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Ontario cuts conservation authority funding for flood programs

Apr 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario conservation authorities say the provincial government has cut their funding for flood management programs in half. Conservation Ontario, which represents the province's 36 conservation authorities, said impacts of the cuts will be felt immediately, particularly in smaller and more rural areas. "Cutting natural hazards funding is particularly problematic right now in light […]

Ontario cuts conservation authority funding for flood programs

Apr 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario conservation authorities say the provincial government has cut their funding for flood management programs in half. Conservation Ontario, which represents the province's 36 conservation authorities, said impacts of the cuts will be felt immediately, particularly in smaller and more rural areas. "Cutting natural hazards funding is particularly problematic right now in light […]

Ontario may allow developers to pay fee in lieu of endangered species actions

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario intends to allow municipalities and developers to pay a fee in lieu of taking certain actions to protect species at risk. The Progressive Conservative government is proposing to create the Species at Risk Conservation Trust to oversee these charges and put the money toward large-scale measures to protect and recover those species. […]

Ontario may allow developers to pay fee in lieu of endangered species actions

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario intends to allow municipalities and developers to pay a fee in lieu of taking certain actions to protect species at risk. The Progressive Conservative government is proposing to create the Species at Risk Conservation Trust to oversee these charges and put the money toward large-scale measures to protect and recover those species. […]

Ontario may let pharmacists prescribe treatments for minor issues like pink eye

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Pharmacists in Ontario could one day prescribe treatments for minor health issues such as pink eye or skin rashes. The Progressive Conservative government announced in its recent budget that it intends to expand the scope of practice for certain regulated health professionals, such as pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dental specialists and optometrists. Health Minister Christine Elliott […]

Ontario may let pharmacists prescribe treatments for minor issues like pink eye

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Pharmacists in Ontario could one day prescribe treatments for minor health issues such as pink eye or skin rashes. The Progressive Conservative government announced in its recent budget that it intends to expand the scope of practice for certain regulated health professionals, such as pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dental specialists and optometrists. Health Minister Christine Elliott […]

Ontario to tie post-secondary funding to grads’ employment and earnings

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Future funding for post-secondary institutions in Ontario will depend on metrics such as graduates' earnings and employment rates. The Progressive Conservative government announced in its recent budget that it will start tying more funding for the province's colleges and universities to performance outcomes. Only a small proportion of funding has been linked to […]

Ontario to tie post-secondary funding to grads’ employment and earnings

Apr 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Future funding for post-secondary institutions in Ontario will depend on metrics such as graduates' earnings and employment rates. The Progressive Conservative government announced in its recent budget that it will start tying more funding for the province's colleges and universities to performance outcomes. Only a small proportion of funding has been linked to […]

Ontario releases anti-carbon tax radio ad with sound of clinking coins

Apr 17 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's Progressive Conservative government released a new ad against the federal carbon tax Wednesday that the opposition decried as publicly funded partisan advertising — something the Tories railed against before they were in power. The ad features a female narrator saying the tax will see people pay more to heat their home, drive their […]

Ontario releases anti-carbon tax radio ad with sound of clinking coins

Apr 17 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's Progressive Conservative government released a new ad against the federal carbon tax Wednesday that the opposition decried as publicly funded partisan advertising — something the Tories railed against before they were in power. The ad features a female narrator saying the tax will see people pay more to heat their home, drive their […]

Ontario to allow community housing providers to turn criminals away

Apr 17 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is planning on allowing community housing providers to deny tenants who have previously been evicted for criminal activity. If a tenant gets evicted for such illegal activities as drug trafficking, assault or damaging property, they can currently reapply to live in the same building. The province now intends to give municipalities the tools to […]

Ontario looks at merging ambulance services; Ford says service will not go down

Apr 16 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is looking at merging ambulance services, but the premier is guaranteeing that the move will not result in fewer paramedics. In its budget delivered last week, the Progressive Conservative government said it plans to streamline the way land ambulance dispatch services are delivered by integrating the 59 emergency health services operators and 22 dispatch centres. The […]

Ontario looks at merging ambulance services; Ford says service will not go down

Apr 16 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is looking at merging ambulance services, but the premier is guaranteeing that the move will not result in fewer paramedics. In its budget delivered last week, the Progressive Conservative government said it plans to streamline the way land ambulance dispatch services are delivered by integrating the 59 emergency health services operators and 22 dispatch centres. The […]

Premier Doug Ford tells teachers not to strike as contract talks near

Apr 16 2019 — Allison Jones — MARKHAM, Ont. — Premier Doug Ford warned teachers Tuesday not to "pull this strike nonsense," with a likely challenging round of bargaining set to start as soon as this month. Teachers' unions have already expressed concerns about a recent education announcement from the government, which includes larger class sizes for grades four to 12. That will […]

Premier Doug Ford tells teachers not to strike as contract talks near

Apr 16 2019 — Allison Jones — MARKHAM, Ont. — Premier Doug Ford warned teachers Tuesday not to "pull this strike nonsense," with a likely challenging round of bargaining set to start as soon as this month. Teachers' unions have already expressed concerns about a recent education announcement from the government, which includes larger class sizes for grades four to 12. That will […]