Ontario Politics

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.

The Ontario PCs Are Shaping Up To Be A One-Man Show

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

As an MP in Ottawa, he supported a private member's bill that attempted to restrict a women's right to choose. A decade ago, as a newly elected MP, he voted against same-sex marriage. In the decade he has been an MP in Ottawa, he has not moved past his backbench status, freeing him to build a coalition for an eventual leadership run.

Ontario's Public Sector Accountability Problem

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Saqib Qureshi

Forcillo and Yatim didn't live in a vacuum. Ontario has hundreds of thousands of public sector employees, and millions of citizens. The point that is conveniently missed is the lack of accountability in Ontario is not something unique to the relationship between police and citizen. It's not as if the police has a unique culture, interfacing with a society that the rest of the public sector doesn't engage. Accountability is a two-way process. We have a cultural accountability problem.

Ontario's Plan To Rebuild Nuclear Plants Is Reckless And Irresponsible

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

The Ontario Liberals are betting $13 billion of your dollars on rebuilding the Darlington Nuclear Station. It is so risky that no private company will fully insure nuclear plants, and it prompted Standard & Poor's to downgrade Ontario Power Generation's credit rating in 2012. But whatever the reason, the Liberals are failing to capitalize on economic opportunities for Ontario. This means we risk missing out on the global renewable energy revolution. Investors and countries are acting now to take advantage of dramatically falling prices for renewable energy.

Ontario Carding Regulation Condemned By Activists, Police

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics

"Every black man in a hoodie can be unfairly questioned."

Ontario Has Become 'A Major Hub' For Trafficking Young Girls

CP | Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics

"I don't think any of us were prepared for what we heard."

Organized Crime Profits Off Ontario's Illegal Tobacco Problem

Gary Grant | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Gary Grant

Ontario's economy may be sluggish, but the black market for illegal cigarettes is thriving. The rising sale of contraband tobacco has reached a critical level -- in fact, the province has the worst illegal cigarette problem in Canada by far.

Criticism of Religion Should Not Lead To Discrimination

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

Most Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. Yet, after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, we have seen a marked spike in hate crimes against Muslims. Less extreme, but likely more pervasive than overt attacks are new stereotypes that view all religious people as inherently backward, less tolerant, less informed, or closed-minded. This is a different form of prejudice that appears to be socially acceptable in our more secular society, and among many otherwise "progressive" or "liberal" individuals.

Why We Still Need Human Rights Institutions

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

The human rights landscape has changed dramatically since 1962, when the Ontario Human Rights Commission was created. There are now parallel human right institutions federally and in every province and territory, and numerous international human rights treaties to which Canada is a party. In Ontario, most people are ambivalent or simply don't know about the OHRC, its role, and its work. This is ironic because some of the issues that have captivated Ontarians in recent years clearly fall within the OHRC's jurisdiction and are issues on which the Commission has been actively engaged.

Let's Call Ontario Teachers' Action The Strike It Actually Is

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 10.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Elementary teachers in Ontario have now escalated what they are calling "work-to-rule" job action by withdrawing from extracurricular activities for students. Parents, students and now even the Premier are getting frustrated with the hold-out union. The Premier has stated that if an agreement is not reached with Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) by November 1st, she may approve docking teachers' pay.

Bill To Legalize Uber, AirBnb In Ontario Passes Second Reading

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Business

The bill now has to go to committee to be studied before it has a chance at becoming law.

A Winning Smile For Wynne in Ontario

Peter Landry | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There is no doubt that one of the biggest winners in the federal election was Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. Having spent much political capital in...

Ontario's Family Doctors-in-Training Are Leaving the Province

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brenna Velker

The government is reducing the number of training spots for family physicians in the coming years. And now they are implementing cuts and clawbacks that are not only resulting in established physicians packing up and leaving the province, but our new grads are planning to leave in droves. The future isn't as bright as we once thought, and if something isn't done to prevent the loss of our physicians in training, it will only get much worse.

The Ontario Health Minister's Math Doesn't Add Up

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Health Minister Eric Hoskins is correct to some extent: Ontario physicians are paid more today than they were a decade ago -- but to what extent is unclear. What evidence is there that proves we got a 61 per cent raise? I find it suspect that nobody can reproduce this number.

Changes to Ontario 'Death Tax' Puts Additional Burden on Grieving Families

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

When a person dies, their assets are managed by an estate representative. In most cases, that person is the grieving spouse or children. Ontario has the highest Estate Administration Tax (EAT) the country. The EAT was previously called a "probate fee," but in this rare instance of honesty the Ontario government has changed the name to reflect what it really is -- an estate tax. Failure to comply with these new burdensome rules can result in fines starting at $1,000, imprisonment for up to two years, or both.

Why Wynne Weighing in on Election May Be a Win for Liberals After All

Peter Landry | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There has been some controversy about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne warring with Stephen Harper in the battle for federal votes in Ontario -- The other parties' partisans have argued that it is unseemly for a premier to partake this way in a federal election. They doth protest too much, methinks.

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.