National Newswatch

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 […]

Ontario legislation updates regulations for medically-assisted death

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario introduced legislation Wednesday to support the implementation of medically assisted dying. The Medical Assistance In Dying Statute includes a series of amendments to several pieces of legislation, including the Coroner's Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, to provide more clarity on […]

Ontario legislation updates regulations for medically-assisted death

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario introduced legislation Wednesday to support the implementation of medically assisted dying. The Medical Assistance In Dying Statute includes a series of amendments to several pieces of legislation, including the Coroner's Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, to provide more clarity on […]

Tories accuse Ontario Liberals of giving away millions in excess electricity

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's official opposition says the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio should send Premier Kathleen Wynne thank-you notes for the cheap power they're getting from the province. Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the province sold $9.4 million worth of excess electricity for just $144,000 on Nov. 10, which he suspects is a "record day […]

Tories accuse Ontario Liberals of giving away millions in excess electricity

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's official opposition says the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio should send Premier Kathleen Wynne thank-you notes for the cheap power they're getting from the province. Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says the province sold $9.4 million worth of excess electricity for just $144,000 on Nov. 10, which he suspects is a "record day […]

CUPE sues Wynne, cabinet ministers for mixing fundraising and Hydro One sale

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — The Canadian Union of Public Employees said Wednesday that its lawsuit against the Ontario premier and two Liberal cabinet ministers over the sale of Hydro One is finally headed to court. CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn said the suit, officially filed on Tuesday, is aimed at stopping the sale of any more shares in […]

CUPE sues Wynne, cabinet ministers for mixing fundraising and Hydro One sale

Dec 7 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — The Canadian Union of Public Employees says its lawsuit against the Ontario premier and two cabinet ministers over the sale of Hydro One is finally headed to court. CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn says the suit is aimed at stopping the sale of any more shares in the giant electricity transmission utility while […]

Wynne suggests Ontario won’t block tolls on Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, DVP

Dec 6 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's opposition parties warn the Liberal government will pay a political price if it approves tolls on two major highways leading into downtown Toronto. Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown wants the Liberals to reject tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, and said he'd rescind any such provincial approval if the Tories […]

Wynne suggests Ontario won’t block tolls on Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, DVP

Dec 6 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's opposition parties warn the Liberal government will pay a political price if it approves tolls on two major highways leading into downtown Toronto. Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown wants the Liberals to reject tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway, and said he'd rescind any such provincial approval if the Tories […]

Brown not surprised some disappointments as so many want to run for PCs in 2018

Dec 5 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown admits some would-be candidates for the 2018 Ontario election are not getting past the PC vetting process, but he insists it's good for the Tories to have so many people wanting to run. There have been complaints from rejected candidates and some longtime party members about interference in the […]

Brown not surprised some disappointments as so many want to run for PCs in 2018

Dec 5 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown admits some would-be candidates for the 2018 Ontario election are not getting past the PC vetting process, but he insists it's good for the Tories to have so many people wanting to run. There have been complaints from rejected candidates and some longtime party members about interference in the […]

Wide support for Ontario moratorium on new bottled water operations

Dec 1 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will formally impose a two-year moratorium on new or expanded bottled water companies as of Jan. 1, 2017 after thousands of people expressed support for the ban. Most of the more than 20,000 people who responded during a 45-day period for comments supported the province's proposed moratorium on issuing water taking permits for new or increased […]

Wide support for Ontario moratorium on new bottled water operations

Dec 1 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will formally impose a two-year moratorium on new or expanded bottled water companies as of Jan. 1, 2017 after thousands of people expressed support for the ban. Most of the more than 20,000 people who responded during a 45-day period for comments supported the province's proposed moratorium on issuing water taking permits for new or increased […]