Canada’s Green Party was on a mission to save the planet. With its credibility in tatters, is there any point in continuing?

OTTAWA — The federal Green Party’s two members of Parliament and its interim leader arrived at a news conference in Ottawa this week to talk about climate change. But when time came for questions from the media, the politicians were forced onto terrain that has exhausted and troubled their party for more than two years: … Read more

Ontario’s finance minister hints at support to fight inflation

Ontario is earmarking millions more to help parents hire tutors for kids who struggled in the pandemic and hinting at financial supports to ease the sting of fast-rising prices after notching an unexpected $2.1-billion budget surplus. And in a symbolic move, a pay hike of almost $26,000 annually for MPPs triggered by the windfall under … Read more

Trudeau wants to join allies fighting China’s trade pressure

OTTAWA—Canada will co-ordinate its coming Indo-Pacific strategy with allies like South Korea to align on human rights and trade so China doesn’t pit one country against another vying for “bits of access” to the world’s largest market, says Prime Secretary Justin Trudeau. Standing next to Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Trudeau said “it makes sense” … Read more

Marit Stiles first contender for leader of the Ontario NDP

The race for NDP leader is on — but just one person is in the running so far. New Democrat MPP Marit Stiles formally announced her candidacy on Thursday at a Bloor St. restaurant in her Davenport riding, making her the first to declare. MPP Catherine Fife (Waterloo) told the Star she is still considering … Read more

Canada’s new ambassador to China vows to raise human rights concerns

OTTAWA — The federal government has chosen a career diplomat who says defending human rights and repairing the Canada-China relationship are her main focus as Ottawa’s new ambassador to China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Jennifer May, most recently ambassador to Brazil, as his new envoy to Beijing, ditching his practice of putting political appointees … Read more

Ontario’s school support staff to hold strike vote

Some 55,000 school support staff will be taking a strike vote starting Friday — a vote that comes on the heels of two days of negotiations with the province that their union leadership is called frustrating. Laura Walton, president of the Ontario School Board Council of Unions, said the vote will give the bargaining team … Read more

Canadian Armed Forces reservist who equated COVID-19 vaccinations with ‘murder’ pleads guilty to misconduct

A Canadian Armed Forces reservist was fined $4,200 and will receive a “severe reprimand” after pleading guilty on Thursday to a misconduct charge for urging military personnel not to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, which he linked to murder. The charge of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline” against Officer Cadet Ladislas Kenderesi, 60, … Read more

Toronto MPP Marit Stiles first to announce she’s running for Ontario NDP leader

The first candidate is out of the gates in the race to replace Andrea Horwath as NDP leader and set a new path for the party after it lost almost one-quarter of its seats in June’s provincial election. Four months after Horwath stepped down, MPP Marit Stiles is stepping up, launching her campaign Thursday in … Read more

Pay now or pay more later when it comes to climate change, Ontario’s FAO says in new report

It’s a case of pay now or pay more later when it comes to climate change, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office says in a new report. The cost of adapting Ontario’s roads, bridges, large culverts, rail tracks and other transportation infrastructure to better withstand the extremes of hot temperatures and increasingly heavy rainfall over the rest … Read more

Elections Ontario finds ‘apparent contravention’ in Liberal candidate’s nomination papers

Elections Ontario says it has found an “apparent contravention” of the Elections Act by a Chatham-area Liberal candidate in the June 2 provincial election following NDP complaints she used improper signatures for re nomination papers. The provincial agency has referred the matter to the Ministry of the Attorney General under section 95 of the act, … Read more