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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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As 7-Eleven ekes out liquor licence approvals, Ford’s office rules out tearing up master agreement with the Beer Store

By Alan S. Hale August 23, 2022

7-Eleven is winning its fight to sell booze in Ontario. Since February, the U.S.-based convenience store chain has been quietly piling up victories at the Licensing Appeal Tribunal, which has ordered the province’s alcohol regulator to issue liquor licences to seven of its stores.

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Ontario’s assessment-heavy approach only ‘first step’ in climate change adaptation, warns report

By Palak Mangat August 22, 2022

Published last week by Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, the federal analysis describes an 'adaptation deficit' in Ontario.

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