Mar 4 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — The deputy OPP commissioner who blew the whistle on Premier Doug Ford’s push for a special travel van with a reclining sofa and his profane tirade about rotating bodyguards has been fired, the Star has learned. Brad Blair’s employment was terminated Monday.
Feb 26 2019 — Rob Ferguson — CBC — Doug Ford went on a profane tirade about his rotating security detail and his office sought $50,696 in custom modifications for a premier’s police van, including a reclining leather sofa, mini-fridge, 32-inch TV, Blu-ray DVD player and wide swivel chairs, according to court documents. The details are in documents filed by a lawyer for Ontario […]
Jan 31 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — A confidential draft bill from Premier Doug Ford’s government would establish a health “super agency” to create “efficiencies” in the system and empower cabinet to privatize more services and sell medical data, according to a leaked copy. The new “super agency” to oversee health care was first revealed by the Star on Jan. 17.
Jan 29 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Ontario’s sole remaining buck-a-beer brewery is scaling back its dollar suds to long weekends only. Cool Beer Brewing Co. of Etobicoke has informed Premier Doug Ford’s government it will raise the price of its lager to $1.25 per bottle effective Feb. 11, corporate development officer Kevin Meens told the Star on Tuesday.
Jan 23 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Just seven months after winning a majority government, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have formed an “election readiness committee” to get ready for the 2022 vote. The nine-member team includes major players from last spring’s campaign and new party president Brian Patterson, along with Ford chief of staff Dean French. There is one woman in […]
Jan 15 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — A former chief of staff to Dalton McGuinty who was sentenced to four months in jail for wiping computer hard drives in a previous Liberal government’s $1.1 billion gas-plants scandal has dropped an appeal of his conviction. David Livingston, convicted a year ago this week, withdrew the challenge last fall, according to a court document […]
Dec 31 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Turning the page on a disastrous 2018, Ontario Liberals have big decisions to make as the party grapples with millions in debt and ponders when to pick a new leader. There are two schools of thought, each with pros and cons — a spring and summer leadership race with a September vote before the Oct. […]
Dec 17 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — The odds are against Toronto police veteran Ron Taverner ever being able to effectively lead the OPP because controversy over his friendship with Premier Doug Ford has done irreversible damage, policing experts say. Concerns about potential conflicts of interest will always linger, several law enforcement sources said Sunday.
Dec 16 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — New Democrats are vowing to stall back-to-work legislation aimed at preventing a strike by 6,000 hydro workers when MPPs are called back to Queen’s Park Monday, interrupting a Christmas break that began a week ago. Premier Doug Ford short-circuited any chance for a negotiated settlement when his government indicated the bill will be introduced, Deputy […]
Nov 26 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Premier Doug Ford is under fire for pushing for extra unemployment insurance benefits instead of fighting for jobs as General Motors plans to shut its Oshawa auto assembly operations next year. “We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure they get back on their feet,” Ford said Monday after the automaker officially announced that 2,600 […]
Nov 20 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff ordered senior political aides to direct police to raid outlaw cannabis stores the day marijuana became legal and to show “people in handcuffs,” the Star has learned. The edict from Dean French — an unelected political aide — in two conference calls the morning of Oct. 17 met stiff […]
Nov 18 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — A veteran party organizer who enjoyed Premier Doug Ford’s support won the presidency of the Progressive Conservatives on Sunday, defeating a grassroots activist who made his name battling former leader Patrick Brown. A majority of party delegates cast ballots for Brian Patterson at a weekend convention in Etobicoke, where members from across Ontario celebrated the […]
Nov 15 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Premier Doug Ford repeatedly evaded questions Wednesday on news reports his chief of staff ordered Ontario Power Generation to fire a former top aide to ousted Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, fanning speculation about political interference. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath pressed the premier in the legislature’s daily question period to “confirm or deny” the role […]
Nov 14 2018 — Rob Ferguson — Toronto Star — Private cannabis stores can open within 150 metres of schools under new regulations posted by Premier Doug Ford’s government — something he had promised not to allow. “I won’t put it besides schools like you did,” Ford said in a spring election debate to then-premier Kathleen Wynne. The Liberal government had planned to open its […]