Ford government offered to meet Ambassador Bridge protesters

OTTAWA — Protesters who shut down the very important commerce hall over the Ambassador Bridge to denounce COVID-19 well being measures earlier this yr rejected a proposal from the Ontario authorities to fulfill and focus on their issues in the event that they lifted their blockade, newly launched paperwork say. The paperwork additionally reveal that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and prime officers within the federal authorities thought-about negotiating with so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters in Ottawa — one thing demonstrators themselves repeatedly demanded throughout their three-week occupation of the streets round Parliament Hill. The revelations come from closely redacted assembly minutes and agendas the federal government filed in Federal Courtroom final week, as civil liberties teams problem Ottawa’s use of the … Read more

Trudeau government was told of ‘potential for a breakthrough’ with protesters a day before it used Emergencies Act, cabinet documents reveal

OTTAWA — The evening earlier than the Liberal authorities invoked the Emergencies Act to take care of so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s nationwide safety adviser instructed the federal cupboard “there was potential for a breakthrough” with the occupation round Parliament Hill, newly launched paperwork present. In a press release to the Star on Thursday, Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino’s workplace stated the adviser was referring to negotiations with protesters led “principally” by town of Ottawa. However these talks had been in the end unsuccessful, Mendicino’s workplace stated, and their failure was an element within the authorities’s unprecedented choice to invoke the Emergencies Act lower than 24 hours later. The cupboard assembly the place the adviser made the … Read more

Ontario school support staff to consider strike vote

The union representing college help workers plans to satisfy later this month to debate holding a strike vote — a transfer Training Minister Stephen Lecce known as “regrettable” and requested it to halt. Particulars in a memo from CUPE’s Ontario College Boards’ Council of Unions, first reported by the Star, cite Aug. 22 for a gathering with native leaders to supply an replace from the most recent talks — held Aug. 8 and 9, with extra on Aug. 15 and 16 — in addition to discussions round “province-wide central and native strike votes and the organizing plan to attain excessive participation.” Laura Walton, president of the council of unions, informed the Star any transfer to carry a strike vote should … Read more

678,000 Conservatives were sent leadership ballots. For the contenders, the final battle is now underway

OTTAWA — Irrespective of what number of clicks a candidate has on social media or {dollars} they’ve within the financial institution, what it’s going to take to win the Conservative management race is votes. However each the likes and the bucks are a part of getting that vote out. Get-out-the-vote efforts on behalf of all 5 campaigns are shifting into excessive gear with only a month remaining within the contest, and even much less time to get ballots again to get together headquarters to be counted. “It takes an enormous quantity of labor,” stated Chris Rougier, a veteran campaigner on the helm of Jean Charest’s effort to guide the get together. “It’s way more tactical than every other degree of … Read more

Looking for details about Ontario’s new $225M child benefit? You’re going to have to wait

Will or not it’s a tax credit score? Or a payout to oldsters? And the way a lot? Households on the lookout for particulars about Ontario’s new youngster profit must wait to seek out out. The provincial authorities introduced the profit as a part of Monday’s up to date price range, however has but to launch particulars of the two-year, $225 million fund that unions and boards argue would higher be spent on faculties. “Not each pupil goes to want the identical sort of help,” mentioned Cathy Abraham, president of the Ontario Public Faculty Boards’ Affiliation. “And I’m pondering if dad and mom are getting (cheques), with $225 million which means $100 per youngster. And if you happen to took … Read more

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Toronto and Ottawa are getting “sturdy mayors” after the Oct. 24 municipal elections — and different massive Ontario cities may observe quickly after. Below Premier Doug Ford’s new laws tabled Wednesday, the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa would have sweeping new authority over municipal budgets and the hiring and firing of senior metropolis employees. As first disclosed by the Star three weeks in the past, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are extending the powers to the province’s two largest cities in time for the following civic elections. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark’s Robust Mayors, Constructing Houses Act lastly spells out the extent and the restrictions of the improved mayoral authority that can be in impact for council phrases starting Nov. 15. The … Read more

Ontario ombudsman threatens probe into slow pace of changes to police de-escalation training

