National Newswatch

Health advocacy group asks Ontario to tax vapes to cut down on teen use

Jan 22 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A national health advocacy group says higher taxes on vaping products in Ontario would combat rising use among teenagers and create a revenue stream to tackle the costs of addiction. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has asked Premier Doug Ford's government to include a tax hike between 20 and 30 per cent in its spring budget. The group's senior […]

Health advocacy group asks Ontario to tax vapes to cut down on teen use

Jan 22 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A national health advocacy group says higher taxes on vaping products in Ontario would combat rising use among teenagers and create a revenue stream to tackle the costs of addiction. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has asked Premier Doug Ford's government to include a tax hike between 20 and 30 per cent in its spring budget. The group's senior […]

Public health restructuring should be negotiated, not forced, report states

Jan 21 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Any merger of health units must be negotiated and not forced, public health officials in Peterborough, Ont., said Tuesday as they urged Premier Doug Ford's government to let communities drive service amalgamations. The recommendation is one of a series included in a discussion paper released Tuesday by the city's board of health at a rural municipalities' conference in Toronto. The board chairman of […]

Public health restructuring should be negotiated, not forced, report states

Jan 21 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Any merger of health units must be negotiated and not forced, public health officials in Peterborough, Ont., said Tuesday as they urged Premier Doug Ford's government to let communities drive service amalgamations. The recommendation is one of a series included in a discussion paper released Tuesday by the city's board of health at a rural municipalities' conference in Toronto. The board chairman of […]

‘No surprises’ in coming Ontario budget, Ford tells rural leaders

Jan 20 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — There will be "no surprises" for municipalities in Ontario's spring budget, Premier Doug Ford said Monday, sounding a conciliatory tone following the cuts to services and programs that infuriated local leaders last year. Ford made the comments during a speech at a conference of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association taking place in Toronto two months ahead of the release of […]

‘No surprises’ in coming Ontario budget, Ford tells rural leaders

Jan 20 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — There will be "no surprises" for municipalities in Ontario's spring budget, Premier Doug Ford said Monday, sounding a conciliatory tone following the cuts to services and programs that infuriated local leaders last year. Ford made the comments during a speech at a conference of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association taking place in Toronto two months ahead of the release of […]

Elementary teachers’ union announces job action set for next Wednesday

Jan 17 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's schools appear poised to experience a series of labour disruptions next week, as the province's largest teachers' union announced Friday it's taking further job action and no new talks are scheduled with Premier Doug Ford's government. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says it will expand its planned rotating strikes to a third day next […]

Elementary teachers’ union announces job action set for next Wednesday

Jan 17 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's schools appear poised to experience a series of labour disruptions next week, as the province's largest teachers' union announced Friday it's taking further job action and no new talks are scheduled with Premier Doug Ford's government. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario says it will expand its planned rotating strikes to a third day next […]

Ford criticizes teachers’ union leaders, says he won’t give in to salary demands

Jan 16 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford blamed union leaders Thursday for the public school teachers' escalating job actions, saying they were holding parents "hostage" and hurting the province's economy. Ford also vowed to not give in to the union's demands for a two per cent wage increase, which the government maintains is a key issue in the stalled bargaining negotiations […]

Ford criticizes teachers’ union leaders, says he won’t give in to salary demands

Jan 16 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford blamed union leaders Thursday for the public school teachers' escalating job actions, saying they were holding parents "hostage" and hurting the province's economy. Ford also vowed to not give in to the union's demands for a two per cent wage increase, which the government maintains is a key issue in the stalled bargaining negotiations […]

Former Ontario Tory Amanda Simard joins Liberals

Jan 16 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An Ontario politician who quit the Progressive Conservatives to protest cuts to francophone services is joining the provincial Liberals, saying her old party changed under the leadership of Premier Doug Ford. Amanda Simard had spent more than year sitting with no party affiliation. She and interim Liberal leader John Fraser made the announcement Thursday. Simard made headlines […]

Ford government to compensate parents affected by teachers’ strikes

Jan 15 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford's government is promising to compensate the parents of children affected by rotating teachers' strikes, a move the educators' union leaders called a "bribe" to win support in the midst of stalled labour negotiations. Under the plan, parents whose kids aren't yet enrolled in school but attend school-based child-care centres affected by the strikes […]

Ford government to compensate parents affected by teachers’ strikes

Jan 15 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford's government is promising to compensate the parents of children affected by rotating teachers' strikes, a move the educators' union leaders called a "bribe" to win support in the midst of stalled labour negotiations. Under the plan, parents whose kids aren't yet enrolled in school but attend school-based child-care centres affected by the strikes […]