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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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Proposed law bans ‘predators’ from tying consumer goods loans to Ontario land titles

The Ontario government is introducing legislation on Monday that  will eliminate the ability for people to place Notices of Security Interest or “NOSIs” for consumer goods on the land registry system. The Homeowner Protection Act, 2024, will also eliminate all NOSIs which are currently in place, which amounts to about …

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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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Ford fuels early Ontario election speculation by declining to commit to June 2026

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2024 12:12 pm 1 min read Descrease article font size Increase article font size Ontario Premier Doug Ford is fuelling early election speculation by declining multiple times today to commit to sticking to the planned June 2026 date. Ford announced today that …

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Independent Toronto MP Kevin Vuong asks Poilievre to let him join Conservative caucus

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2024 1:56 pm 1 min read Descrease article font size Increase article font size Independent Toronto MP Kevin Vuong says he is asking Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre to let him join the Tory caucus, and intends to seek a nomination for the …

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Ford calls drug decriminalization a ‘nightmare’ that will ‘never’ happen in Ontario

Drug decriminalization is an “absolute nightmare” that will “never” happen under Ontario’s Progressive-Conservative government, Premier Doug Ford says. Ford made the comments to reporters on Friday amid a national debate over the policy, which was recently rejected in Toronto by the federal government. “It’s an absolute nightmare. It would be …

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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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Ottawa considers allowing banned guns to be mailed to disposal facilities – National

Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc is putting new regulations before Parliament to allow professional couriers like Canada Post and private companies like FedEx and UPS to transport restricted firearms for disposal as part of the long-planned assault-style weapon buyback. “Once the program launches, these measures will provide businesses with additional …

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Quiet after 6: Ontario city considers curfew for gas-powered lawn tools

As the City of London moves forward with its Climate Emergency Action Plan, staff are looking at ways to reduce, restrict or phase out gas-powered lawn equipment – including a possible curfew. At Wednesday’s civic works committee meeting, members voted to hold a public meeting on the idea in July. …

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