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Op-Ed: To 'Make Ontario Great Again' — Doug Ford axes green energy

Toronto - With Doug Ford in the leader's chair, Ontario will never be the same and Canada, instead of becoming a leader in tech and innovation, as well as an active player in the clean energy sector, will end up suffering, much the way the U.S. has under Trump.

Ontario shuts down EV rebates leaving Tesla owners owing $14,000

Toronto - Some Tesla customers say they now have to fork over an extra $14,000 for their new Model 3 electric cars because of Ontario's sudden decision to end an incentive program for electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Crews battle dozens of forest fires in northeastern Ontario

Due to the extreme fire hazard, several recent periods of heavy lightning and the large number of wildfires burning, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has implemented a Restricted Fire Zone in some areas of Northeastern Ontario.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford revokes carbon pricing regulation

Toronto - In a statement released Tuesday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he has revoked the regulation that kept the province's carbon pricing system in place.

Candidates hit the trail once more before Ontario election

Ontario - The leaders of Ontario's three main political parties are hitting the trail one last time this weekend as campaigning begins to wind-down before the June 7 provincial elections.

Using an AI named Polly to predict human behaviour

AI is a game changer during election time and it's made its way into the Ontario election with Polly — the AI from Advanced Symbolics Inc., a company that describes itself at the intersection of artificial intelligence and market research.

Ford campaign confirms actors were hired for Monday debate rally

Doug Ford’s campaign has confirmed that actors were hired to play Progressive Conservative supporters outside the Monday night Ontario leaders’ debate in the June 7 provincial election.

Op-Ed: Ontario election: Where do the parties stand on the environment?

Toronto - The 42nd Ontario general election takes place on on June 7, 2018, and among the leading parties there are the established positions on taxation rates, health and education. One more interesting area of policy debate centers on the environment.

Ontario project to connect 16 First Nation communities to grid

Thunder Bay - A new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province will see 16 northern communities connected to the power grid in a $1.6-billion project that will end their dependence on diesel fuel for power.

Ontario Liquor Control Board announces cannabis deal

Toronto - The Ontario government will use Shopify's e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and also in stores. The province intends to be the only distributor of legal recreational cannabis.

Ontario plans to lash back at states adopting 'Buy American'

Ontario - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will introduce a bill this month to retaliate against any U.S. state that adopts Buy America provisions.

Buyers of electric trucks in Ontario can get up to $75,000 rebate

Ontario - Canada's most populous province, Ontario, is introducing a new electric truck rebate program that offers buyers rebates of up to 60 percent of the incremental purchase cost of an electric truck, compared with an equivalent diesel vehicle.

Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada

Ontario - BYD Co, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Ontario, Canada next year.

Whitesand First Nation biomass project gets funding boost

Armstrong - The Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation began construction on Monday of an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities, thanks to the support of the federal and provincial governments.

Ontario Power Generation refuses to budge on Lake Huron site

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is refusing to budge on its contention that a planned nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron is still the best and most cost-effective site. The company issued a new analysis reaffirming its reasons for the preferred site.

78 arrested in human trafficking probe in Ontario

London - In southwestern Ontario, 78 people were arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation, which started in October 2016.

Environmentalists welcome end to turtle hunting in Canada

Toronto - Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by the regional government of Ontario to stop hunting the endangered snapping turtle.

Ontario to help critically ill kids affected by Trump travel ban

Toronto - Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the province is working to bring extremely ill children to the province. These children were scheduled to receive life-saving treatment in the U.S. but are now barred from entry due to the travel ban.

Ontario proposes basic income of least $1,320 a month

The Canadian province of Ontario is planning to pay a basic income of at least $1,320/month to its citizens. It will be launching a pilot project in a number of communities in the province by Spring 2017.

Ontario to raise minimum wage to $11.40 per hour

The general minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $11.40 from $11.25 per hour on October 1, 2016. It is part of the province's plan to build up Ontario and to help low income workers.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Strong summer storm packs rare punch — Tornado strikes Ashburn

Oshawa - Teams from Environment Canada began cleaning up debris Saturday after powerful summer storms toppled trees and damaged homes south of Toronto, even spawning a small tornado.

Canada in need of widespread dental care reform Special

A country-wide dental cost reform may be on its way if Quebecers get their way. In early April, the Quebec-based Journal de Montreal released a report finding dental fees in La Belle province were the most expensive in the country.

Canadian gets five years in U.S. prison in turtle smuggling case

Detroit - A Canadian man who made numerous trips to Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China will spend nearly five years in a U.S. federal prison for smuggling. The sentence was handed down on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

Father wouldn't stop homeopathy on autistic sons, loses custody

Toronto - A father in Ontario lost custody of his two young sons, in part because he refused to stop trying to cure the boys' autism and other illnesses with homeopathy. The boys, aged nine and ten have "severe and profound" autism spectrum disorder.

Review: ‘Crimson Peak’ is the epitome of a gothic horror romance Special

‘Crimson Peak’ is Guillermo del Toro’s stunning gothic horror romance that uses a deadly mystery to draw audiences into the Victorian ghost story.

Ontario to allow beer sales in some grocery stores

Toronto - The premier of the province of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announced the government will allow beer to be sold in up to 450 grocery stores.

Ontario's clean energy plan wins green approval Special

Toronto - Ontario has announced that it will instigate a so-called "cap-and-trade" system on carbon emissions from businesses. This move has been welcomed by environmental groups.

Canadian paleontologist helps crack turtle smuggling case

Vancouver - When wildlife officials needed help identifying several species of turtles and tortoises whose shells and shell fragments were sent unlawfully to an Ontario herbal supply company, they knew paleontologist Don Brinkman was their man.
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Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
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Good Jobs for All - A community Labour-coalition
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The Medway Creek north of London is Christmas card pretty after the passing of the recent severe winter storm.
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Gas that bubbles out of the floor in a deep mine has a chemical composition that can provide the food source for microbes living in deep ancient fluids underground
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At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto  hundreds of familie...
At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
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Lake Ontario waves pounding Tommy Thompson Park
Proposed location of nuclear waste dump
Proposed location of nuclear waste dump
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Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario
Kathleen Wynne is the Premier of Ontario
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Jake Shimabukuro dazzles audience with his live Ukulele concert
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Muskrat in Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park