National Newswatch

Former federal cabinet minister leaves Ontario role over proposed environment laws

Dec 6 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — A former Conservative federal cabinet minister and Toronto mayor has stepped down as head of Ontario's Greenbelt Council in protest over proposed rules he says would gut environmental protections in the province. David Crombie says his resignation, which takes effect immediately, comes in response to measures contained in the Progressive Conservatives' omnibus budget bill tabled […]

First Nations take Ontario government to court over environmental protections

Sep 23 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — Several Indigenous groups are taking the Ontario government to court over recently rescinded environmental protections, arguing the province's move violates their constitutional rights. The claim comes in a notice of application filed this week by nine northern Ontario First Nations and associations. The application states that Premier Doug Ford's government reversed decades of environmental progress and protections for […]

Ontario reports 365 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, one new death

Sep 20 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — The steady rise in Ontario's COVID-19 caseload continued on Sunday, though at a slightly slower pace than the previous two days, when diagnoses reached levels not seen for months. The province recorded 365 new COVID-19 cases and one new death over the past 24 hours. The daily tally, while still considerably higher than numbers the province was […]

Ford prepared to ask surgeons to start working weekends to clear backlog

Sep 10 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — Ontario's surgeons may be asked to start working weekends in order to clear a major backlog of procedures delayed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the premier said Thursday as he pledged funding to help tackle the issue. Doug Ford's comments came nine days after modelling research painted a stark picture of surgery […]

Ford ready to act to curb ‘slow creep’ in COVID-19 cases in hard-hit regions

Sep 4 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — A region west of Toronto comprising roughly three per cent of Ontario's population currently accounts for nearly half of the province's new COVID-19 diagnoses, Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he raised the prospect of rolling back reopening measures to contain the situation. The latest figures showed Peel Region, a long-standing hotspot for the novel […]

Canada trails other rich countries in caring for kids: reports

Sep 3 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — A pair of newly released reports collectively argue Canada was failing to provide healthy, safe childhoods prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, setting kids up to be hit particularly hard by the global outbreak. New rankings from the Canadian chapter of UNICEF say Canada's children have worse physical and mental health than their peers in most […]

Toronto woman to continue pressing late mom’s human rights case

Sep 2 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — Veronica Gerber was set to go before Ontario's human rights tribunal on Monday in a bid to see her mother more often during the COVID-19 pandemic. But three days before the case was to be heard, Dorothea Gerber, 82, died at the Toronto long-term care facility where she had lived for more than […]

Glitches a virtual certainty as classes resume, but lessons to be learned

Aug 29 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — The technical glitches and occasional outages that will almost certainly be part of this year's virtual school experience in Ontario may also prove to be teachable moments for educators and students alike, according to various experts in the field. School boards, teachers and researchers say recent failures of key online learning platforms demonstrate the volatility […]

Federal government gives Ontario $381 million to help with back-to-school plan

Aug 26 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — Ontario's controversial back-to school plan received an infusion of cash from the federal government on Wednesday, with at least $381 million being added to what Premier Doug Ford has already earmarked for the upcoming return to class. The federal contribution met with widespread praise, but provincial opposition critics continued to take Ford to […]

Ontario, federal governments announce $234.6M in new funding for child care

Aug 7 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — Ontario's child-care centres will be receiving about three per cent of a major influx of cash from the federal government meant to help cope with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the province's premier said Friday. Doug Ford said $234.6 million would start flowing to licensed daycare providers, First Nations Child and Family Programs […]

Ford urges Ontarians to buy local in retaliation for U.S. aluminum tariffs

Aug 7 2020 — Michelle McQuigge — TORONTO — Ontario's premier dove into the simmering trade battle between Canada and the United States on Friday, slamming the American president for disloyalty while urging the province's residents to join the fight by supporting local industry. Doug Ford's comments came on the heels of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to reinstate 10-per-cent tariffs on aluminum […]