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”

This Month at Council: Our Energy, Carbon Tax, and Two New Apartment Projects

Council began 2020 slowly, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t anything of consequence discussed. From a new program to retrofit homes, to a potential concern with an Official Plan Amendment, and two new interesting apartment developments, here’s a look what happened in January around the horseshoe. Continue reading “This Month at Council: Our Energy, Carbon Tax, and Two New Apartment Projects”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 27, 2020 PART 1

It’s another brief regular meeting to tee up this month’s planning meeting. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for January 27, 2020 PART 1”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 27 Meeting?

To finish up January, you’re going to get two city council meetings for the price of one. The first one will be the regular council meeting, with a brief agenda made up of a couple of closed meeting items, plus an invitation for council to endorse the advocacy work of other municipalities at Canada’s highest court. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the January 27 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 27, 2019

Finally, this is the chance for the general public to have their say about next year’s budget. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 27, 2019”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 25, 2019

There will be so much to talk abut from the motion on making harm reduction housing, to the decision on new bus routes. You can click here for the amended agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 25, 2019”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 25 Meeting?

The regular council meeting agenda looks light, but looks can be deceiving as the ghosts from Committee of the Whole on new bus routes and harm reduction housing will likely come back to haunt. Plus, what is this mysterious motion about intervening on a Supreme Court Case? Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 25 Meeting?”

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”

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”

Saskatchewan Court Calls Carbon Tax Constitutional, What’s Next?

It’s strike one for opponents of the so-called carbon tax as a Saskatchewan appeals court today ruled that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA) is constitutional. Proponents are cheering, but opponents are promising to take this legal fight all the way to “game seven.” Continue reading “Saskatchewan Court Calls Carbon Tax Constitutional, What’s Next?”