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Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1

Dec 29 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government's ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per […]

Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1

Dec 29 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government's ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per […]

Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1

Dec 29 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government's ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per […]

Ontario’s cap-and-trade plan raises cost of gasoline and home heating on Jan. 1

Dec 29 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government's ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas. The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per […]

Ontarians get break on electricity bills Jan. 1 but pay more to heat homes

Dec 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Tax and regulation changes in Ontario that kick in Jan. 1 will provide some relief from soaring electricity rates while pushing up the cost of home heating, and give first-time home buyers a financial break. The government will remove the eight-per-cent provincial portion of the HST from electricity bills, but the Liberals' cap-and-trade program […]

Ontarians get break on electricity bills Jan. 1 but pay more to heat homes

Dec 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Tax and regulation changes in Ontario that kick in Jan. 1 will provide some relief from soaring electricity rates while pushing up the cost of home heating, and give first-time home buyers a financial break. The government will remove the eight-per-cent provincial portion of the HST from electricity bills, but the Liberals' cap-and-trade program […]

Why are we drinking bottled water? Wynne wants debate on future of industry

Dec 21 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario plans to increase its charge for water-taking permits for bottled water companies in the new year, but Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants a bigger discussion on the future of the entire industry. The province charges $3.71 for every million litres of water taken, on top of a permit fee of $750 for […]

Why are we drinking bottled water? Wynne wants debate on future of industry

Dec 21 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario plans to increase its charge for water-taking permits for bottled water companies in the new year, but Premier Kathleen Wynne says she wants a bigger discussion on the future of the entire industry. The province charges $3.71 for every million litres of water taken, on top of a permit fee of $750 for […]

Ontario environment ministry deliberately falsified dates on FOI requests

Dec 19 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Auditors are investigating five Ontario government ministries after staff at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change altered dates on freedom of information requests to improve their compliance statistics. Information and Privacy Commissioner Brian Beamish said Monday that there were concerns with the accuracy of the compliance statistics submitted by the ministry for his […]

PC MPP apologizes and retracts comments about fighting for social conservative views

Dec 14 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is trying again to keep a lid on social conservative views in his caucus, ordering a member of the legislature to retract comments about how some issues would be a priority for a Tory government. Ontario's French-language public broadcaster, TFO (Television francaise de l'Ontario), posted audio recordings online Tuesday […]

PC MPP apologizes and retracts comments about fighting for social conservative views

Dec 14 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is trying again to keep a lid on social conservative views in his caucus, ordering a member of the legislature to retract comments about how some issues would be a priority for a Tory government. Ontario's French-language public broadcaster, TFO (Television francaise de l'Ontario), posted audio recordings online Tuesday […]

Patrick Brown orders MPP to retract comments about fighting for social conservative views

Dec 14 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is trying again to keep a lid on social conservative views in his caucus, ordering a member of the legislature to retract comments about how some issues would be a priority for a Tory government. Ontario's French-language public broadcaster, TFO (Television francaise de l'Ontario), posted audio recordings online Tuesday […]

Nestle says it wants to ‘partner’ with small Ontario town on well it purchased

Dec 13 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — A small Ontario township looking for a drinking water supply isn't sure what to make of a proposal from Nestle to 'partner' on a well the community tried to buy but lost to the international bottled-water giant. Nestle Waters Canada representatives attended the council meeting in Centre Wellington township Monday to say it wants to […]

Nestle says it wants to ‘partner’ with small Ontario town on well it purchased

Dec 13 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — A small Ontario township looking for a drinking water supply isn't sure what to make of a proposal from Nestle to 'partner' on a well the community tried to buy but lost to the international bottled-water giant. Nestle Waters Canada representatives attended the council meeting in Centre Wellington township Monday to say it wants to […]

Energy Board refuses auditor’s call to clarify global adjustment on hydro bills

Dec 12 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — The Ontario Energy Board is rejecting a call from the province's auditor general to clarify the so-called global adjustment charge on electricity bills. The global adjustment is an extra charge that is levied to cover the gap between the guaranteed prices the Liberal government promised electricity generators in 20-year contracts and the actual market […]