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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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PCs broke the law when beefing up MZO powers last summer, court rules

By Alan S. Hale September 9, 2021

Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark violated Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights by failing to properly consult on Planning Act changes in Bill 197, last July’s omnibus economic recovery bill that beefed up the power of Ministerial Zoning Orders, a judge ruled this month.

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All eyes on Ford: Strategists weigh in on premier’s potential role in expected federal vote

By Alan S. Hale August 12, 2021

With a federal election imminent, a quartet of political strategists and insiders say Premier Doug Ford could become a campaign wild card — especially as thorny issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccines heat up.

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Tow truck association warns of ‘chaos’ following PC’s approach to new industry regulations

By Alan S. Hale August 9, 2021

The Provincial Towing Association of Ontario says the province’s hardline approach to implementing new regulations on Ontario’s towing industry is fueling frustration among operators — and the pushback appears to be slowing the PC’s planned ‘tow zones’ pilot for the GTA.

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Thwarted PC nomination candidate takes party to court

By Allison Smith August 6, 2021

Stella Ambler, the wannabe PC candidate in Simcoe—Grey who felt thwarted after the party appointed Collingwood Mayor Brian Saunderson to run, has filed an application in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice seeking to overturn the acclamation.

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Integrity commissioner seeks to quash court review of his decisions not to punish lobbyists

By Alan S. Hale July 16, 2021

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice will hear an application next Tuesday to quash nine lawsuits filed by Democracy Watch seeking judicial reviews of decisions by the province’s integrity commissioner. The court challenges centre around the commissioner opting not to punish lobbyists who violated the province’s registration law or appeared to side-step conflict-of-interest guidelines.

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Ontario had working prototype for Covid passport system in January

By Alan S. Hale July 15, 2021

The province developed a functional vaccine passport system that was tested by at least one focus group six months ago, despite Solicitor General Sylvia Jones’s rejection on Wednesday of a mechanism to verify Ontarians’ vaccination status.`

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