Ontario government appoints special adviser on flooding

OTTAWA ⁠— Ontario has appointed a special adviser on flooding to recommend ways the province can reduce the impacts of flooding and help communities deal with them. Doug McNeil is a former Manitoba deputy minister of infrastructure and transportation and…

Ontario government writes off $445M in old Chrysler debt from bailout

TORONTO – Ontario has written off $445 million as uncollectable debt from Chrysler, following the 2009 automaker bailout. The federal and provincial governments loaned billions to Chrysler to rescue the company and save thousands of jobs during the recession. Story…

Premier Ford cancels cellphone after too many calls from ‘special interest groups’

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford has cancelled his cellphone after his office says he was inundated with calls from special interest groups. The premier has given out his cell number for months and has long touted it as a…

Another appointee linked to former Ford chief of staff Dean French resigns

TORONTO – Another appointee of Doug Ford‘s government has resigned after the Opposition uncovered his ties to the Ontario premier’s former chief of staff. A spokeswoman for Ford confirmed that Ian Neita, who was appointed to the board of Workplace…

Ontario government appointee resigns after reported ties to Dean French

TORONTO – The head of a committee that helps appoint justices of the peace has resigned after reports that he has ties to the premier’s former chief of staff. Premier Doug Ford’s office says it had been reviewing Andrew Suboch’s…

Empty properties: Money laundering and housing affordability in GTA

Ontario MPPs have left Queen’s Park for their annual summer hiatus, but the problem of money laundering and how it affects housing affordability lingers. According to a report by Transparency International Canada released in March, money laundering through real estate…

Ontario government to stop funding subsidy for discounted GTA transit fares

TORONTO – The Ontario government will be cutting a subsidy that provides discounted fares for riders using both GO Transit and Toronto’s transit system in the same trip. Regional transit agency Metrolinx is now trying to work with the Toronto…

Lisa MacLeod straitjacket cartoon draws criticism for stigmatizing mental health issues

The Toronto Star and a Halifax artist are being criticized over the publication of an editorial cartoon depicting Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Lisa MacLeod. Published in Monday’s edition of the paper, the cartoon shows MacLeod in a straitjacket being…

Critics of accident insurance reform say Ontario drivers not protected in case of a serious crash

In a hospital room on the eighth floor of North York General Hospital, Bella De Bartolo is worried about her husband’s future after he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a flying tire. De Bartolo is also concerned about whether…