National Newswatch

Toronto is often an outlier for public opinion, researchers say

Feb 21 2019 — Allison Jones — Toronto is often an outlier in terms of public opinion across the province on various topics, such as immigration and climate change, a survey has found. Research conducted on behalf of the Mowat Centre, a think tank at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, found that otherwise, there are not many general differences […]

Toronto is often an outlier for public opinion, researchers say

Feb 21 2019 — Allison Jones — Toronto is often an outlier in terms of public opinion across the province on various topics, such as immigration and climate change, a survey has found. Research conducted on behalf of the Mowat Centre, a think tank at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, found that otherwise, there are not many general differences […]

Ontario orders Hydro One to cap CEO pay at $1.5 million

Feb 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario issued a directive Thursday to Hydro One, ordering it to pay its CEO no more than $1.5 million per year — substantially less than the partially privatized utility had proposed. Hydro One and the government have been at loggerheads over executive compensation, with the company refusing repeated requests to slash the CEO […]

Ontario orders Hydro One to cap CEO pay at $1.5 million

Feb 21 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario issued a directive Thursday to Hydro One, ordering it to pay its CEO no more than $1.5 million per year — substantially less than the partially privatized utility had proposed. Hydro One and the government have been at loggerheads over executive compensation, with the company refusing repeated requests to slash the CEO […]

Premier Doug Ford suspends caucus member amid criticism over autism plan

Feb 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford suspended a member of his caucus Wednesday for comments made as parents of children with autism packed the legislature's galleries, angry about funding changes they say are woefully inadequate. Some of the parents said that Randy Hillier said "yada yada yada" to them near the end of question period, but […]

Premier Doug Ford suspends caucus member amid criticism over autism plan

Feb 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford suspended a member of his caucus Wednesday for comments made as parents of children with autism packed the legislature's galleries, angry about funding changes they say are woefully inadequate. Some of the parents said that Randy Hillier said "yada yada yada" to them near the end of question period, but […]

Minister defends $140K EQAO job for failed Tory candidate

Feb 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's education minister is defending the $140,000 salary for a failed Tory candidate to lead a standardized testing organization — a job that was previously a part-time appointment. Cameron Montgomery was announced recently as the new full-time chair of the board of directors of the Education Quality and Accountability Office, a position that […]

Minister defends $140K EQAO job for failed Tory candidate

Feb 20 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's education minister is defending the $140,000 salary for a failed Tory candidate to lead a standardized testing organization — a job that was previously a part-time appointment. Cameron Montgomery was announced recently as the new full-time chair of the board of directors of the Education Quality and Accountability Office, a position that […]

Doctors awarded new, four-year contract with fee increases

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — An arbitrator has awarded Ontario doctors a new contract in a ruling that puts no hard cap on the physician services budget, a decision that comes after a years-long fracture in doctors' relationship with the government. Placing such a restriction on payments to doctors for publicly insured services would be unfair, arbitrator William Kaplan […]

Doctors awarded new, four-year contract with fee increases

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — An arbitrator has awarded Ontario doctors a new contract in a ruling that puts no hard cap on the physician services budget, a decision that comes after a years-long fracture in doctors' relationship with the government. Placing such a restriction on payments to doctors for publicly insured services would be unfair, arbitrator William Kaplan […]

Ontario narrows scope of SIU investigations into police conduct

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is narrowing the scope of mandatory investigations carried out by the province's primary police watchdog, with the Progressive Conservative government framing current rules as inherently anti-police. The change involving the Special Investigations Unit is part of legislation introduced Tuesday to overhaul police oversight regulations. It comes after the government paused implementation of […]

Ontario narrows scope of SIU investigations into police conduct

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is narrowing the scope of mandatory investigations carried out by the province's primary police watchdog, with the Progressive Conservative government framing current rules as inherently anti-police. The change involving the Special Investigations Unit is part of legislation introduced Tuesday to overhaul police oversight regulations. It comes after the government paused implementation of […]

Autism families angered by income level to qualify for maximum funding

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Advocates and families of children with autism angered by a revamped government program that reduces funding for therapy say new information about who can qualify for that money sets a "ridiculous bar." The new autism program gives families up to $140,000 to pay for treatment — a maximum available only to the lowest income families whose child […]

Autism families angered by income level to qualify for maximum funding

Feb 19 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Advocates and families of children with autism angered by a revamped government program that reduces funding for therapy say new information about who can qualify for that money sets a "ridiculous bar." The new autism program gives families up to $140,000 to pay for treatment — a maximum available only to the lowest income families whose child […]

Ontario legislature resumes with focus on health, policing and autism

Feb 18 2019 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Major health-care reform, policing changes and an inaugural budget with a deeper look into the government's austerity agenda are on tap at the Ontario legislature as politicians return Tuesday from a winter break. In addition to the Progressive Conservative government's own priorities, and an expected raft of new legislation, Premier Doug Ford and his […]