National Newswatch

Ex-Ontario health minister David Caplan remembered as dedicated public servant

Jul 25 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Politicians of all stripes expressed shock and sadness Thursday at the death of former provincial health minister David Caplan, a recent colleague they described as a dedicated and hard-working public servant. Premier Doug Ford offered his condolences via Twitter to the Liberal politician's family and friends, thanking Caplan for his service to the province. […]

Letting Ontario proceed with tobacco lawsuit would be unfair to others: judge

May 2 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A judge says he refused to let the Ontario government push forward with a lawsuit against three major tobacco companies because it would give the province an unfair advantage over other governments seeking to do the same. Ontario last week asked a Toronto court to lift a stay on legal proceedings against the companies so that its […]

Funding for colleges, universities, increasingly tied to performance outcomes

Apr 11 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — The Ontario government is putting more conditions on post-secondary funding, saying money for the province's public colleges and universities will increasingly be tied to performance outcomes. In its first budget, the Progressive Conservative government said it will negotiate new agreements with 45 post-secondary institutions by the end of next March to make the […]

Highlights from the Ontario budget unveiled Thursday

Apr 11 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli presented the Progressive Conservatives' first fiscal blueprint Thursday. Here are the highlights: ___ PATH TO BALANCE The Progressive Conservatives are promising to balance the province's books in five years, which means they don't plan to eliminate the deficit within their term. The Tories say they've managed to cut […]

Ontario’s highest court sets 15-day cap on solitary confinement

Mar 28 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Ontario's top court has placed a hard cap on solitary confinement in prisons, saying inmates can no longer be isolated for more than 15 days because that amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. In a ruling released Thursday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario said prolonged administrative segregation does not hold up to constitutional scrutiny. "I reach […]

Trudeau says Canada still welcomes immigration despite plan to beef up border

Mar 21 2019 — Paola Loriggio — MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada remains welcoming to newcomers even as his government takes steps to curb the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country at unofficial entry points. Speaking at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, the prime minister said Canadians continue to be "overwhelmingly in favour" […]

College, university students walk out of class to protest funding changes

Mar 20 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Students at colleges and universities across Ontario walked out of class Wednesday to protest the government's changes to post-secondary funding, in what organizers called an escalation of student action against the plan.  The Progressive Conservative government eliminated free tuition for low-income students in January and made several once-mandatory student fees, such as those that fund campus […]

Veteran provincial politician Randy Hillier expelled from Tory caucus

Mar 15 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A provincial politician has been kicked out of the Progressive Conservative caucus days after he alleged he was being penalized for butting heads with people in the premier's inner circle. A letter written by the Tory caucus chair and provided to media on Friday said Randy Hillier had been permanently expelled following a review of his behaviour […]

Five losing jobs as offices of environment commissioner, auditor merge

Mar 15 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Five people employed by Ontario's environmental watchdog are losing their jobs as a result of the government's decision to merge the office with that of the province's auditor general. A spokeswoman for the auditor general's office said they were unable to offer positions to the five full-time employees because their roles duplicated those of existing staff members […]

Feds sign deal promising millions to Ontario First Nation facing housing crisis

Mar 14 2019 — Paola Loriggio — The federal government has finalized a deal that will deliver millions of dollars to a remote Indigenous community in northern Ontario to help tackle a housing crisis that is affecting the health of residents. Ottawa says the agreement signed Thursday represents an investment of up to $12.8 million in Cat Lake First Nation — more than the roughly $10 million promised […]

Brown book not defamatory because its contents are true, defence docs claim

Mar 12 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Patrick Brown and his publisher say the former Progressive Conservative leader's tell-all book is not defamatory because the facts laid out in it are true. Brown and Optimum Publishing International also say any opinions expressed in "Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown" are fair comment made without malice on matters of […]

CRA ordered to pay more than $60K to worker who was sexually harassed by boss

Mar 12 2019 — Paola Loriggio — The Canada Revenue Agency has been ordered to pay the maximum compensation to an Ontario employee who was sexually harassed by her boss after the federal labour board found the organization failed to take steps to prevent it from happening. A panel of the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board says the agency must pay Marilyn […]

Regulator flooded with complaints over doctors advocating gun control

Mar 8 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — A group of doctors pushing for tighter gun laws says one of its leaders has been targeted in an "organized campaign of mass harassment" fuelled by gun rights activists. Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns says dozens of complaints filed with Ontario's medical regulator are about Dr. Najma Ahmed, a Toronto trauma surgeon who treated […]

Expert panel says country needs new agency to oversee pharmacare program

Mar 6 2019 — Paola Loriggio — TORONTO — Ottawa should create a new agency to oversee the rollout of a national drug plan, a federally struck expert panel said Wednesday in laying out what it called the "building blocks" of the program. In its newly released interim report, the panel said the federal government should also develop a national list of drugs to ensure consistent […]