Ontario Politics

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.

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.