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Ontario government hopeful interest rate cut will spur struggling home construction

Ontario housing minister Paul Calandra expressed confidence that the Bank of Canada’s interest rate cut on Wednesday will help spur housing development as the province struggles to realize its goal of constructing 1.5 million homes by 2031. Calandra told reporters he was “very relieved” interest rates had finally been cut …

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Ford government begins licensing new private MRI, CT scan clinics

The Ford government is formally asking for new private health clinics to apply to enter the publicly funded health-care system as it ramps up its strategy to reduce wait times for surgery and diagnostics. On Monday, the Ministry of Health said it was issuing a call for applications for new …

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Government by Gmail: Ford acknowledges top staffer’s use of private email for government work

Ontario Premier Doug Ford confirmed that his chief of staff, Patrick Sackville, has used private email for government businesses but defended his top aide amid calls for his resignation. A Global News investigation, ‘Government by Gmail,’ uncovered Sackville’s extensive use of a private email address to conduct government work, including …

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Government by Gmail: Ford’s chief of staff appears to omit texts in public disclosure

As questions continue to swirl over the use of Gmail for government businesses at Queen’s Park, Global News can reveal that Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s chief of staff appears to have not disclosed text messages to privacy officials in a freedom of information request. Patrick Sackville, who has served as …

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Government by Gmail: Private email used to remind staff of code of conduct rules

In the wake of the Greenbelt scandal, as the Ford government began implementing recommendations made by Ontario’s Auditor General, the Premier’s Office brought in a party stalwart to help identify conflicts of interest and improve the conduct of political staff. Deb Hutton, who once served as the chief of staff …

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Ford government faces new special report on Greenbelt communications

Ontario’s Information and Privacy commissioner plans to issue a special report on the Ford government’s handling of documents related to the Greenbelt scandal after critics raised questions about whether political staff actively tried to skirt the province’s disclosure laws. Under Ontario’s Freedom of Information laws, government-held records are subject to …

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‘Open for discussion’: Ford government reviewing DUI downgrade policy

Ontario’s Attorney General is revisiting a pandemic policy that allowed Crown prosecutors to downgrade thousands of drunk driving charges as the province grappled with a massive backlog of cases in the criminal justice system. Global News revealed that the Ford government issued a directive to Crown prosecutors during the pandemic …

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Police chiefs ‘in discussion’ with Ford government over impaired driving downgrades

Ontario’s police chiefs are “in discussions” with the Ford government over a pandemic-era policy that gives suspected drunk drivers the ability to downgrade their charges and avoid a criminal record. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario’s attorney general issued a new directive to crown prosecutors to offer plea bargains in non-serious …

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Manitoba government adds more money to job program after facing criticism – Winnipeg

Descrease article font size Increase article font size The Manitoba government has partially walked back a funding cut to a provincial summer jobs program after an outcry from community groups. Municipal Relations Minister Ian Bushie said Wednesday he is adding $300,000 to the Green Team program, which helps non-profit groups …

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‘Slap on the wrist’: Critics call on Ford government to scrap impaired driving rule

The Ford government is facing calls to rescind a pandemic-era policy that allows Crown prosecutors to downgrade impaired driving charges as part of an effort to relieve court backlogs. As first revealed by Global News, Ontario’s attorney general issued a directive to Crown prosecutors during the height of COVID-19 that …

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