Annoyed by “painfully sluggish” progress towards standardized and necessary de-escalating coaching for law enforcement officials within the wake of the 2013 Sammy Yatim streetcar taking pictures, Ontario’s ombudsman is threatening a probe into the shortage of provincial motion. “After just a few years, for those who don’t see sufficient motion … you’ve the choice to do one other investigation and shine the sunshine on that subject,” Paul Dubé stated Wednesday. In his annual report, he faulted the Ministry of the Solicitor Normal for not continuing with a selected regulation on de-escalation, and stated different initiatives like a brand new use-of-force mannequin, revised coaching and steerage to police forces on body-worn cameras for officers have “stalled.” Dubé additionally stated he could … Read more

‘No easy solutions’ to Ontario’s health-care and inflation challenges, Ford government warns

Going through the dual challenges of hovering inflation and an overburdened health-care system because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford’s authorities warns “there aren’t any simple options.” In Tuesday’s speech from the throne — learn within the legislature by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell — Ford’s re-elected Progressive Conservatives appealed for unity at an unsure time for the province. At Queen’s Park, Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivers a speech from the throne to open the primary session of the forty third provincial parliament. The speech lays out the priorities of Premier Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservative authorities, who’re returning to the legislature with a second majority. “Now is just not the time for partisanship and beliefs to trump the … Read more

MPPs defy Doug Ford, re-elect Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature

MPPs have defied Premier Doug Ford’s needs and returned veteran Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature. Ford had backed challenger Nina Tangri, who was vying to be the primary lady to carry the job refereeing the legislative proceedings and overseeing operations at Queen’s Park. However in a secret-ballot vote Monday, the opposition New Democrat, Liberal, and Inexperienced MPPs — with a bevy of rebellious Progressive Conservatives — re-elected Arnott, a 32-year Tory MPP who has been speaker since 2018. The desk is now set for Tuesday’s throne speech outlining the Tories’ agenda for governing over the subsequent 4 years and Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy’s 2022-23 funds. A visibly sad Ford and his cupboard had supported Tangri (Mississauga-Streetsville), a … Read more

Masks not mandatory in Ontario schools this fall

Masks won’t be necessary in Ontario colleges this fall, however will likely be supplied to workers and college students who want to proceed sporting them if they’re involved about COVID-19, the Training Ministry says. In a memo despatched to administrators of training late Friday afternoon, Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor stated when lessons resume in September, COVID-19 protocols would be the identical as final spring, and that non-public protecting tools in addition to speedy assessments will likely be supplied. “Persevering with with this route and based mostly on the recommendation of the Workplace of the Chief Medical Officer of Well being, masks won’t be required for college students, workers and guests in colleges, college board places of work, or on scholar … Read more

Interim Conservative leader Candice Bergen lays out her thoughts

OTTAWA—Candice Bergen will start her last months on the helm of the federal Conservative get together by taking a visit supposed to ship a message: the sport of id politics being performed in her get together proper now must cease. Bergen — whose political roots are within the Canadian Alliance — will journey to Atlantic Canada for Canada Day to face shoulder-to-shoulder with former Progressive Conservative get together chief Peter MacKay. The 2 events agreed to merge in 2003 and type the fashionable day Conservative get together. However the get together’s present management race, now in its last months, has been characterised by private assaults, allegations of racism and membership gross sales hijinks and a basic battle over what being … Read more

Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner doubles down after Star reveals push to eject her for criticizing colleagues

OTTAWA — A legislation that enables MPs to eject fellow members from their caucus encourages abusive behaviour inside political events and that’s unacceptable, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner stated Friday. Her feedback got here within the wake of revelations by the Star that some fellow Conservatives have been threatening Rempel Garner with expulsion from the celebration’s caucus beneath the Reform Act. Talks of utilizing the act spooled up in current weeks out of a annoyed perception she is working at cross-purposes to the celebration. Rempel Garner has not replied to interview requests from the Star. And whereas she didn’t instantly handle her private scenario in social media posts Friday, she wrote on Twitter that the principles governing interactions between members … Read more