Highlights from the Ontario auditor general’s 2022 report

This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. To order presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com Bonnie Lysyk releases her annual report on Wednesday. Here are the key points. By Queen’s Park Bureau Wed., Nov. 30, 2022timer2 min read … Read more

Ontario labour leaders celebrate court decision that struck down Bill 124

Labor leaders in Ontario are celebrating after a court ruled the Ford government’s controversial wage restraint law — Bill 124 — unconstitutional. That decision could be subject to an immediate appeal from the province, which said its “intention is to appeal” the Superior Court of Ontario ruling. However, even as the future of the struck-down … Read more

Advocates for elderly patients vow Charter challenge to Ontario LTC law

TORONTO — Health-care advocates say they are preparing a possible constitutional challenge to an Ontario law that allows some discharged elderly hospital patients to be forced into a nursing home they did not choose. Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition, describes the More Beds Better Care Act as “fundamentally discriminatory” against the … Read more

Housing bill threatens Toronto programs, says city manager

A briefing note to Toronto council is warning that new Ontario legislation could harm the city’s ability to build new affordable rentals and homeless shelters, and protect ones that already exist. And it would do so while taking an estimated $200-million from the city’s embattled coffers. The newly released note, penned by interim city manager … Read more

Toronto Mayor John Tory defends ‘unprecedented’ new mayoral powers

Mayor John Tory said he made it known he was in favor of the provincial government’s decision to grant Toronto’s next leader “strong mayor powers,” but he was forced to defend his lobbying efforts to strengthen them further, in a move that has many decrying an erosion of municipal democracy. On Wednesday, Ontario’s Minister of … Read more

Ontario gives more ‘strong mayor’ powers to Toronto, Ottawa

TORONTO — Ontario is planning to extend further “strong mayor” powers to the leaders of Toronto and Ottawa, and is reviewing the role of regional governments, in new legislation the opposition decides as antidemocratic. The bill introduced Wednesday by Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark is part of the government’s push to build 1.5 … Read more

Ottawa and province must not drag out Toronto’s funding crisis

In Monday’s fall economic statement, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy pegged this fiscal year’s shortfall at $12.9 billion. That’s just about on par with the shortfall he claimed Ontario would have in 2021-22, until — surprise — he discovered we had a $2.1 billion surplus. That suggests the Ford government is continuing to follow its … Read more

Dr. Kieran Moore recommends masks in indoor settings, including schools

When it comes to masking, do it for the kids. Ontario’s chief medical officer issued a new appeal for mask wearing in indoor social settings as well as indoor public spaces to slow the spread of respiratory viruses like flu, RSV and COVID-19 that are sending young children to hospital emergency rooms at double or … Read more

Ontario school support staff walkout leaves parents scrambling

As defiant school support staff prepare to walk off the job across the province on Friday, parents are left struggling to find child care and voicing concerns about yet another disruption to learning. Others are looking for ways to support the protesting workers. “I stand with education workers who are making a low wage and … Read more

Ontario back in black as budget deficits eliminated: fiscal watchdog

Ontario is in back in the black, according to the province’s independent fiscal watchdog. The Financial Accountability Office (FAO) issued a report Thursday that projects Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives will have budget surpluses this fiscal year and through 2027-28. That will put pressure on the Tories to loosen the purse strings amid contract negotiations … Read more