Ontario Politics

Wynne Announces Funding For Hospital-Based Sex Assault Treatment Centres

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario's Liberal government will provide $1.1 million a year for the next three years to support hospital-based sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres.

Ontario Demands Feds Drop Opposition To Provincial Pension Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Politics

With a federal election call looming, Ontario is demanding the Conservative government drop its opposition to the creation of a provincial pension plan.

Pan Am Poured Taxpayer Funds Down the Drain

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Those sparkling Pan Am cars sitting unused in lots under the Gardiner were sparkling for a reason. Instead of collecting dust, these vehicles were treated to regular washes at Big Wax and Imperial Oil. Throughout the games, Pan Am vehicles can be seen regularly rolling through these same car wash facilities.

Ontario Is in the Middle of a Booze Revolution

Aaron Binder | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

In a landmark legal filing, Jesse Razaqpur and Charles Benoit, owners of the Toronto Distillery Company, have sued the LCBO over what they claim is the unfair practice of enforcing distillers to sell their product for the same price as at LCBO retail stores and then pay the same markup amount in tax to the LCBO. It goes without saying that this court case could hold sweeping consequences for the LCBO should the Ontario Superior Court rule in favour of the Toronto Distillery and other, larger distillers begin to seek similar legal action.

Ontario Can Look to Greece to See the Dangers of an Underground Economy

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Business
Christine Van Geyn

The Greek failure to successfully address tax evasion should prove instructive to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who in 2014 pledged to crack down on tax cheats. Greek measures to tackle evasion with enforcement have resulted in only small improvements. An enforcement only strategy should not be the model Ontario follows for tackling the underground economy. Relying on enforcement and punishment squeezes legitimate businesses who are already faced with high compliance costs and tax and regulatory burdens.

Ontario To Regulate Controversial Police Checks

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario's Liberal government will bring in regulations to standardize police street checks, a controversial tactic known in Toronto as cardi...

Ontario Legislature To Add More MPPs

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.07.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario will get 15 additional members of the provincial legislature after the 2018 election because of its growing population.

No Contempt Of Parliament In Hydro One Dealings: Speaker

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Politics

The Speaker of the Ontario legislature has ruled that there was no contempt of parliament in the Hydro One dealings with the provincial ombudsman and the government.

Ontario Government Faces Lawsuit Over Toddler's Death

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Politics

Eva Ravikovich's parents launched a $3.5-million lawsuit against the Ministry of Education and the owners and operators of the daycare in Vaughan, Ont.

Ontario Has a Cross-Border Alcohol Problem

Aaron Binder | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

Consumers in border cities are able to take advantage of considerable price differences, albeit at risk of being caught by a border agent and forced to pay duty tax. The rest of the province should only be so lucky to experience an American liquor store with selection of depth and width far above and beyond what the LCBO offers.

Ontario Announces New Greenhouse Gas Target

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics

Ontario has announced its latest target in the province's drive to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

New Ontario PC Leader To Be Named Saturday

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Progressive Conservatives find out Saturday who they elected to lead Ontario's official Opposition party after a relatively uneventful seven...

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.

Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs in 2013 alone. Yet, the climate crisis is rarely talked about at Queen's Park. The lone exception is Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, who has stirred up controversy with reports pointing out that Ontario has no plan to meet its 2020 or 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

John Laforet | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.

Why I'm Not Afraid Of My Kid Learning About Penises And Vaginas

Rebecca Zamon | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Rebecca Zamon

Whenever the topic of sex education and children comes up, there's an inevitable outcry from parents, politicians, and religious figures, who either think that (a) this should be taught at home, (b) the topics being taught are "inappropriate," or (c) teachers will do it wrong. All of which, frankly, don't speak to the realities of what's happening with kids right now. There's a reason people joke about kids playing "doctor" -- it's because kids are curious about their bodies, and the feelings they get from them, as much as adults are. They just don't have the knowledge to help them along the way. So hey, wouldn't it be great if they could get that someplace safe and educational, like say, school?

Why I Stand By Premier Wynne Despite the Sudbury By-Election Allegations

Jonathan Scott | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Do I wish this scenario hadn't happened? Yes. Do I feel the Opposition is making hypocritical hay out of a situation they've done many times themselves? Yes. Does it bother me that the Premier is under fire? Yes. But I also respect her defiance, her honesty and her insistence that she tackle the issue head on, herself, clearly and in public. She's taking responsibility and sticking to her guns. I'd expect no less.

Why Ontarians Shouldn't Trust Wynne With Our Retirements

John Laforet | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
John Laforet

It is laughable that the Ontario Liberals are scolding residents of the province for not putting enough away for their own retirements when the Government has so chronically underfunded it's own defined benefit pension plans that they look more like Ponzi schemes than retirement benefits.

For True Reform, Ask Women What They Need To Feel Safe

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

If a woman decides to leave the organization because of what she perceives to be a lingering toxic atmosphere, she will often have problems finding another job. Why? Nobody gets a good reference from an employer that was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint. Yet, human rights tribunals and the courts have made reprisals for asserting the right to be free from sexual harassment one of the most difficult types of discrimination to prove.

Ontario, Don't Dump Our Money Into Rebuilding an Outdated Power Station

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

No nuclear project in Ontario's history has delivered on time or on budget. No private company will insure nuclear plants because the risks are too high. TD Bank CEO Ed Clark says Darlington "carries enormous risks."

The Great Toronto Dream Is at Stake on October 27

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

The city we love is at stake, and one wonders if our city ever dreamed we would arrive at such a critically defining moment. We are often referred to...

It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

Daniel Dickin | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.

I Want My Carbon Cheque

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

I want the government to send me my carbon cheque. And I think most people want theirs too. You don't need to be a climate scientist to know that extreme weather events are threatening your quality of life and costing you money. Dragging our feet on putting a price on carbon pollution is no longer an option.

Ontario's Liberals Should Care More About Child Poverty Than Hydro Handouts

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Playing the blame game won't help the 371,000 children currently living in poverty in Ontario. It's time for the Liberals to look in the mirror. The money is there. But the Wynne and McGuinty governments have chosen political self-interest over reducing childhood poverty.

Millennials: The Ontario Election Is About You - Vote!

Beth Elder | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Beth Elder

There is no doubt that youth engagement is a catch 22. Political parties with limited resources tailor their message to rally their base rather than reach new supporters. Youth don't vote, so they continue to be overlooked. If politics seems irrelevant to your life and campaigns don't address your concerns then why pay attention? On June 12 we need you to answer back.