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Ontario auditor blasts Liberals for poor oversight of road and transit contracts

Nov 30 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government watchdog says taxpayers spend millions of dollars paying repair bills for shoddy work by contractors hired for road maintenance and public transit projects, including part of one bridge that was installed upside down. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk also warns of serious shortcomings in the health-care system, and predicts cap-and-trade will cost businesses and individuals […]

Ontario auditor blasts Liberals for poor oversight of road and transit contracts

Nov 30 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government watchdog says taxpayers spend millions of dollars paying repair bills for shoddy work by contractors hired for road maintenance and public transit projects, including part of one bridge that was installed upside down. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk also warns of serious shortcomings in the health-care system, and predicts cap-and-trade will cost businesses and individuals […]

Ontario considers offering electricity consumers new, more flexible rate plans

Nov 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will change the way it buys electricity so it doesn't focus on wind, solar or any specific technology, and is looking at more flexible billing plans for hydro consumers. Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the Liberals want to be "technology agnostic" when they sign contracts for new electricity, and focus more on the […]

Ontario considers offering electricity consumers new, more flexible rate plans

Nov 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will change the way it buys electricity so it doesn't focus on wind, solar or any specific technology, and is looking at more flexible billing plans for hydro consumers. Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the Liberals want to be "technology agnostic" when they sign contracts for new electricity, and focus more on the […]

Financial Accountability Office warns of continued budget deficits in Ontario

Nov 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government spending watchdog warns there is "significant risk" the Liberals will not eliminate a $4.3 billion deficit next year, but Finance Minister Charles Sousa insists the books will be balanced as promised. In his fall economic statement Nov. 14, Sousa announced he would dip into the reserve fund to ensure a balanced budget in 2017-18, in […]

Financial Accountability Office warns of continued budget deficits in Ontario

Nov 28 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government spending watchdog warns there is "significant risk" the Liberals will not eliminate a $4.3 billion deficit next year, but Finance Minister Charles Sousa insists the books will be balanced as promised. In his fall economic statement Nov. 14, Sousa announced he would dip into the reserve fund to ensure a balanced budget in 2017-18, in […]

Ontario may create new northern ridings primarily for First Nations communities

Nov 25 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario may create at least one new northern riding in addition to 15 new seats that will be added for the 2018 election because of population growth, and it could result in the election of the province's first indigenous member of the legislature. The province's two northern most ridings — Timmins-James Bay and Kenora-Rainy River — could be […]

Ontario may create new northern ridings primarily for First Nations communities

Nov 25 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario may create at least one new northern riding in addition to 15 new seats that will be added for the 2018 election because of population growth, and it could result in the election of the province's first indigenous member of the legislature. The province's two northern most ridings — Timmins-James Bay and Kenora-Rainy River — could be […]

No firm plan to get mercury out of river near northern Ontario First Nation

Nov 24 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's Liberal government insists it is "totally committed" to cleaning up mercury in a river near a northern First Nation, but says it will not do anything that could make the situation worse for residents of Grassy Narrows. The remote community near the Manitoba border has dealt with mercury poisoning since a paper mill in […]

No firm plan to get mercury out of river near northern Ontario First Nation

Nov 24 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's Liberal government insists it is "totally committed" to cleaning up mercury in a river near a northern First Nation, but says it will not do anything that could make the situation worse for residents of Grassy Narrows. The remote community near the Manitoba border has dealt with mercury poisoning since a paper mill in […]

Financial watchdog says too early to tell impact of cap-and-trade in Ontario

Nov 23 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government spending watchdog says there are too many uncertainties for it to determine the financial impact of the Liberal government's cap-and-trade program to fight climate change, which starts Jan 1, 2017. The financial accountability office released a report Wednesday saying it needs more data on how the government plans to spend the $1.9 […]

Financial watchdog says too early to tell impact of cap-and-trade in Ontario

Nov 23 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's government spending watchdog says there are too many uncertainties for it to determine the financial impact of the Liberal government's cap-and-trade program to fight climate change, which starts Jan 1, 2017. The financial accountability office released a report Wednesday saying it needs more data on how the government plans to spend the $1.9 […]

Report says Ontario patients should have access to electronic medical records

Nov 22 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he'll act on a recommendation to give patients access to their electronic medical records as the province updates the mandate of eHealth Ontario. The Liberal government's privatization czar, Ed Clark, recommended eHealth's role be refocused more on service delivery, and said patients should be able to interact with their own […]

Report says Ontario patients should have access to electronic medical records

Nov 22 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he'll act on a recommendation to give patients access to their electronic medical records as the province updates the mandate of eHealth Ontario. The Liberal government's privatization czar, Ed Clark, recommended eHealth's role be refocused more on service delivery, and said patients should be able to interact with their own […]

Ontario advises other provinces to keep an eye on hydro bills as coal phased out

Nov 21 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario has some advice for its fellow provinces as they move to meet the federal government's newly unveiled goal of eliminating coal-fired power generation in Canada by 2030: keep an eye on those electricity bills. The province's Liberal government likes to boast that shutting down coal plants has all but eliminated Ontario's once-ubiquitous smog days, making life […]