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Romano on the defence over allegations he wasn’t living in the Sault

By Allison Smith November 26, 2021

Heading into an election year, Government and Consumer Services Minister Ross Romano has his back up over locals’ impression that he and his family did not live in his home riding of Sault Ste. Marie for the better part of two years.

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Bill 37’s four hours of care requirement too ‘watered down’ and ‘unenforceable,’ committee told

By Alan S. Hale November 25, 2021

Increasing the number of hours of direct, daily care for nursing home residents to four hours is one of the much-boasted aspects of the PC’s long-term care reform legislation, but stakeholders speaking to the legislative assembly committee yesterday called the measure “watered-down,” “magical thinking” and “unenforceable.” 

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Indigenous art unveiled inside Queen’s Park chamber

By Alan S. Hale November 21, 2021

For the first time, there is a piece of Indigenous artwork inside the chamber of the Ontario legislature.

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Prepare for battle: WSIB rebate emerges as labour reform ‘poison pill’ to Opposition, stakeholders

By Alan S. Hale November 21, 2021

When Bill 27, Working for Workers Act, was introduced, there was some concern among opposition members that a “poison pill” would be hidden within the text. After three days of hearings last week, NDP members of the social policy committee appear to have found one they are unwilling to swallow. 

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PCs bet their re-election on highways and infrastructure as heat turns up on Bradford Bypass project

By Alan S. Hale November 2, 2021

The PCs appear to have settled on infrastructure projects, and highways in particular, as their winning issue with an election seven months away.

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McVety collides with PCs over campaign manager’s lobbying firm

By Allison Smith October 5, 2021

Charles McVety, a conservative evangelical preacher and president of Canada Christian College (CCC), is warning the PCs could lose votes next spring unless the party drops its campaign manager, Kory Teneycke.

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Setting the tone: What to expect from the PC’s second throne speech

By Alan S. Hale October 3, 2021

With the new legislative session set to kick off Monday with a speech from the throne, political strategists say Ontarians can expect the pandemic to remain at the top of the legislative agenda just eight months before the next election.

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Province going back on a promise to let trade qualifications inspectors keep jobs

By Alan S. Hale September 29, 2021

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton’s announcement that the task of verifying skilled trades workers’ credentials will be handed over to Ministry of Labour health and safety inspectors has the NDP and at least one Ontario College of Trades inspector up in arms.

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Ontario’s forest update lacks global perspective: Greenpeace

By Alan S. Hale September 29, 2021

A report that paints a “rosy” outlook on the state of Ontario’s forests is fundamentally flawed because the province’s definition of sustainability does not take a more global perspective, according to Greenpeace.

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