City of Toronto, contractor cleaning up North York oil spill

City of Toronto staff and a contractor hired by an automotive manufacturing company are working to clean up an oil spill into the Humber River. On Monday, Toronto 311 received reports of an oil spill into a catch basin near Weston Road and Finch Avenue West. Lawson Oates, Toronto Water’s director environment and administration, said … Read more

Toronto conservation authority preparing for court after provincially significant wetland cleared for farming

A conservation authority is preparing for court after a provincially significant wetland near Toronto was altered. The wetland was previously set to be the site of a highly-protested Amazon distribution center. As first reported by the Narwhal, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) found earlier this month someone had cleared and tilled nearly 90 … Read more

Here’s what school boards will do in case of a strike Monday

Once again, the union representing education workers is threatening to strike. When negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Workers (CUPE) and the Ontario government, ten of thousands of Ontario school support workers walked off the job to picket on Nov. 7. The province-wide strike and negotiations resumed the next day, when Premier Doug Ford … Read more

Threat of CUPE strike leaves parents and students feeling frustrated as schools prepare to shut down and switch to online learning

The threat of a strike by education workers next Monday has parents and students feeling frustrated at the prospect of schools shutting down, again, and learning switching to online. On Wednesday, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 55,000 school support staff in Ontario, said if a contract agreement with the province isn’t reached … Read more

Why it’s getting harder to qualify for a mortage

Qualifying for a mortgage is becoming harder as private lenders tighten the purse strings and adjust their requirements due to drastically falling home prices and rapidly rising interest rates, experts say. Typically, prospective homebuyers have turned to private mortgage lenders when they’re unable to qualify at a Canadian bank. It can be a more attractive … Read more

Ontario repeals law that forced CUPE school staff back to work

The bill that overrode CUPE members’ Charter rights and imposed a four-year contract on them officially never happened. As promised — in writing — the Ontario government on Monday repealed its controversial Bill 28 that forced striking CUPE education workers back on the job and imposed a contract on them. “The Keeping Students in Class … Read more

Border agency blasted for delays in providing ArriveCan app costs

The Canada Border Services Agency was blasted Monday for delays in providing a parliamentary committee with all invoices related to the ArriveCAN app, as questions continue to swirl about its cost and who exactly built it. Appearing before the House of Commons standing committee on government operations and estimates, agency president Erin O’Gorman said CBSA … Read more

No bailout for Toronto in Doug Ford’s economic statement

Mayor John Tory is still waiting for a lifeline. The Ontario PC government released its fall economic statement on Monday, and it didn’t include the additional funding Tory says is urgently needed to shore up Toronto’s pandemic-battered finances. The province’s omission, which came as Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy projected a $12.9-billion deficit for Ontario this … Read more

Mask mandate call up to Ontario’s top doctor, says Doug Ford

It’s the top doctor’s call. Facing pressure to reinstate a provincial mask mandate amid overwhelmed pediatric intensive care units, Premier Doug Ford says any such move is up to Dr. Kieran Moore, the chief medical officer. “I follow the direction from Dr. Moore,” Ford told reporters Sunday in Etobicoke. “You know, wear a mask every … Read more

Dog owners react to rash of dead raccoons in the city

Archie smelled the body first, which was a surprise all in all, because for a body, it didn’t really stink that bad. “We were kind of on top of it,” said Liz Scanlon, who was with Archie that day. “I didn’t see it.” But Archie saw it — after he smelled it — and he … Read more