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Ontario considers bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists

Sep 20 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government will consider all options including new legislation to shield farmers from animal rights activists, the province's agriculture ministry said Friday. The assurances from Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman's office come as livestock producers press for action to prosecute those who trespass on their properties and aggressively protest at processing plants. Ministry spokesman […]

Ontario considers bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists

Sep 20 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government will consider all options including new legislation to shield farmers from animal rights activists, the province's agriculture ministry said Friday. The assurances from Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman's office come as livestock producers press for action to prosecute those who trespass on their properties and aggressively protest at processing plants. Ministry spokesman […]

Ontario Liberal caucus will soon drop to five as Lalonde wins federal nomination

Sep 20 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Ontario's provincial Liberals have lost another legislator after one of their members won the nomination to run for an Ottawa seat in next month's federal election. Marie-France Lalonde was named late Thursday night as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Orleans, the same riding she currently holds provincially. A spokeswoman said Friday that Lalonde […]

Ontario Liberal caucus will soon drop to five as Lalonde wins federal nomination

Sep 20 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Ontario's provincial Liberals have lost another legislator after one of their members won the nomination to run for an Ottawa seat in next month's federal election. Marie-France Lalonde was named late Thursday night as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Orleans, the same riding she currently holds provincially. A spokeswoman said Friday that Lalonde […]

Nearly 1,500 die from opioid overdoses last year in Ontario, up from 2017

Sep 19 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Newly released numbers show nearly 1,500 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses last year, a fact some harm-reduction workers are attributing to an increasingly tainted supply of street drugs. Statistics from Public Health Ontario released earlier this week show 1,473 people died from opioid-related causes in 2018, a jump of about 17 per cent from the previous year. The […]

Nearly 1,500 die from opioid overdoses last year in Ontario, up from 2017

Sep 19 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Newly released numbers show nearly 1,500 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses last year, a fact some harm-reduction workers are attributing to an increasingly tainted supply of street drugs. Statistics from Public Health Ontario released earlier this week show 1,473 people died from opioid-related causes in 2018, a jump of about 17 per cent from the previous year. The […]

NDP leader behind jeers at rural expo: Doug Ford

Sep 17 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — VERNER, Ont. — Premier Doug Ford picked a political fight with Ontario's opposition leader at a normally non-partisan rural expo Tuesday, accusing her of being behind a smattering of jeers he received at the event. Ford lashed out at NDP Leader Andrea Horwath during a news conference at the International Plowing Match in Verner, Ont., making the accusations which she immediately […]

NDP leader behind jeers at rural expo: Doug Ford

Sep 17 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — VERNER, Ont. — Premier Doug Ford picked a political fight with Ontario's opposition leader at a normally non-partisan rural expo Tuesday, accusing her of being behind a smattering of jeers he received at the event. Ford lashed out at NDP Leader Andrea Horwath during a news conference at the International Plowing Match in Verner, Ont., making the accusations which she immediately […]

Ex-OPP officer suing Doug Ford’s government for wrongful dismissal

Sep 13 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — A former high-ranking provincial police officer is suing the Ontario government for wrongful dismissal, alleging he was fired for speaking out against attempts to hire a friend of Premier Doug Ford's family as the province's top cop. Brad Blair also called for a public inquiry into what he alleged was a string of "corrupt" appointments in the Progressive Conservative government. In his lawsuit, the former deputy […]

Ex-OPP officer suing Doug Ford’s government for wrongful dismissal

Sep 13 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — A former high-ranking provincial police officer is suing the Ontario government for wrongful dismissal, alleging he was fired for speaking out against attempts to hire a friend of Premier Doug Ford's family as the province's top cop. Brad Blair also called for a public inquiry into what he alleged was a string of "corrupt" appointments in the Progressive Conservative government. In his lawsuit, the former deputy […]

Cuts to legal aid will end up costing more, judges tell the Ford government

Sep 11 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's attorney general defended controversial cuts to legal aid on Wednesday after some of the province's top judges said the move, which the government said was aimed at saving taxpayers money, would end up costing more down the road. Doug Downey said he was consulting with Legal Aid Ontario and its stakeholders in an effort to modernize the system, but added […]

Cuts to legal aid will end up costing more, judges tell the Ford government

Sep 11 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's attorney general defended controversial cuts to legal aid on Wednesday after some of the province's top judges said the move, which the government said was aimed at saving taxpayers money, would end up costing more down the road. Doug Downey said he was consulting with Legal Aid Ontario and its stakeholders in an effort to modernize the system, but added […]

Make broadband an essential service, rural community leader urges province

Sep 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — High-speed internet should be declared an essential service to ensure all Ontarians can enjoy the benefits of the digital economy, says the head of a group representing rural communities. Allan Thompson, the chairman of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, said broadband services should be treated the same as the provision of clean water, electricity, health care, education and […]

Make broadband an essential service, rural community leader urges province

Sep 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — High-speed internet should be declared an essential service to ensure all Ontarians can enjoy the benefits of the digital economy, says the head of a group representing rural communities. Allan Thompson, the chairman of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, said broadband services should be treated the same as the provision of clean water, electricity, health care, education and […]

Kate Graham enters Liberal leadership race

Sep 7 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A former provincial Liberal candidate from southwestern Ontario says she is running to be the party's next leader. Kate Graham, a 35-year-old Western University politics instructor, says she is entering the race to replace former premier and Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne. Graham ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in a London, Ont.-area riding, where she currently lives, during the 2018 provincial […]