Category Archives: Ontario

Another Casualty of Plant Closures in Ontario

Pepper and Sammy are paid by the taxpayers of Ontario in room, board and veterinary care. These “mice-control technicians,” as one bureaucrat called them, are the reason there is no rodent problem at the Ontario Tree Seed Plant in Angus, Ont., about 120 kilometres north of Toronto.

The cats are soon to be fired, however. The government will shutter the plant next September.

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Patrick Brown’s colossal betrayal of conservative values

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s 78-page campaign manifesto reminds me of the old line: if you can’t beat them, you may as well join them.

Brown’s recently-released People’s Guarantee makes 147 promises. But despite vowing to bring change for Ontario voters in 2018, the only obvious change is that he would spend even more than the current Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne.

For the many Ontarians unhappy with Wynne’s spending, that’s hardly positive change.

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Ontario lost up to $1.2 billion selling clean energy: engineers

Ontario lost between $732 million and $1.25 billion over the past two years selling surplus clean electricity outside the province, an analysis by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) estimates.

That’s the difference between what Ontario agreed to pay to produce nuclear, water, wind and solar power, and the bargain basement price it sold it for on the international market.

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Premier to Host Town Hall Meeting on Fairness and Opportunity

Ontario Seeking Public Input on Plan to Help People Get Ahead in Changing Economy

Premier Kathleen Wynne is inviting people to a town hall meeting to share their ideas about the government’s plan to create a fairer, better Ontario for all.The Premier’s Town Hall will take place at the Concert Hall at 888 Yonge St., formerly the Masonic Temple, in Toronto today, Monday, November 20 and will be moderated by Jane Taber, Vice-President of Public Affairs for NATIONAL Public Relations and former political reporter for The Globe and Mail. The Town Hall is free admission and open to anyone who wants to share their ideas on education, health care, job security, housing and other issues that matter most to them, their families and people across the province.

General admission seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Concert Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the Premier’s Town Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

h/t Marvin

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Back to work legislation in Ontario college strike expected to pass today

Ontario’s legislature is expected to pass a bill today that would force striking faculty at the province’s colleges to return to work.

The governing Liberals have made slow progress in pushing through their back-to-work bill because the New Democrats have refused to agree to speedy passage.

Fire every striking teacher and strip them of their teaching credentials.

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McGuinty Aides’ Lawyers Will Not Call Evidence In Trial

Lawyers in the high-profile deleted email trial will present their final arguments next Wednesday.

Scott Hutchison, lawyer for Laura Miller, said Thursday that the defence does not intend to call any evidence but indicated that it would need about three hours for legal arguments.

Miller and David Livingston, two former senior staffers in the premier’s office, face charges of attempted mischief to data and unauthorized use of a computer.

A charge of breach of trust was dropped by the Crown.

Prosecutors allege that the pair went to extraordinary and illegal lengths to wipe out records on government computers that they were required to keep.

The defence has asserted the pair, who have pleaded not guilty, had the right to delete personal and political emails, and that prosecutors have presented no evidence that any other documents were destroyed.

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Saint Catharines City Council Unhappy About Vet

Behold the multi-tiered legal system of Canada:

St. Catharines city council is adding its voice to community members who are unhappy that animal abuse charges were dropped against a local veterinarian.

Councillors unanimously passed a motion Monday night to send their objections to criminal charges being withdrawn against Dr. Mahavir Rekhi to Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

They are also asking for a written explanation from the Crown as to why the charges were dropped.

That does nothing. This is a pointless gesture in the face of absolutist law from activist judges and incompetent lawyers.

But it looks good to the voters.

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BONOKOSKI: Muzzling of Ontario’s political attack dogs only days away

There is a double-edged sword when it comes to third-party attack ads during election campaigns in Ontario.

Partisan politicos love them when their arch rivals are being cut to shreds, but equally hate them when their own party is being sliced and diced.

And it is not exactly small change being thrown around.

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Laws limiting fundamental freedom of protest at Ontario abortion clinics receive all-party support

All fundamentalisms have a totalitarian impulse, and secular fundamentalism is not immune. Canada has its share of secular fundamentalists infected with that impulse.

Much attention has been given to the face-covering law passed last week in Quebec. This week, Ontario will pass a law limiting protests against abortion that merits similar attention. In both cases, disproportionate measures are employed to limit freedoms, not to address a pressing public policy issue but as a form of official denunciation, backed by the fierce power of state coercion. One of the signs that totalitarian winds are blowing is when political dissent disappears, with the opposition parties in full cahoots with the government.

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