National Newswatch

‘Ontario is in a recession’: Ontario now projecting $38.5-billion deficit in 2020-21

Aug 12 2020 — Laura Stone — The Ontario government’s deficit will balloon to $38.5-billion in 2021, almost double the size predicted in March, as Finance Minister Rod Phillips declared the province is in a recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Progressive Conservative government released its first quarter financial report on Wednesday, which revealed it will now spend $30-billion […]

Ontario’s construction industry pushes for wearable COVID-19 tracing app

Aug 4 2020 — Laura Stone — A labour union representing Ontario’s construction industry says its members won’t use the federal government’s new COVID-19 tracking app because it requires the use of smartphones, which are prohibited on job sites for safety reasons. Instead, Joseph Mancinelli, the international vice-president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), is urging the government to […]

Ontario appoints Jane Philpott to lead pandemic data effort

Jun 4 2020 — Laura Stone — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government has appointed former federal cabinet minister Jane Philpott to lead its pandemic data effort, in a bid to better integrate the province’s fragmented health care system in the face of the COVID-19 fight. Dr. Philpott, a family physician and former health minister in Justin Trudeau’s government, will serve as the province’s […]

Premier Ford says Ontario preparing for ‘gradual’ economic reopening as modelling shows pandemic peak likely reached

Apr 20 2020 — Laura Stone — Premier Doug Ford says Ontario is preparing for the “gradual” reopening of the economy as new modelling shows the province has likely reached its peak in the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the situation in long-term care homes continues to worsen. Mr. Ford said Monday that his jobs and recovery committee, made up of key cabinet […]

Jason Kenney takes aim at immigration system as he campaigns for federal Conservatives in Toronto area

Oct 7 2019 — Laura Stone — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told a room of Chinese-Canadian supporters of the federal Conservative Party on Sunday that it’s time to bring fairness back to this country’s immigration system, arguing the Liberals have blown “huge holes” in the process. Mr. Kenney, a former federal immigration minister, spent the weekend campaigning for the federal Tories in […]

Jane Philpott, Jody Wilson-Raybould say they have surpassed their fundraising goals

Sep 26 2019 — Laura Stone — Independent candidates Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould have shut down donations to their federal election campaigns, saying their financial goals have been exceeded and they don’t need any more money. The former Liberal ministers, who resigned from cabinet and were kicked out of Justin Trudeau’s caucus over the SNC-Lavalin affair, said they have been flooded […]

Brampton’s new integrity commissioner has ties to Mayor Patrick Brown

Aug 20 2019 — Laura Stone — Brampton’s newly appointed integrity commissioner has publicly expressed support for Mayor Patrick Brown in the past and her spouse’s company did paid work for the Ontario Progressive Conservative party under the former leader. Muneeza Sheikh, a Toronto labour lawyer and frequent media contributor, was appointed by Brampton city council to the dual post of integrity […]

Scheer says he didn’t ask Ford for extended adjournment in Ontario

Jun 6 2019 — Laura Stone — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s office says it did not ask Premier Doug Ford to delay his government’s return to the Ontario Legislature until after the general election, although federal Tories acknowledge they are hearing about Mr. Ford in their ridings. The Progressive Conservative government faced backlash on Thursday over its decision to adjourn the legislature […]