National Newswatch

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 […]

Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by delays in starting trail

Nov 20 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial, but Crown attorneys say the government had made the situation worse. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last July in what is known as the Jordan decision that […]

Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by delays in starting trail

Nov 20 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial, but Crown attorneys say the government had made the situation worse. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last July in what is known as the Jordan decision that […]

Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by delays in starting trial

Nov 20 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial, but Crown attorneys say the government had made the situation worse. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last July in what is known as the Jordan decision that […]

Ontario tries to stop criminal charges being stayed by delays in starting trial

Nov 20 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario's ministry of the attorney general is reviewing thousands of criminal charges that could be stayed or withdrawn because cases are taking too long to get to trial, but Crown attorneys say the government had made the situation worse. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled last July in what is known as the Jordan decision that […]

‘They need us nearly as much as we need them,’ Ontario minister says of the U.S.

Nov 16 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — A senior Ontario cabinet minister says it's too soon to worry about Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric against NAFTA and other trade agreements. Trump promised during the U.S. presidential election campaign that he would repeal or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called "the worst trade deal in history." Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid says […]

‘They need us nearly as much as we need them,’ Ontario minister says of the U.S.

Nov 16 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — A senior Ontario cabinet minister says it's too soon to worry about Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric against NAFTA and other trade agreements. Trump promised during the U.S. presidential election campaign that he would repeal or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he called "the worst trade deal in history." Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid says […]

Shorter wait times at Ontario hospital emergency departments: Report

Nov 15 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — A review of Ontario's hospital emergency departments finds most patients get to see a doctor quicker than they used to, but many of the sickest people spend hours or even days in hallways waiting for a bed.  Health Quality Ontario said people are seeing doctors faster when they go to a hospital emergency room and their visits […]

Ontario land transfer tax rebate doubled to $4,000 for first-time homebuyers

Nov 14 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario is doubling the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 in an effort to help them enter the housing market, but it is also raising the same tax on homes that sell for over $2 million. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said first-time homebuyers won't pay any land transfer tax on the […]

Ontario land transfer tax rebate doubled to $4,000 for first-time homebuyers

Nov 14 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario is doubling the rebate on its land transfer tax for first-time homebuyers to $4,000 in an effort to help them enter the housing market, but it is also raising the same tax on homes that sell for over $2 million. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said first-time homebuyers won't pay any land transfer tax on the […]

Wynne says Ontario will make small change to help first-time home buyers

Nov 10 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government's plan to help first-time home buyers get into the red-hot Toronto housing market consists of "minor adjustments," not a major change. The provincial Liberal government had said it would announce the strategy next week, but Wynne downplayed expectations Tuesday of broader action to address soaring home prices in the Greater Toronto Area. […]

Wynne says Ontario will make small change to help first-time home buyers

Nov 10 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government's plan to help first-time home buyers get into the red-hot Toronto housing market consists of "minor adjustments," not a major change. The provincial Liberal government had said it would announce the strategy next week, but Wynne downplayed expectations Tuesday of broader action to address soaring home prices in the Greater Toronto Area. […]

Ontario will outline plans next week to deal with rising home prices

Nov 8 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will take steps next week to deal with rising house prices in the Toronto area, but it will not follow British Columbia's lead and impose a tax on foreign buyers. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday that "something must be done" to deal with soaring home prices in Toronto, especially for first-time buyers who […]

Ontario will outline plans next week to deal with rising home prices

Nov 8 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Ontario will take steps next week to deal with rising house prices in the Toronto area, but it will not follow British Columbia's lead and impose a tax on foreign buyers. Finance Minister Charles Sousa said Tuesday that "something must be done" to deal with soaring home prices in Toronto, especially for first-time buyers who […]

Grandparents push again for access to grandchildren in custody disputes

Nov 6 2016 — Keith Leslie — TORONTO — Some grandparents in Ontario are making another attempt to change the province's Children's Law Reform Act to ensure they get access to their grandchildren when parents separate or divorce. An estimated 75,000 Ontario grandparents have been denied access to about 112,000 children, which they say causes needless alienation, pain and suffering. A private member's bill from New […]