News/Canada/Toronto

Ontario slashes Toronto Public Health funds by $1B over a decade, board chair says

April 18, 2019

The Ontario government is slashing Toronto Public Health’s funding by $1 billion over a decade as part of a plan to consolidate local public health units across the province, says the chair of the city’s board of health — a move that’s prompting an outcry from city officials. Chair Joe Cressy said the board was informed […]

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Province, feds submit closing arguments in Ontario carbon tax court battle

April 18, 2019

Ontario’s constitutional challenge to Ottawa’s imposition of a carbon charge was left in the hands of five Appeal Court justices on Thursday after the hearing wrapped up with each side pressing the court to find in its favour. In closing submissions, a federal lawyer warned that climate change posed an urgent threat. Ottawa, she said, […]

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Doug Ford’s ‘beer in corner stores’ plan could leave taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars

April 18, 2019

Ontario taxpayers face footing the bill for hundred of millions of dollars in penalties if Premier Doug Ford forges ahead with his plan to allow convenience stores to sell beer.  In its budget tabled last week, the Ford government reaffirmed its pledge laid out in its throne speech and promised by Ford during the election […]

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She changed a stranger’s life in what’s believed to be a North American first

April 16, 2019

One of the recipients of what’s believed to be North America’s first paired living liver donation is calling the stranger who saved his life “an angel.” Fifty-four-year-old Muhammad Khan of Mississauga, Ont., is sharing his gratitude nearly one year after Peterborough, Ont., resident Kelly Bryan, 38, gave him more than half of her liver. In turn, […]

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Canadian government defends its carbon tax in Ontario court battle

April 16, 2019

A lawyer representing the Canadian government is defending the federal carbon tax, one day after the Ontario Court of Appeal began hearing the province’s appeal to scrap it. The Liberal government, which began its submissions on Tuesday, insists its law, which kicked in on April 1, is an appropriate response to the nationally important issue of climate […]

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National measure needed to fight climate change, Ontario court told

April 16, 2019

Ontario is being alarmist in its fight against Ottawa’s carbon pricing law by suggesting the federal government is grabbing new powers that would allow it to regulate when people drive or where they live, the province’s top court heard on Tuesday. In her submissions, a federal lawyer said the law only aims to prompt people […]

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‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking’: Canadians mourn as Notre-Dame Cathedral burns

April 15, 2019

Just hours before flames engulfed the spire one of the world’s most recognizable cathedrals, Canadian Ashley Creed had been inside the centuries-old Notre-Dame Cathedral, marvelling at a piece of history she’d only seen in history books. For Creed, who studied medieval history at the University of Toronto, seeing the structure with its famous Gothic architecture and intricate beauty was […]

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Suspect posing as delivery man shot woman with concealed crossbow, police say

April 15, 2019

Police say they’re looking for a man they believe posed as a delivery man in order to shoot a woman with a crossbow in Mississauga, Ont. Peel Regional Police said Monday that in November, a 44-year-old woman answered her door to the supposed delivery man who was carrying a large box. They say the woman […]

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Federal government could tell you when to drive if carbon price law stands, court told

April 15, 2019

The federal government will end up with the power to regulate almost every facet of life — such as when you can drive or where you can live — if its law aimed at curbing harmful greenhouse gas emissions is allowed to stand, Ontario’s top court heard Monday. Ottawa’s climate change law is so broad, […]

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Ontario PCs want to make it next to impossible to sue the government

April 14, 2019

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are moving to make it harder to sue the Ontario government.  The PCs plan to repeal and replace the long-standing Ontario Proceedings Against the Crown Act — legislation that, among other things, outlines government liability in cases of misfeasance and negligence. The new law would increase the legal threshold necessary to proceed with civil litigation, […]

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