Ontario

Metrolinx wants to sell naming rights to key stations — but this hasn't worked well for other cities

Metrolinx wants to sell naming rights to key stations — but this hasn't worked well for other cities

The Government of Ontario — via its Metrolinx subsidiary — is looking into the sale of naming rights for GO Transit stations, parking lots and washrooms throughout the GTA in an effort to find new funding sources for the regional transit system. There are GO train stations and bus stops located from Kitchener to Peterborough and from Barrie to Niagara Falls.

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The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The latest moves in Doug Ford's plan to make Ontario "open-for-business"

The PC government of Ontario, being led by Doug Ford, promised to find billions of dollars in “efficiencies” in the provincial budget to remove. He’s continuously spewed out this line time after time, accusing the previous government of not being interested in and not allowing for businesses to operate in the province — which seems illogical and doesn’t make much sense.

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Premier Doug Ford is promising to use the "Notwithstanding Clause" — but what does that mean?

The new bill attempting to cut the size of Toronto City Council passed the first reading in Ontario’s legislature on Wednesday, after NDP MPPs were forced to leave the room after protesting the bill. Named the Efficient Local Government Act, the bill invokes Section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for the first time in the province’s history. The section is publicly known as the notwithstanding clause, and allows the government to pass laws overriding specific charter rights for a five-year period, before the law needs to be renewed.

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The Ford administration has changed its mind on Ontario's basic income pilot tests

The Ford administration has changed its mind on Ontario's basic income pilot tests

The Ontario government has changed course on Ontario's Basic Income pilot and will be cancelling it as soon as possible, and will also cut the planned 3 percent welfare increase in half. Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod said that the increase scheduled by the previous Liberal party would be reduced to 1.5 percent while the PCs begin a 100-day revamp of social assistance programs that help more than one million people. The Conservatives did not pledge to cut welfare increases during their campaign, but did promise to cut $6 billion from the budget without impacting jobs.

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Ontario residents are now learning how far-reaching the cap-and-trade program really was

School boards were recently notified that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will be eliminated, resulting in the cancellation of $100 million meant to be spent on repairs for this year due to the discontinuation of the cap-and-trade program that was to pay for the fund. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, schools have been advised to stop spending the money they were allotted immediately, which is disappointing for school boards including the Toronto District School Board, which is facing a $3.7 billion backlog of repairs.

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Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

Ontario's PC government is moving quickly to implement its campaign promises

The newly appointed PC government is wasting no time in making sweeping changes to the province's legislation, including incoming laws such as a reform of police oversight, discontinuation of the GreenON program which provided monetary incentives for people to upgrade their homes using eco-friendly products, a complete cancellation of the cap-and-trade program and more.

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OHIP+ will no longer cover people under 25 if they have private health insurance

OHIP+ will no longer cover people under 25 if they have private health insurance

With Doug Ford's government now in power, Health Minister Christine Elliott has announced that people under 25 years old with private insurance will no longer be eligible for free prescriptions under OHIP+, which is being implemented as a "cost-effective" change to the province's health system to save money.

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Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Doug Ford hasn't set foot in office yet, but his promised changes are already underway

Even though Doug Ford doesn't take control of office until tomorrow, he's already set the wheels in motion on a number of his plans. In the weeks superseding the Progressive Conservatives victory at the polls, Ford has vowed to dismantle the province's cap-and-trade program that funded green energy initiatives like free smart thermostats and energy efficient windows.

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Minimum wage was never intended for people to live on

When a government tells businesses how much they must pay employees, it runs the risk of decreasing the amount of positions available or eliminating them altogether. Most businesses are comfortable with paying their employees a reasonable and accessible wage, but when the minimum gets hiked up, they tend to look at automating aspects of the workplace to eliminate human employees.

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