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August 13, 2018 8:24 PM Ontario will rely on private sector to sell recreational cannabis

Ontario will sell recreational cannabis online only when it is legalized Oct. 17 and allow “tightly regulated” private retail stores into the weed business by next April 1. The sales model from Premier Doug Ford’s new Progressive Conservative government marks a shift from the previous Liberal administration’s plan for 150 brick-and-mortar Ontario Cannabis 7

August 10, 2018 10:13 PM Battling one of the worst fire seasons, Ontario commits millions more to the fight

Dry conditions and frequent lightning have led to one of the province’s worst fire seasons, prompting the Ontario government to spend an extra $100 million to battle the blazes. “This is an additional amount of money to be injected into our fire system,” Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Jeff Yurek told the Star in a telephone interview Friday 9

August 9, 2018 4:25 PM Premier Doug Ford opposes ban on handgun sales in Toronto

Premier Doug Ford says he is against a council-requested ban on the sale of handguns and their ammunition within Toronto’s boundaries. “I wouldn’t support a ban on handguns,” Ford said Thursday. “There’s a lot of legal, responsible handgun owners.” Council made the request of the federal government, which controls gun sales, and the provincial government 9

August 7, 2018 2:27 PM Buck-a-beer by Labour Day weekend, Doug Ford says

Buck-a-beer will be available by Labour Day weekend — and brewers who get on board will get free promotions in LCBO stores, Premier Doug Ford announced Tuesday. Speaking at a brewery in Picton, Ford said “the day you’ve been waiting for is finally here. We’re bringing back buck-a-beer to Ontario,” as promised during the election campaign. He said by Aug. 27, brewers 8

August 5, 2018 6:42 PM Robert Martin, Tuskegee Airman who flew ‘63 and a half’ combat missions, dies at 99

Robert L. Martin, a combat pilot who said he flew “63 and a half” missions during Second World War as part of the barrier-breaking Tuskegee Airmen, was shot down over German-occupied territory on the 64th and spent five weeks trying to return to Allied lines with the help of Josip Broz Tito’s anti-fascist Yugoslav partisans, died July 26 at a senior 14

July 30, 2018 9:48 PM Ontario’s cannabis retail system will be open for business when marijuana is legalized Oct. 17, province says

“What I’m very concerned about is the social responsibility aspect and ensuring that not only the outlets, but the people who work in them, are able to ensure that the product is not being distributed to people that should not be receiving it.” Ford said on June 22, when asked about cannabis stores, “I don’t believe the government should stick their 17

July 23, 2018 8:17 PM Ford says Horwath attacking him as a radical extremist is ‘the pot calling the kettle black’

While the 1998 curriculum will temporarily be taught in schools starting in September, Ford again promised an extensive public consultation on a revamped syllabus with hearings in every constituency in Ontario, though no budget or timetable has yet been set. “We’re going to go right across the province. We’re going to contact 124 ridings, the constituents 13

July 19, 2018 6:03 PM Take trade pitch to the American people, premiers told

SAINT ANDREWS, NEW BRUNSWICK –It’s time for provincial leaders to reach out to everyday Americans to stress the importance of trade between the two countries, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. said at the premiers’ annual summer conference. David MacNaughton met with 13 provincial and territorial leaders in New Brunswick Thursday morning, as the premiers 10

July 11, 2018 2:58 PM Ted Arnott is the new Speaker of the Ontario Legislative Assembly

McKenna (Burlington), returning to Queen’s Park after a four-year hiatus, had hoped to make to make history as the first woman to become Speaker. She was elected in 2011 and then defeated in 2014 before making a comeback on June 7. Nicholls (Chatham-Kent-Leamington), a former deputy speaker, had wanted to bring his experience as a baseball umpire and basketball 12

July 10, 2018 8:36 PM For now, Ford government will not be firing Hydro One boss

Promised three months ago as the “first act” of a Doug Ford government, the firing of Hydro One boss Mayo Schmidt — whom the new premier dubbed the “$6 million man” — has fallen down the priority list. “We are working on that issue right now,” Government House Leader Todd Smith said Tuesday in outlining the new Progressive Conservative administration’s 9