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Ontario ‘pauses’ homelessness count citing gaps and limitations in data

Nov 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A program aimed at measuring homelessness in Ontario has been put on hold by Premier Doug Ford's government, raising concerns that lack of access to data could prevent some municipalities from addressing the problem. The enumeration was launched by the former Liberal government in 2018 as part of a broader strategy to eliminate chronic homelessness […]

Ontario ‘pauses’ homelessness count citing gaps and limitations in data

Nov 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A program aimed at measuring homelessness in Ontario has been put on hold by Premier Doug Ford's government, raising concerns that lack of access to data could prevent some municipalities from addressing the problem. The enumeration was launched by the former Liberal government in 2018 as part of a broader strategy to eliminate chronic homelessness […]

Critics question slow pace of Ontario’s planned climate change assessment

Nov 7 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario will conduct a multi-year study to assess the impacts of climate change, but critics say the work will take too long and likely won't be complete before the next election. Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced the assessment, which will assess how climate change will affect the province's economy, environment, infrastructure and communities, on Thursday. The Progressive […]

Critics question slow pace of Ontario’s planned climate change assessment

Nov 7 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario will conduct a multi-year study to assess the impacts of climate change, but critics say the work will take too long and likely won't be complete before the next election. Environment Minister Jeff Yurek announced the assessment, which will assess how climate change will affect the province's economy, environment, infrastructure and communities, on Thursday. The Progressive […]

Ontario to allow cannabis retailers to sell online and over the phone

Nov 6 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cannabis retailers will soon be able to sell products online or over the phone for in-store pick-up as the Ontario government adopts a "click-and-connect" sales model to expand access to legal marijuana. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the proposed changes in the government's fall economic statement Wednesday, saying they will decrease waits for cannabis and help […]

Ontario to allow cannabis retailers to sell online and over the phone

Nov 6 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Cannabis retailers will soon be able to sell products online or over the phone for in-store pick-up as the Ontario government adopts a "click-and-connect" sales model to expand access to legal marijuana. Finance Minister Rod Phillips announced the proposed changes in the government's fall economic statement Wednesday, saying they will decrease waits for cannabis and help […]

Ontario fiscal update to focus on return to budget balance: Calandra

Nov 5 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The fall economic statement will showcase the Ontario government's efforts to balance the books, the Progressive Conservatives said Tuesday amid concerns about potential cuts to programs and services. Government House Leader Paul Calandra said the key fiscal document, which will be released on Wednesday, will highlight ongoing work to eliminate a projected $10.3-billion deficit for 2019-2020. […]

Doug Ford offers to host premiers’ meeting to discuss national unity

Nov 4 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — National unity was top of mind for Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday as he offered to host a meeting of provincial leaders to address what he called Western Canada's alienation in the wake of the federal election. Ford made the comments during his first news conference since the federal Liberals were re-elected last month with a minority government […]

Doug Ford offers to host premiers’ meeting to discuss national unity

Nov 4 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — National unity was top of mind for Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday as he offered to host a meeting of provincial leaders to address what he called Western Canada's alienation in the wake of the federal election. Ford made the comments during his first news conference since the federal Liberals were re-elected last month with a minority government […]

Doug Ford offers to host premiers’ meeting to discuss national unity

Nov 4 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — National unity was top of mind for Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday as he offered to host a meeting of provincial leaders to address what he called Western Canada's alienation in the wake of the federal election. Ford made the comments during his first news conference since the federal Liberals were re-elected last month with a minority government […]

Ontario making the appointments process more transparent: Bethlenfalvy

Oct 30 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Changes to the way public appointments are made in Ontario will bring more transparency to the process, the province said Wednesday, months after a patronage scandal rocked Premier Doug Ford's government. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said the changes, which come into effect on Friday, will include enhanced conflict of interest assessments and referral of some appointments to the integrity […]

Ontario making the appointments process more transparent: Bethlenfalvy

Oct 30 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Changes to the way public appointments are made in Ontario will bring more transparency to the process, the province said Wednesday, months after a patronage scandal rocked Premier Doug Ford's government. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy said the changes, which come into effect on Friday, will include enhanced conflict of interest assessments and referral of some appointments to the integrity […]