to get legal pot. Continue reading “Ontario Government Changes Rules for Cannabis Retailers”

Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station

Do you have an electric car? Have you ever pulled up to a public charging station and found that spot is being used by a regular old gas-powered car? Well Bill 123, the Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, will change that by making it illegal to block an electric vehicle charging station, and it’s brought to you, in part, by Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner. Continue reading “Schreiner Makes History Co-Sponsoring Legislation on EV Charging Station”

Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First

Health Minister Christine Elliott was in Guelph Friday afternoon to announce funding for the Guelph and Area Ontario Health Team, one of 24 teams in the province to be the first to get funding from the Government of Ontario. Both Elliott and the local team were adamant that this is a big step in securing better health services for Guelph and surrounding communities in Rockwood, Erin, and Puslinch. Continue reading “Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First”

“Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province

Student leaders from a coalition that won a landmark legal challenge against the Provincial government over making certain student fees optional spoke from Queen’s Park on Friday morning. Representatives of the groups, who were supported in Queen Park’s media room by the New Democrat education critic, said that the ruling shows that “our democracy is valid.” Continue reading ““Our Democracy is Valid”: Student Allies Mark Legal Win Over Province”

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”

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”

GUELPH POLITICAST #194 – “Back to School” with Mike Schreiner

This week, after a five-month long hiatus, it’s finally “Back to School” time for the Ontario Legislature. Observers have been wondering if the extended break might allow for a more collegial tone to fall on Queen’s Park, especially as the government faces a number of pressing and challenging issues. Who better to ask if this is the case than our own MPP Mike Schreiner? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #194 – “Back to School” with Mike Schreiner”

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”