Posts Tagged ‘Ontario’

Former Ontario premier Mike Harris is raking in profits from the long-term care system he helped create..

June 19, 2020

Twenty-five years ago, Mike Harris and his Progressive Conservative party ousted Rae’s NDP government in Ontario, starting the so-called “common sense revolution.”

Pledging to tackle Ontario’s deficit, the Harris government pushed tax reductions and slashed public spending on health care, education and social services. The government closed hospitals and eliminated the jobs of thousands of nurses, infamously comparing them to obsolete hula hoop makers.

How Ontario cared for seniors did not escape the cuts. Harris’ government reduced the public role in long-term care, relaxing regulations and lessening public oversight. This wasn’t the start of privatization, but it certainly opened the doors much wider.

Doug Ford’s Conservatives are starving the human-rights system, says Del Duca..

June 14, 2020

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives have “slowly and deliberately starved to death” human rights protections, charges Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca.

Doug Ford’s attacks on labour are an attack on public health..

February 25, 2020

Here in Ontario, the Doug Ford government  moved swiftly once in office to proclaim the province “open for business” by dismantling workers’ paid sick leave protections and reintroducing sick notes in January 2019. Those protections had only been in effect for a year, implemented by the previous Liberal government after decades of grassroots activism. Ford repealed the measures within months of taking office.

Ontario police arrest First Nations protesters amid standoff with Canadian government over pipeline..

February 25, 2020
Police in Ontario arrested 10 people and dismantled the Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade that had shut down much of Canada’s rail traffic for the past two weeks, but the battle over a pipeline going through indigenous lands continues.

Mohawks set up barricades on the Canadian Pacific railway track on February 8, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs over in British Columbia, who are protesting efforts to build a natural gas pipeline through the land they claim. They demand that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau order the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) out of their territory before any negotiations can begin.

‘Doug Ford’s Tories treated your licence plates like political vanity plates. Until a cop caught them out’..

February 21, 2020

Within months of winning the 2018 election, Ford decided to turn his pedestrian campaign slogan — “Open for Business” — into a provincial credo. Henceforth, decreed the premier, his favourite phrase would be plastered on all new licence plates for commercial vehicles in Ontario.

Ontario premier swipes at ‘scary’ Sanders campaign..

February 9, 2020
Ontario premier swipes at 'scary' Sanders campaign
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford criticized Democrats during a visit to Washington, D.C., this week, calling Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders‘s (I-Vt.) campaign “scary.”

“We hope the election is going to turn out the right way … literally, the right way,” Ford said during an interview at a Canadian American Business Council event on Friday.

Doug Ford’s education cuts are killing our future..

February 4, 2020

Jonathan LeFresne has been teaching for seven years. After four years of short- and long-term occasional work, LeFresne got a full-time contract in the 2018-2019 school year with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). In spring 2019, Doug Ford’s government announced it was increasing class sizes, and LeFresne was declared surplus to the school, and later, the board. Despite assurances the TDSB would find a placement for him over the summer, on August 31 LeFresne was laid off.

Doug Ford voices support for plan to let developers hire their own inspectors..

January 28, 2020

Premier Doug Ford is voicing his support for a plan that could allow developers to hire their own building inspectors.

CBC Toronto was first to report on the government’s idea of creating a Certified Professionals Program that would allow architects and engineers to undergo additional training in the work that city inspectors do.

Under the plan, developers could then hire the newly-minted professionals, instead of calling in city inspectors to approve their progress. The City of Toronto is already voicing opposition, saying that raises a number of concerns including possible conflicts of interest.

Ford’s destructive cuts will have sweeping effects on health care..

November 21, 2019

It warms the soul to recall the day last June when Doug Ford was heartily booed by the enormous crowd in Nathan Phillips Square celebrating the Raptors — a crowd so big that it even dwarfed the one at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Humiliated by this stunning rebuke, the premier retreated from some of his more unpopular cutbacks.

But it would be a mistake to assume that Ford’s destructive austerity agenda has been derailed. On the contrary, it moves forward like a freight train, coming at us slowly but relentlessly, much of it under cover of darkness.

Canada: why Doug Ford is kryptonite for Conservatives’ election hopes..

October 10, 2019

Earlier this year, the Conservatives held a 10-point lead over the Liberals in Ontario – but that has now become a 10-point deficit, driven largely by Ford’s unpopularity, said Frank Graves, head of polling firm Ekos Research. “That’s an enormous transfer of seats from one side of the ledger to the other,” he said.