Ontario premier announces funding plan for municipalities after announcing cuts to public health, child care

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Aug. 19 in Ottawa a decade-long investment plan to give $144 billion in local projects across the province over time. This announcement came hours after Ontario said it would move ahead with some of…

Premier Doug Ford wants answers on mental health detainee who fled, calls man a ‘nutcase’

TORONTO — Ontario’s premier says he wants to get to the bottom of how a patient detained at a mental health hospital managed to flee, calling the man a “nutcase.” The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says Zhebin Cong,…

Alberta’s Jason Kenney hosts several conservative premiers at Calgary

July 8 2019 5:47pm Some of Canada’s most powerful conservative premiers met in Calgary, hosted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. As Heather Yourex-West reports, the group was strategizing ahead of Tuesday’s meeting in Saskatoon, and they all have the same…

‘We need to get a handle on the exact count,’ Ford says of autism program wait list

In an interview on Global News Radio 640 Toronto on Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford stood by his government’s estimate of the backlog for autism support services, but also said the province needs to “get a handle on the exact…

Environment bill changes needed to ‘avoid alienating provinces’: Morneau

OTTAWA — The federal Liberals say it’s conservative premiers who are putting Canada at risk in a fight over oil and the environment. Finance Minister Bill Morneau says in a letter to six right-leaning premiers Friday it’s “unhelpful to threaten…

A list of cuts and changes Doug Ford has made this year as he tries to balance the budget

TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has made a dizzying array of changes in its first year in power, including a host of cuts, as it tries to eliminate an $11.7-billion deficit. Here is a selection of some…

Reality Check: Will Doug Ford’s beer plan result in lower prices for Ontario consumers?

Premier Doug Ford claims his government’s plan to terminate Ontario’s contract with the privately-owned Beer Store chain will “increase choice, convenience and fairness for alcohol consumers” down the road. Story continues below The Progressive Conservative government on Monday tabled legislation…

‘A small step forward’: Ottawa mayor reacts to Ontario’s move to scrap retroactive budget cuts

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he “appreciates” the provincial government’s move to scrap retroactive cuts to Ontario municipalities’ 2019 funding for public health, land ambulance, and child care services, but says the city will still fight for “a fairer deal”…

Ottawa mayor pushes back at Premier Ford’s offer to have city budget reviewed

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he’s “not prepared” to accept a third-party review of the city’s budget in order to curb spending by four per cent at the provincial government’s request, arguing the municipality’s books are already audited every year…

Doug Ford and Blaine Higgs to meet in Toronto Wednesday, discuss carbon tax

TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to meet with his New Brunswick counterpart today to discuss a number of issues, including their shared opposition to the federal carbon tax. Ford and Blaine Higgs have both been vocal in…