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January 15, 2019 2:47 PM Tories rev up fundraising machine with big-ticket events featuring Premier Doug Ford, energy minister

Under Wynne’s restrictions, all MPPs, candidates, and staff were forbidden from attending any event where money was raised for political parties. But last November Finance Minister Vic Fedeli changed the law to enable politicians and their staff to go to fundraisers. That had been the case prior to Wynne’s reforms almost three years ago amid accusations 143

January 14, 2019 9:00 AM Ontario premier to meet with GM, other automakers and union president in Detroit

DETROIT - A spokeswoman for Ontario’s premier says Doug Ford will use a trip to a Detroit auto show to meet with executives from General Motors and several other automakers today. Ivana Yelich says Ford will not try to push GM to reconsider shuttering its plant in Oshawa at year’s end when he meets with them at the North American International Auto Show. She says the company 84

January 14, 2019 12:50 AM Ottawa’s carbon pricing plan faces opposition, uncertainty, poll reveals

Ontario previously had a federally acceptable carbon pricing plan, with the cap-and-trade system set up by the previous Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne. When Conservative leader Doug Ford became Premier, he began dismantling this system as part of a campaign promise to end this “carbon tax.” Forum Poll asked a number of other questions of the same 1226 randomly 46

January 9, 2019 11:00 PM How Missouri’s minimum wage rates will trump Ontario’s wages of sin

Ontario’s law mandating a $1 increase to the minimum wage, as of Jan. 1, has been formally rescinded by Premier Doug Ford. Instead, he legislated a 31-month freeze on the hourly minimum of $14. New York welcomed the New Year with a $15 minimum wage, catching up to San Francisco, but still lagging Seattle, which bumped it up to $16 last week. Ah, that’s 28

January 8, 2019 5:08 PM Washington State regulator denies bid to reconsider Hydro One-Avista deal

Washington state regulators have denied a request from Hydro One and Avista Corp. to reconsider the rejection of the Ontario utility’s planned multibillion-dollar takeover of the American company. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission says it will take no action on the request, which was made after regulators found the $6.7-billion planned 28

January 3, 2019 11:05 PM Idaho joins Washington state in denying Hydro One’s takeover of Avista Corp

The Idaho commission, like its Washington counterpart, raised concerns that the Ontario government, which owns 47 per cent of Hydro One’s shares, might meddle in Avista’s operations. It pointed to Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s move to force former Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt to retire, which was followed by the resignation of the entire 14-member board 27

December 10, 2018 11:45 PM A PC coverup under the nose of Doug Ford’s kangaroo court

Like kangaroos, politicians are a peculiar species, given to strutting and kicking. Coverups are second nature as they try to hide their tracks — fiscal, political and personal — to throw rivals off the scent. But predators, partisans and premiers are always in hot pursuit. Doug Ford created a legislative committee last September to ferret out the truth 28

December 3, 2018 3:26 PM Tories rush to raise official party status bar amid fears of Simard defecting to Liberals

The jittery Progressive Conservative government is rushing a change to official party status in the legislature amid fears former Tory MPP Amanda Simard will join the Liberals. Even though legislation is expected to pass later this week increasing the threshold to 12 MPPs from eight, the Conservatives have added a motion to the order paper so the change 35

November 28, 2018 8:19 PM Partisanship clouds PM, opposition leaders meeting on ‘Francophonie’ issues

OTTAWA—A meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his counterparts from the four other main federal parties Wednesday is being pushed as a non-partisan effort to help Canada’s francophone population — even as the clouds of partisanship hang over the gathering. Trudeau will meet with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh 46

November 26, 2018 11:48 PM GM shows Doug Ford’s Ontario isn’t so ‘Open for Business’

Doug Ford’s attempt at damage control for doomed GM workers consisted of handing out his mobile phone number, and hinting at extra benefits for the jobless. But the damage is done. No matter the premier’s political spin, the economic spinoff from car assembly plants is a powerful force multiplier — or vaporizer, in this case. Oshawa’s loss is Ontario’s 48