National Newswatch

Ontario education union planning strike votes, says doesn’t mean strike will happen

Aug 11 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — A union representing Ontario education workers is planning to talk about organizing strike votes at a meeting later this month, a move the education minister calls "needless escalation." The Canadian Union of Public Employees — which represents 55,000 workers including early childhood educators, school administration workers, bus drivers and custodians — sent a […]

Ontario introduces ‘strong mayor’ legislation to speed up housing development

Aug 10 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is proposing to give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa veto powers over bylaws that conflict with provincial priorities, such as building housing. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark introduced the legislation Wednesday, called the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act. It would allow the mayors of those two cities to override […]

Ontario legislature returns amid health staffing crisis, high inflation

Aug 7 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's legislature is set to resume this week for the first time since the re-election of Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives, with politicians returning amid a health-care staffing crisis and skyrocketing inflation. Members will return Monday to vote for a Speaker, followed on Tuesday by the throne speech, which outlines a government's new […]

Ontario legislature returns amid health staffing crisis, high inflation

Aug 7 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's legislature is set to resume this week for the first time since the re-election of Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives, with politicians returning amid a health-care staffing crisis and skyrocketing inflation. Members will return Monday to vote for a Speaker, followed on Tuesday by the throne speech, which outlines a government's new […]

Ontario directs college to register international nurses faster amid hospital crisis

Aug 4 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's health minister has directed regulatory colleges for nurses and doctors to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals, a move nursing groups and critics say falls short of the premier's promise to do everything in his power to address an emergency room staffing crisis. Sylvia Jones sent directives Thursday to […]

Ontario directs regulator to register internationally trained nurses more quickly

Aug 4 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's health minister is giving the regulatory colleges for nurses and doctors two weeks to develop plans to more quickly register internationally educated professionals so they can practice in the province. Sylvia Jones sent directives Thursday to the College of Nurses of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario directing […]

Ontario child-care rebates starting to roll out but program remains a ‘patchwork’

Jul 12 2022 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Parents in some parts of Ontario are already receiving rebates under the national $10-a-day child-care program while operators elsewhere can't apply yet to be part of the system, leaving a municipal patchwork of daycare pricing across the province.  Child-care operators in many communities have recently been able to start opting in and out […]