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Ontario PC pollster floats back-to-work bill for teachers, separate health-care deal with feds

By Alan S. Hale January 23, 2023

A poll by PC-linked firm Campaign Research floats the possibility of Ontario cutting a solo deal with the federal government for an increase in federal health-care funding and asks respondents their views on Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

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Personal support worker and paramedic groups alarmed as PSWs tapped to monitor patients awaiting hospital care

By Alan S. Hale January 6, 2023

The Scarborough Health Network Centenary Hospital, along with Scarborough General Hospital, are relying on personal support workers to watch patients dropped off by an ambulance so paramedics can get back on the road.

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PCs must find way to bring other First Nations on board, or Ring of Fire will stall: Chief

By Alan S. Hale December 15, 2022

During a panel discussion hosted by the Empire Club about progress on the Ring of Fire,  Marten Falls Chief Bruce Achneepineskum warned his fellow panellists, including Mining Minister George Pirie, that if the concerns of those communities are not addressed, the Ring of Fire will remain stalled.

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Housing tool or ‘minority rule’: Toronto City Hall Watcher weighs in on Tory’s new powers

By Allison Smith November 24, 2022

Queen’s Park Today’s publisher Allison Smith sat down with Matt Elliott, publisher of City Hall Watcher and Toronto Star columnist, to get his take on how the PC’s latest strong mayor move will shake out.

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‘Reeks of a favour for a friend’: PCs make surprise change to York Region official plan that benefits Aurora developer

By Alan S. Hale November 11, 2022

Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas was shocked Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark went over council's head and changed York Region’s official plan to allow a development the town rejected. 

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Ontario gambling that feds will allow new gas plants despite net-zero targets

By Alan S. Hale October 21, 2022

Ontario has a lot riding on the outcome of the federal government’s forthcoming Clean Electricity Regulations, which will govern how Canada will alter its power grid to ensure net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. 

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‘Fight for it’: ODSP appeal backlog keeps denied applicants waiting years for benefits

By Sammy Hudes October 14, 2022

Despite the Ford government raising ODSP rates by five per cent following the Ontario election, one recipient says the application process leaves potential clients “to fight for it to prove you really need it.” 

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Dispute over Métis rights escalates as new paper attacks evidence underpinning provincial recognition

By Alan S. Hale September 15, 2022

In his latest research paper, former St. Mary’s University professor Darryl Leroux sets out six criteria he argues must be met for the Abitibi-Inland Métis community to reach “the minimum threshold for a distinctive community,” all of which he argued the evidence provided by the MNO had failed to meet.

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Patrick Brown rival banking on diverse support, lack of baggage in Brampton race

By Alan S. Hale September 14, 2022

Brampton mayoral candidate Nikki Kaur has attracted the support of some well-connected advisors, including Doug Ford-ally and pollster Nick Kouvalis, who is serving as a senior advisor for her campaign.

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