provincial government

As Doug Ford pursues his vision of paving over the greenbelt to help out his developer friends, resistance is popping up in unexpected places.  Most recently the Association of Municipalities of Ontario has made public their concerns regarding Bill 23.  Namely that they project a cost of approximately $1 Billion a year to municipalities due to loss of development fees.  As well as the untold projected costs of environmental damages due to the consequences of potentially building on flood plains or watersheds in the Greenbelt.  What is Doug Ford’s response?  It turns out that AMO has been excluded from committee meetings.Read More …

Ford and Clarke

WOW!!! What a week!

Doug Ford blinked before the entire province this week by capitulating to CUPE and revoking Bill 28.  This happened as a result of the mobilization and solidarity of the labour movement in Ontario, the likes of which haven’t really been seen in a few generations.

While that might sound like a reason to celebrate (it is), Doug Ford and his team haven’t wasted any time to back track on previous promises that they’ve made to voters.  Namely to keep the Greenbelt intact. Read More …

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As we’ve mentioned before, we can’t cover every race, but we can highlight some of the races we think are most interesting. This week we’re focusing on the Halton Regional Chair race. For the first time since the position became elected in 2000, there are three candidates in the race with clearly established credentials and contrasting platforms. Andrea Grebenc, former chair of the Halton District School Board did reply, and joined us to set out why she thinks she’s the right choice for the job.Read More …

Should politicians who are landlords make decisions that affect the housing market? Roland and Joel have a gentleman’s disagreement about what is realistic and desirable, and settle it under Queensbury rules. Roland regrets finding himself defending people in positions of power too often lately and wonders if he has gone soft.Read More …

We are joined by André Côté, Head of the Secure and Responsible Tech Policy program at Toronto Metropolitan University, to discuss what exactly is begind the PC government’s proposal to introduce strong mayor legislation for Toronto and Ottawa. Is it an idea with merit? And even if it is, are these proposal well thought out?Read More …