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Ontario’s top court to rule on constitutionality of federal carbon tax

Jun 26 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's top court will release its ruling on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax on Friday. The Court of Appeal heard arguments over four days in April after the Progressive Conservative government challenged the levy, arguing it allows Ottawa to step into areas of provincial authority, undermining co-operative federalism. The court case […]

Ontario’s top court to rule on constitutionality of federal carbon tax

Jun 26 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's top court will release its ruling on the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax on Friday. The Court of Appeal heard arguments over four days in April after the Progressive Conservative government challenged the levy, arguing it allows Ottawa to step into areas of provincial authority, undermining co-operative federalism. The court case […]

Ford orders review of government appointments after Dean French ties revealed

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered a review Tuesday of all pending government appointments after at least three were revealed to have personal ties to his ex-chief of staff. Dean French resigned late Friday following news that appointees to two foreign posts were personally connected to him. Earlier Tuesday, an appointee to Ontario's accountants council […]

Ford orders review of government appointments after Dean French ties revealed

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford ordered a review Tuesday of all pending government appointments after at least three were revealed to have personal ties to his ex-chief of staff. Dean French resigned late Friday following news that appointees to two foreign posts were personally connected to him. Earlier Tuesday, an appointee to Ontario's accountants council […]

Ontario Cannabis Store was government body with most complaints to the ombudsman

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Grievances from frustrated pot customers have given the Ontario Cannabis Store the dubious distinction of being the government organization that was the subject of the most complaints to the province's ombudsman. More than 2,400 Ontario residents complained about the government's online marijuana store in the wake of delays and delivery problems, the ombudsman said in […]

Ontario Cannabis Store was government body with most complaints to the ombudsman

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Grievances from frustrated pot customers have given the Ontario Cannabis Store the dubious distinction of being the government organization that was the subject of the most complaints to the province's ombudsman. More than 2,400 Ontario residents complained about the government's online marijuana store in the wake of delays and delivery problems, the ombudsman said in […]

Ontario health report recommends more virtual visits, sharing ER wait times

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Accessing medical records through a secure app, texting with health-care providers, using e-consultations for specialists — those are some of the ways Ontario's special adviser on health care envisions the increased use of virtual care in the province. Dr. Rueben Devlin and the premier's council on improving health care delivered their second report Tuesday, […]

Ontario health report recommends more virtual visits, sharing ER wait times

Jun 25 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Accessing medical records through a secure app, texting with health-care providers, using e-consultations for specialists — those are some of the ways Ontario's special adviser on health care envisions the increased use of virtual care in the province. Dr. Rueben Devlin and the premier's council on improving health care delivered their second report Tuesday, […]

Canada Day event with declining attendance cancelled at Ontario legislature

Jun 24 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's legislature will no longer host a Canada Day celebration, as the government cancels a decades-old tradition with declining attendance. The government is instead putting up to $80,000 toward free admission at attractions around the province, said Premier Doug Ford's executive director of communications. The first 500 visitors will get in free at […]

Canada Day event with declining attendance cancelled at Ontario legislature

Jun 24 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's legislature will no longer host a Canada Day celebration, as the government cancels a decades-old tradition with declining attendance. The government is instead putting up to $80,000 toward free admission at attractions around the province, said Premier Doug Ford's executive director of communications. The first 500 visitors will get in free at […]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff resigns

Jun 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff resigned Friday night after a string of controversies in the government's first year that culminated in the premier rescinding the lucrative appointments of two people with reported ties to Dean French. The timing of French's resignation isn't directly related, the premier's office suggested. "Mr. French informed the premier that he will be […]

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff resigns

Jun 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff resigned Friday night after a string of controversies in the government's first year that culminated in the premier rescinding the lucrative appointments of two people with reported ties to Dean French. The timing of French's resignation isn't directly related, the premier's office suggested. "Mr. French informed the premier that he will be […]

Doug Ford revokes two appointments to posts abroad

Jun 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has revoked the appointments of two people to lucrative foreign posts a day after announcing them, following reports that they had ties to his chief of staff. Ford announced four agents-general appointments, which come with salaries between $165,000 and $185,000, shortly after a massive cabinet shuffle Thursday intended as a […]

Doug Ford revokes two appointments to posts abroad

Jun 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford has revoked the appointments of two people to lucrative foreign posts a day after announcing them, following reports that they had ties to his chief of staff. Ford announced four agents-general appointments, which come with salaries between $165,000 and $185,000, shortly after a massive cabinet shuffle Thursday intended as a […]

Fedeli, Thompson, MacLeod demoted in Doug Ford’s cabinet shuffle

Jun 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Several high-profile Ontario ministers who have come under fire for introducing unpopular measures were demoted in a massive overhaul of cabinet on Thursday, as Premier Doug Ford reached for the reset button after a rocky first year. One of the biggest moves saw Vic Fedeli shifted from the finance portfolio to economic development, while other ministers […]