Ontario leaders debate COVID, affordability and the climate crisis

It was all about crisis management. The Ontario leaders’ debate was dominated by the two-year COVID-19 crisis, the affordability crisis now threatening post-pandemic recovery and who is best positioned to tackle the climate crisis. As Ontarians head to the polls on June 2, the four main party leaders squared off Monday night for a boisterous … Read more

Five things to know about the Ontario leaders’ debate

Five things you need to know about the debate between Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca and Green Leader Mike Schreiner: Butter: The affable Schreiner, who is known to cooperate with MPs from all parties, earned Ford’s praise: “I can work with Mr. Schreiner…I just wish you … Read more

Google says Ottawa’s online news bill could help spread misinformation and propaganda

OTTAWA — Google, one of the web giants at the heart of the federal government’s online news bill, says the legislation could reduce the quality of journalism in Canada, contributing to a worrying spread of online misinformation . Bill C-18, also known as the Online News Act, would require major online platforms to share a … Read more

Google says Ottawa’s online news bill could help spread misinformation and propaganda

OTTAWA — Google, one of the web giants at the heart of the federal government’s online news bill, says the legislation could reduce the quality of journalism in Canada, contributing to a worrying spread of online misinformation . Bill C-18, also known as the Online News Act, would require major online platforms to share a … Read more

Ottawa is preparing a national plan to fight climate change

OTTAWA—Atmospheric rivers unleashing destructive torrents of rain. Historical floods. Deadly heat domes and raging wildfires with smoke veiling the sun. This is already the reality for Canada in a warming world, and now the federal government wants to guide provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and the private sector towards a new national strategy to prepare for … Read more

Ottawa is preparing a national plan to fight climate change

OTTAWA—Atmospheric rivers unleashing destructive torrents of rain. Historical floods. Deadly heat domes and raging wildfires with smoke veiling the sun. This is already the reality for Canada in a warming world, and now the federal government wants to guide provinces, territories, Indigenous groups and the private sector towards a new national strategy to prepare for … Read more

Doug Ford brings notes to the upcoming leaders’ debate. What will that make it look like?

Doug Ford’s request to bring notes Monday to a televised debate between the leaders of Ontario’s political parties was not refused, although it raised some eyebrows. But does it really matter, or is it much ado about nothing? Turns out it depends on who you ask. For Robin Sears, a longtime NDP strategist, the request … Read more

Will the Northlander train service finally be back on track?

NORTH BAY — Northerners hope we don’t take them for a ride. The four main parties promise Northlander trains – axed in 2012 by the then Liberal government seeking to cut costs – will get back on track if elected. But this is not the first time that a promise has been made to resume … Read more

Can Doug Ford’s nephew topple the incumbent NDP in a Liberal riding?

As the election heats up, local candidates try to prove they are in the best position to represent Queen’s Park voters. But the races are tight – and all sorts of factors could tip the outcome. Today we take a closer look at three compelling constituencies and what the candidates are up against. As he … Read more

Beginning of reservations for Ukrainian refugee flights to Canada

OTTAWA — Early next week, Ottawa will begin reserving seats on a first-come, first-served basis for the first of three federally chartered flights to ferry Ukrainian refugees to Canada. Some 900 refugees from Ukraine are expected to arrive in late May and early June, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told The Star on Friday, as efforts … Read more