Simard says Tories ‘betrayed’ her with cuts to French-language services

Independent MPP Amanda Simard, who has made headlines for breaking with Premier Doug Ford’s government over Tory cuts to French-language services, is in no rush to join the Liberals.“I have not had any [Read entire story]

Ontario Tories open campaign finance loophole that could be exploited

The Progressive Conservatives appear to have flung open a backdoor way for unions and corporation to bankroll political parties with a loosening of campaign finance laws.In the government’s fall economic statement, [Read entire story]

Ontario minister Jim Wilson quits to tackle addiction issues

Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson has resigned from Premier Doug Ford’s cabinet to tackle his addiction issues. Wilson, the most experienced member of Ford’s cabinet, was with the premier Friday [Read entire story]

Tories gird for watchdog report on the cost of scrapping Ontario’s cap-and-trade program

As Ontario’s fiscal watchdog is set to reveal the financial impact of Premier Doug Ford’s decision to scrap cap-and-trade, the Progressive Conservatives insist they will have a replacement climate-change plan [Read entire story]

NDP, Tory MPPs push for lower auto insurance rates in Brampton

There is a renewed push at Queen’s Park to lower auto insurance rates in Brampton.New Democrat MPP Gurratan Singh (Brampton East) and Progressive Conservative MPP Parm Gill (Milton) are touting separate private [Read entire story]

Ottawa fires back at Doug Ford over USMCA grousing

Put a sock in it, Doug.That’s the message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to Doug Ford in the wake of the premier’s grousing about Ontario being hurt by the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada free [Read entire story]

Doug Ford freezes beer tax that was set to rise a penny a bottle in November

It’s a penny from heaven for Ontario beer drinkers.The Progressive Conservative government is cancelling a planned three cents per litre tax increase on beer that was to take effect next month.Premier Doug Ford [Read entire story]

Ontario extends electric car rebate deadline for Tesla buyers

Premier Doug Ford is doing a U-turn and giving hundreds of Tesla buyers $14,000 rebates after his Progressive Conservative government lost in court against the California-based electric car company.Four days after an [Read entire story]

Ford rewards key Tory adviser with $348K patronage job to curb hospital overcrowding

Premier Doug Ford has quietly appointed a key Progressive Conservative ally to a $348,000-a-year patronage job overseeing a new panel tackling hospital overcrowding.Hours after been sworn in June 29, Ford convened his [Read entire story]

Ford swearing-in ceremony will include outdoor festivities for the public

Douglas Robert Ford will be sworn in as Ontario’s 26th premier Friday followed by an outdoor public celebration at Queen’s Park that thousands are expected to attend.The Progressive Conservative chief, who [Read entire story]

Ontario race attracts Canada’s top political talent

Like moths to a flame, the best and the brightest in Canadian politics have descended upon Ontario for the upcoming provincial campaign.Strategists familiar to viewers of political panel shows are helping all three major [Read entire story]

Landlords can no longer evict tenants without compensation

Ontario tenants will have more protection from eviction starting Friday.That’s when new measures aimed at stopping landlords from turfing people from their rental units will take effect.Effective Friday, when a [Read entire story]

Upstart Roman Baber trounces Joe Oliver for PC York Centre nomination

Another one bites the dust.Former finance minister Joe Oliver is the latest federal Conservative to lose a bid to run for Patrick Brown’s provincial Tories in next year’s election.Oliver, 76, was trounced [Read entire story]

Almost half of Ontarians do not believe Wynne will lead Liberals into 2018 vote: poll

About half of Ontarians do not believe Premier Kathleen Wynne will stick around to lead the Liberals into the 2018 election, a new poll suggests.The Forum Research survey, which found Wynne’s Grits continuing to [Read entire story]

Premier Wynne signals end of ‘net-zero’ austerity measures

Premier Kathleen Wynne is signalling the end to an era of austerity by lifting the “net-zero” provision on public-sector contracts.With the Liberals set to balance the books in the 2017-18 budget, Wynne on [Read entire story]

Brown accused of sex-ed ‘flip-flop’

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is being accused of “flip-flopping” on his flip-flop about scrapping Ontario’s sex-education curriculum.With voters in Scarborough-Rouge River headed to [Read entire story]

Ontario, B.C., and Quebec uncork wine deal

WHITEHORSE — It’s pinot noir in our time.‎Ontario consumers will finally have unfettered access to British Columbia wine under an historic deal inked by Premiers Kathleen Wynne and Christy Clark.The [Read entire story]

