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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 7

October 12, 2018 2:54 PM Ford freezes beer taxes set to rise a penny a bottle in November

Bottled beer by the major breweries is even more heavily taxed at 89.74 cents per litre. It had been planned to increase to 92.74 cents a litre. At the current rate, beer drinkers are paying almost 30 cents a bottle in provincial taxes. That’s one reason why Ford’s much-hyped “buck-a-beer” campaign pledge fizzled. The premier lowered the legal minimum 12

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 10

October 2, 2018 6:53 PM Deferred mutual fund fees ‘extra burden,’ for seniors, NDP says

Mutual fund fees are an “unnecessary and extra burden” — especially for seniors — and the Ford government is overlooking the concerns of average investors by not banning them, says the provincial NDP’s finance critic. “This government recently made a decision to ignore the concerns of both investors, investment regulators and seniors’ advocate groups 10

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 7

September 30, 2018 7:49 PM Halifax cartoonist’s response to Kavanaugh hearing goes viral

“I think it’s important that people face up to it. It is disturbing. But it’s exactly the scenario (Ford) described,” he said. “So if we don’t talk about it, if we turn away from it and pretend it isn’t there, we’re not going to solve the problem.” It’s not the first time the award-winning cartoonist has taken aim at situations to the south, but MacKinnon 8

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 10

September 27, 2018 1:40 PM Trump’s meeting with Rosenstein may be delayed

After The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump to document the chaos of the White House in 2017 and had raised the issue of removing the president from office, it was not immediately clear how long Rosenstein would remain in his job. Trump announced that the two men would meet Thursday when he got back from New York. “He will come back here, and there’s 9

September 25, 2018 6:13 PM Trump dismisses second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Kavanaugh, who along with Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, denies the allegations. Trump blasted Democrats and accused them of “playing a con game” in order to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “They know it’s a con game. They know he’s high quality,” Trump said during a meeting with the Colombian president 9

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 11