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November 8, 2018 3:30 PM Ottawa will bankroll some climate change programs left after Ford ends Ontario’s cap-and-trade

Ottawa is stepping into the breach to bankroll some of the climate change programs left after Premier Doug Ford ended Ontario’s cap-and-trade environmental alliance with Quebec and California. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on Thursday announced that small- and medium-sized Ontario businesses as well as community organizations and non-profit 15

November 5, 2018 4:14 AM Premier Doug Ford shuffles cabinet after Jim Wilson’s departure

Rookie Premier Doug Ford is shuffling his cabinet just 129 days after being sworn in, the Star has learned. Reeling from the departure of Jim Wilson, his most senior minister who quit suddenly Friday to tackle addiction issues, Ford will make a slew of changes early Monday. “It’s crazy,” said one worried Tory, mindful that the moves so soon after the government 11

October 31, 2018 7:51 PM Brampton Mayor-elect Patrick Brown addresses apparent rift with Doug Ford and Tories

It is no secret that Patrick Brown and the ruling Ontario Progressive Conservative Party aren’t BFFs. Brown, newly elected as Brampton’s mayor, was the party’s leader before stepping down at the end of January amid sexual misconduct allegations from a pair of women. He has denied those allegations and is suing CTV News for defamation over its initial 15

October 23, 2018 11:49 PM Ottawa woman who was once homeless believed to be first trans school trustee

OTTAWA—A woman who was once homeless in Ottawa is believed to be the first openly transgender school trustee to be elected in Ontario and possibly in Canada. Lyra Evans, 26, will become the school trustee for a downtown Ottawa district after garnering 55 per cent of the votes cast Monday as part of Ontario’s municipal elections. Evans says she felt compelled 22

October 15, 2018 9:35 PM Thanks to Doug Ford, the sky’s the limit for marijuana in Ontario

Come Wednesday, marijuana will waft across our parks, jogging trails and beaches with impunity. For better or for worse, the pungent odour will float in the open air — while weighing down our public spaces. If you have forgotten the stale aroma of cigar or pipe smoke in our past, brace yourself for a trip back in time as the smell of cannabis wends its way into your nostrils 20

October 9, 2018 3:19 PM Ontario’s Human Rights Commission joining legal sex-ed challenge

Six students’ families filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August, claiming the curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students. The Human Rights Commission says it will join the tribunal’s legal challenge, arguing the document also eliminates key information about consent, putting 17

October 1, 2018 9:20 PM Ontario to kick off sex-ed consultations in three phases

Education Minister Lisa Thompson told reporters at Queen’s Park Monday that her ministry had “reached out to our school boards and they are promoting it as well within their regions, and of course we’ll be talking about our phases.” The ministry contacted school boards on Friday to say the online written submission phase had opened, with the only survey 15

September 27, 2018 11:33 PM Doug Ford tells legislature he condemns hate speech, be it from Faith Goldy or anyone else

Premier Doug Ford told the legislature he condemns hate speech, be it from Toronto mayoral candidate and white nationalist Faith Goldy or anyone else. But critics say his remarks do not go far enough. After a coalition of anti-hate groups spoke at Queen’s Park earlier in the day, urging the premier to distance himself from Goldy by speaking out in the legislature 21

September 25, 2018 2:23 PM Ontario’s environmental commissioner slams Ford government over ‘gutted’ climate change policies

The new Doug Ford government has “gutted” most of Ontario’s climate change programs with no replacement, Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning new report. The report slams the Progressive Conservatives for axing the previous Liberal government’s cap-and-trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions — which Ford branded a carbon tax that was doing 22

September 19, 2018 10:57 PM Doug Ford dines at Trump hotel on his NAFTA visit to Washington

Trump has been sued over this spending by the attorneys general of Maryland and Washington, D.C., who accuse him of violating a section of the U.S. Constitution that prohibits the president from taking “emoluments” from foreign officials. Foreign stays at the hotel are at the centre of the lawsuit. Ford was making his first foreign trip as premier. His visit 17