Wynne says Brown should turf MacLaren

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown should turf controversial MPP Jack MacLaren from his caucus for misogynistic behaviour, says Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne. “When I talked some months ago about [Read entire story]

Wynne fast-tracks fundraising reforms to spring, following Star probe

Legislation reforming Ontario’s lax political fundraising rules is being fast-tracked and will be introduced within the next 60 days, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.In the wake of revelations in the Toronto Star last [Read entire story]

Black Lives Matter demonstration at police HQ ends

Following a persistent two weeks camped outside in frigid weather conditions, Black Lives Matter demonstrators have decided to pack up #BLMTOtentcity, and vacate Toronto police HQ following a brief discussion with [Read entire story]

Kathleen Wynne backs Bill Blair to spearhead marijuana legalization

The Blair roach project has won a powerful supporter.Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is pleased Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, now Scarborough Southwest MP, to lead the [Read entire story]

Supermarket beer sales begin on Tuesday

Six-packs of beer will be sold in the first Ontario supermarkets on Tuesday, but there will be no wine — yet. Premier Kathleen Wynne is to buy suds ‎at the Loblaws on Leslie St. near Eastern Ave. Tuesday [Read entire story]

LCBO should sell pot when legal, Wynne says

Weed with your whisky and wine? Premier Kathleen Wynne says once Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government moves to legalize marijuana it should be sold in provincially owned LCBO stores.“It makes sense to [Read entire story]

LCBO has record $5.2B in sales

As Premier Kathleen Wynne’s privatization czar prepares recommendations on revamping the LCBO, there are fears the provincial booze monopoly could join Hydro One on the auction block.The Liquor Control Board of [Read entire story]

Poll gives Joe Oliver big lead over Eve Adams in Eglinton-Lawrence

Finance Minister Joe Oliver enjoys a healthy lead over defector Eve Adams in Eglinton-Lawrence, a new poll suggests.The Forum Research survey — the first public one conducted since Adams switched from the Tories [Read entire story]

Lisa MacLeod endorses Christine Elliott for PC leadership

Lisa MacLeod has climbed aboard the Christine Elliott bandwagon.The Nepean-Carleton MPP officially dropped out of the Progressive Conservative leadership race on Friday to endorse Elliott.“Christine Elliott and I [Read entire story]

Ontario’s highest paid public servant Tom Mitchell retiring after 6 years as OPG head

Ontario Power Generation president and CEO Tom Mitchell, the province’s highest paid public servant, is calling it quits.Mitchell, who earns $1.714 million annually, is retiring after six years on the job, the [Read entire story]

Legal challenge to Beer Store abandoned

A budding Toronto entrepreneur has abandoned his challenge of the provincial legislation that gives the Beer Store a monopoly.Michael Hassell, a lawyer and co-owner of Barge Craft Beer Distribution, a would-be [Read entire story]

Kathleen Wynne issues infrastructure ‘challenge’ to federal leaders

Premier Kathleen Wynne wants federal and provincial governments to invest $100 billion a year to close Canada’s infrastructure gap.With a federal election later this year, Wynne was in Ottawa on Tuesday to urge [Read entire story]

Stephen Harper finally agrees to meet Kathleen Wynne

After months of pleading and cajoling, Premier Kathleen Wynne is finally getting an audience with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.With Harper headed into a federal election later this year — and his Conservatives [Read entire story]

Charles Sousa targets Conservative government in economic update

Queen’s Park is launching a fiscal salvo on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives against the backdrop of a looming federal election.Finance Minister Charles Sousa used Monday’s fall economic [Read entire story]

Wynne’s China mission brings Ontario 230 new jobs

NANJING, CHINA—Ontario’s sister province in China is lending Premier Kathleen Wynne a helping hand on job creation.Two companies based in Jiangsu province will invest $60 million in Ontario to create 130 [Read entire story]

Ontario urges action on Grassy Narrows mercury poisoning

Ontario urges action on Grassy Narrows mercury poisoning

Steve Fobister Sr. was once a sport fishing guide to the rich and famous.But the walleye the Grassy Narrows First Nation elder caught in the Wabigoon-English River system was contaminated with mercury poisoning from a [Read entire story]

Liberals pass budget as Ontario legislature rises until October

Liberals pass budget as Ontario legislature rises until October

Summer has finally come to Queen’s Park after the provincial budget passed allowing the legislature to rise until after Thanksgiving.Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals got their spending plan through the [Read entire story]