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”

Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall

Although it’s not the two-way, all-day GO Train service that the region’s been asking for over the last decade, the Government of Ontario announced that GO Train service will be expanding again in time for the new school year. Continue reading “Expanded GO Train Service Coming to Guelph this Fall”

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”

KidsAbility Cuts Jobs Again in Wake of Autism Funding Changes

Changes to the province’s autism funding has claimed more jobs in our area, at least that’s according to the CEO of KidsAbility. Linda Kenny told staff this morning that come January 2020, between 20 and 25 staff members will be laid off in a new round of job losses following nine layoffs earlier this year. Continue reading “KidsAbility Cuts Jobs Again in Wake of Autism Funding Changes”

RECAP: Elizabeth May Answers Questions and Talks About Green Ambitions

Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May brought her election message to Guelph on Monday night. Hoping to gain momentum heading into the fall campaign, around 200 people gathered in the University of Guelph’s Peter Clark Hall to hear from May, and ask questions about about the issues. Continue reading “RECAP: Elizabeth May Answers Questions and Talks About Green Ambitions”

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”

Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108

Members of Ontario’s three major opposition parties gathered Queen’s Park media for a press conference Tuesday morning with the message that they don’t like what Bill 108 has in mind for the province’s endangered species, and they want their government counterparts to vote against it. Continue reading “Opposition Parties Unite on the Badness of Bill 108”

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”

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?”

LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth”

Recent moves by the Provincial government to cut budgets for things like legal aid, library services, and conservation authorities, along with the proposed amalgamation of ambulance services and local health networks, is “downloading by stealth” according to a joint statement released by the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO). Continue reading “LUMCO Has Had it With “Downloading by Stealth””