Highlights/Doug Ford

Economy, Politics, Society

Ford halves funding for Ontario public library services

During the campaign that saw him win Ontario’s provincial election last June, Doug Ford took dead aim at government spending. It wasn’t just talk. Courtesy of Maclean’s magazine, here is a brief look at the cost-cutting measures Ford has taken» 

Economy, Politics

Ontario budget: deficit, booze and new licence plates

Canada’s largest province won’t have a balanced budget for the next five years, but Ontarians will have to get used to some gradual fiscal belt-tightening even as the provincial Progressive Conservative government relaxes Ontario’s restrictive alcohol rules. The budget presented» 

Economy, Health, Politics, Society

Rift grows between Ontario and federal government

The federal government has introduced legislation to protect about 900,000 vulnerable workers grappling with in the new economy. The changes would be contained in updates to the Canadian Labour Code and would affect  workers in telecommunications, airlines, trucking and banks,» 

Economy, Environment, Health, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Greenpeace sues Ontario to maintain cap-and-trade rules

Greenpeace Canada is going to court to try to stop an Ontario government plan to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system. Premier Doug Ford announced plans in July to end the system that forces large companies to buy allowances for carbon» 

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Statue of Sir John A. staying in Victoria despite Ontario offer

So maybe the story about removing the statue of Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, from in front of city hall in Victoria, B. C. over the weekend has legs after all. Turns out Ontario’s new populist premier,» 

Environment, International, Politics

Ontario vote will hamper prime minister’s efforts on climate change

Voters in the province of Ontario have sent a stinging rebuke to the ruling Liberal Party reducing it to a rump, and they voted massively for populist Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives. Ford has promised to take Ontario out» 

Politics, Society

Former Tory leader Brown out of Ontario election race

What a difference a couple of months makes in politics. Just ask Patrick Brown, the erstwhile leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. In January, it appeared Brown might be bound for the premiership of Canada’s largest province, given the unpopularity» 

Politics, Society

Voting begins to elect a new Tory leader in Ontario

Online voting is underway to elect the new leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party. It began Friday at 9 a.m. and will run until next Thursday evening. The winner of the race among Tanya Granic Allen, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford» 

Politics, Society

Former PM Mulroney’s daughter about to enter political fray

Who says politics isn’t a family business? A son of a former prime minister currently holds Canada’s top political political job. Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, served two terms as the country’s leader–from 1968 to 1979 and from 1980» 

Politics, Society

Toronto city council rejects naming stadium for Rob Ford

Rob Ford, who gained world-wide notoriety in 2013 when as mayor of Toronto he became embroiled in a substance scandal and refused to step down, will not have a football stadium named after him–at least for now. Toronto’s city council»