National Newswatch

Ontario government tight-lipped on severance for fired senior bureaucrat

Jul 5 2019 — Rob Ferguson — The Ontario government is keeping mum on how much severance Peter Fenwick will get after being fired as the province’s first “strategic transformation adviser” the same day the Star uncovered his two-decade business relationship with Premier Doug Ford’s former chief of staff. Fenwick, who started the job last November, was paid more than the premier, […]

‘No indication’ that Doug Ford influenced OPP firing, ethics watchdog says

May 7 2019 — Rob Ferguson — Ontario’s integrity commissioner is citing “insufficient grounds” to investigate an NDP allegation that Premier Doug Ford violated ethics legislation by approving the firing of OPP deputy commissioner Brad Blair. New Democrat MPP Kevin Yarde charged in March that Ford breached the Members’ Integrity Act by using his office to influence the decision to terminate Blair, […]

Doug Ford names election readiness team for 2022

Jan 23 2019 — Rob Ferguson — 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 […]

NDP vows to stall Ford government legislation to block hydro strike

Dec 16 2018 — Rob Ferguson — 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 […]