Why Doug Ford’s broken vow matters

Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford (centre) sits in chamber after Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered the Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review at the Queens Park Legislature, in Toronto, on Monday, November 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungChris Young/The Canadian Press Let’s leave aside for the moment whether Doug Ford is right to want to take land … Read more

Top public servant advised Trudeau to invoke Emergencies Act, felt legal threshold was met, though ‘vulnerable’ to challenge

Clerk of the Privy Council Janice Charette, left, looks on as Deputy Clerk Nathalie Drouin responds to a question from counsel at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa on Nov. 18.Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press Canada’s top public servant provided a written recommendation to Justin Trudeau that supported the idea of ​​invoking the Emergencies Act … Read more

Children’s Tylenol to start arriving on store shelves next week

A large foreign supply of children’s fever and pain medication is expected to start showing up on pharmacy and retail shelves next week, Health Canada said Friday. One million bottles of children’s medication will have been distributed to hospitals, pharmacies and retailers after next week, health officials said during a media briefing. “The initial supplies, … Read more

Ontario boosts ‘strong mayor’ powers to fast track housing development in Toronto and Ottawa

Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, speaks to journalists at the Queens Park Legislature in Toronto on Nov. 16.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Just over two months after granting the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa “strong mayor powers,” Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to make these powers even stronger, … Read more

Ontario expands ‘strong mayor’ powers to Toronto, Ottawa

Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, speaks to journalists at the Queens Park Legislature, in Toronto on Nov. 16.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Ontario is extending further “strong mayor” powers to the leaders of Toronto and Ottawa, and is reviewing the role of regional governments as part of the government’s push to build … Read more

Ottawa rolls out $800-million in clean fuel funding

The federal government has rolled out $800-million for clean fuel projects, the first round of cash from a $1.5-billion fund launched by Ottawa in 2021 to help accelerate Canada’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change. Canada’s Clean Fuels Fund was launched with the aim of increasing the production of … Read more

Opinion: Ottawa seems confused about how to strengthen its carbon pricing system

The economic update that was meant to shed light on how Canada will compete with new clean-spending measures in the United States and elsewhere has instead sowed confusion about one of the key elements of that strategy. Last spring, the federal government announced that it was exploring carbon contracts for differences (CCFDs). As presented then, … Read more

Opinion: Kremlin critic Bill Browder is urging Canada to find and freeze dirty money. Will Ottawa heed his call?

Bill Browder was once Russia’s biggest foreign investor, but in 2005 Vladimir Putin declared him a “threat to national security.”Christopher Katsarov/The Globe and Mail Canada stands with Ukraine, but Ottawa’s inability to fight financial crime is enabling Russia’s war machine. That stark assessment comes from Bill Browder, a man who has risked his life to … Read more

Bill Blair and Alberta minister sparred over request for military assistance during Coutts blockade, text messages show

Anti-mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway the busy US border crossing in Coutts, Alta., on Jan. 31, 2022.Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press An Alberta cabinet minister complained to Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair that the province didn’t receive any help to clear a blockade at a border crossing until after the … Read more

Ottawa cites translation, accessibility costs as reason for keeping documents from public

Parliament Hill and the Supreme Court of Canada shrouded in fog in Ottawa, on Nov 4.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Internal government documents show it would cost more than $1-billion each year to publish completed access-to-information requests online because of translation and accessibility requirements, but transparency advocates say this is a convenient excuse, allowing Ottawa to … Read more