Doug Ford moves ahead with Ontario municipal funding cuts in 2020

TORONTO – Ontario will move ahead with its controversial municipal funding cuts for public health and child care next year. Premier Doug Ford is expected to make the announcement later today at a gathering of municipal leaders in Ottawa. His…

Local OPSEU branch to hold rally in Ottawa calling for increased autism services

Members of Ontario’s public service union will be holding a rally in Ottawa on Thursday calling for the province to increase public autism services. “The Ford government’s changes to the Ontario Autism Program [have] caused enormous distress to families and…

Legal aid cuts prompt Ontario-wide day of action

A province-wide day of action saw many Ontarians rallying against cuts against legal aid services, announced by the Ford government earlier this year. More than 40 events took place on Tuesday — ranging from protests to events discussing the changes…

Federal justice minister swats back at Ontario attorney general over legal aid spending

OTTAWA – Federal Justice Minister David Lametti says the Ontario government’s rejecting shared responsibility for legal aid as an “excuse for spending cuts” will leave many of the province’s most vulnerable at greater risk. In a letter sent today to…

Fedeli, Mulroney and MacLeod demoted after Ford shuffles cabinet

Vic Fedeli has been removed as Ontario Finance Minister in one of the many major changes to come out of Premier Doug Ford‘s cabinet shuffle Thursday. The reset comes just after Ford and his Progressive Conservatives marked the one-year anniversary of…

825 positions to be cut, over 400 pink slips to be handed out at Ontario health agencies Wednesday

Global News has learned 416 layoff notices will be handed out on Wednesday morning to employees at health agencies across the province. Story continues below The agencies include those that will be merged into the health super agency the government…

Autism treatment centre hands out 291 staff notices amid changes to Ontario autism services

A total of 291 staff at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development have received notices that their positions are affected by recent changes to the way the Ontario government funds autism services. Story continues below In a statement to Global…

Bail hearings will no longer be covered by Legal Aid Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario has instructed the province’s lawyers they will no longer be paid to represent clients at bail hearings, effective immediately. “Certificate lawyers may no longer bill for bail hearings on block fees. On these matters, duty counsel will…

​Kiefer Sutherland lashes out at Premier Doug Ford: ‘You, sir, are no Tommy Douglas’

Canadian actor, producer and director Kiefer Sutherland lashed out at Premier Doug Ford and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod on Monday for using his grandfather Tommy Douglas’ name to support the Ontario government’s agenda. Story continues below On May 31,…

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario mean asylum seekers are on their own, refugee lawyer says

Phones are ringing off the hook at FCJ Refugee Centre and people are lining in the entrance. On the front door, a sign reads “My door is open for refugees.” “The refugee claimants are going to be in a situation…