By Susan Delacourt National Columnist Wed., May 15, 2019 Doug Ford’s new wave of TV and radio ads attacking the federal carbon pricing scheme are exposing a hole in the laws covering political advertising in this country — a hole the size of a large, gas-guzzling vehicle. Provincial governments are not factored in as players in any rules governing spending on political ads at the federal level, so technically and legally, Ontario’s premier has more freedom to fight Justin Trudeau on the ad front this year than Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer does. The same goes for new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, or any of the other Conservative premiers lined up against Trudeau at the first ministers’ table. If they decide to form a united Conservative advertising front for Scheer and against Trudeau, the ad-spending limits in the federal election go out the window. Trudeau’s government has tightened up election-advertising rules since the … [Read more...] about Ontario’s attack ads slide past federal rules
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By Martin Regg Cohn Ontario Politics Columnist Fri., May 10, 2019 It’s hard to interest people in a lament for our lost legislature — everyone assumes readers don’t care enough to click, let alone vote. If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears, did it happen? If a legislature fades in a democracy and no one notices, does it matter? Judge for yourself, based on this day in the life of our legislature: It begins with the morning question period. In fairness, it is not called “answer period,” but the premier of the day is expected to make a pretence of debate — perhaps resorting to self-deprecating humour or self-righteous anger to diss the questioner, dismiss the question, diminish the opposition, buttress his own government, but at least address the topic (or in rare instances, reply to a serious question with a serious answer). Not today. The Official Opposition NDP asks about budget cuts, but Premier Doug Ford has a … [Read more...] about A depressing day for democracy in Ontario
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 General Motors says it will keep its Oshawa plant on life support. That’s better than the company’s original decision last fall to shut down its operations there entirely. But it’s not much better. And it leaves unanswered a fundamental question: Is there a viable future for the auto industry in Ontario? Wednesday’s announcement confirmed rumours that have been in the air for weeks. The company says it will expand its existing stamping operations in Oshawa to produce more aftermarket auto parts such as body panels. It will also build a new testing track for autonomous and electrical vehicles at its existing technical centre. Altogether, the company reckons these moves will cost $170 million and provide 300 jobs. That’s not nearly enough to compensate for the 2,600 that are due to be lost when the Oshawa plant stops assembling vehicles at the end of this year. Article … [Read more...] about Rethinking Ontario’s auto plan
By Christopher Hume Star Columnist Mon., May 6, 2019 By the time Ontario Premier Doug Ford is finished with Toronto, the city will be lucky if it’s allowed to hire a dogcatcher without Queen’s Park first passing enabling legislation. Mayor John Tory will want to keep his short pants close at hand. Forget about governing by disruption, Ford’s gleeful politics of destruction have wreaked havoc across the province, nowhere more so than in its largest city, which he is remaking as fast as the legislative process will allow. Last week alone he cleared the way for the province to “upload” Toronto’s subway system, undid Ontario Municipal Board reform and, to add insult to injury, brought back old developer-friendly rules, and then withdrew funding that supports more than 6,000 subsidized daycare spots in Toronto. Last fall, Ford cut Toronto city council in half, seemingly on a whim, and again made a point of adding insult to injury … [Read more...] about Booze, speed and dangerous cuts — is this what Ontarians want?
By Andrea Yu Special to the Star Tues., April 30, 2019 Restaurateur siblings Jeff and May Dang can remember their first few trips to the Ontario Food Terminal to source produce for their Adelaide St. W. eatery. “They looked at us so weird,” May Dang recalls. “They have so many people that come in and say ‘I want the biggest tomatoes possible, the best looking.’” But the Dangs were after the slightly wonky produce that wouldn’t make the esthetic cut for traditional grocery stores or restaurants but are still fresh, healthy and good to eat. The Dangs are able to save up to 30 per cent in food costs when procuring carrots that have grown crooked, cucumbers that are a bit small or peppers that are in between colour (fun fact: green, yellow and red peppers are the exact same pepper at different stages of ripeness). It makes no difference to the Dangs. Article Continued Below “We’re gonna cut it up … [Read more...] about Toronto restaurateurs add imperfect produce to dishes, not dumps