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'Big Cannabis' opens a backdoor to Ontario's pot lottery winners

Ontario - Cannabis firms with Limited Partnership (LP) support have started setting up partnerships with winners of the Ontario retail pot lottery - creating a grey area that may be a problem for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

High Tide to assist second Ontario pot store lottery winner

Ontario - Alberta-based High Tide Inc. has been chosen to assist a second lottery winner selected to apply for one of the first 25 cannabis retail licenses in Ontario.

Ontario's pot licence lottery — Why did Ford change the rules?

Last Friday, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario announced the names of the 25 winners of the lottery for retail cannabis licenses. Problem is, very few have any experience or connections to Canada’s cannabis industry.

Life thrives deep within the Earth — A journey into the Kidd Mine

Toronto - A short drive north of Timmons, Ontario, Canada is the world's oldest copper and zinc mine. The gaping pit is 100 meters (324 feet) across and up to 10,000 feet (3,300 meters) deep. But the mine holds a secret not many people know about.

Ontario residents allowed to smoke pot where cigarettes are legal

Toronto - Ontario's Progressive Conservative government on Wednesday loosened the province's Smoke-Free Ontario rules — allowing Ontarians to smoke recreational marijuana wherever it’s legal to smoke tobacco.

Toronto Court of Appeal rules in favor of council-cutting case

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has granted the province’s request to stay a lower court judge’s decision that set aside a law slashing the size of Toronto city council.

Canada loses over 51,000 jobs in biggest drop in almost a decade

Ottawa - Canada's economy lost 51,600 jobs last month in a decrease that drove up the unemployment rate and essentially wiped out a big gain in July, Statistics Canada said Friday.

Ontario Tesla owners to be included in rebate program

Toronto - Tesla buyers in Ontario will be getting their $14,000 rebates after Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government lost in court against the California-based electric car company.

Court rules in favor of Tesla over Ontario canceling EV rebates

Toronto - An Ontario court has ruled in favor of Tesla Motors Canada after the company filed an application claiming the Ontario government targeted the company when it canceled the province’s electric vehicle rebate program.

Out-of-control Ontario fire closes in on Trans-Canada Highway

The largest forest fire in northeastern Ontario is continuing to grow despite aerial and ground-level efforts to stop its spread.

Op-Ed: Has Doug Ford turned into Canada's very own Donald Trump?

Toronto - If the political climate in Ontario wasn't so darned serious - it would be almost laughable. Premier Doug Ford has become Canada's very own version of Donald Trump, using his power to halt some elections, and many feel he has stepped over the line.

Alberta firefighter dies fighting wildfires in Red Lake, Ontario

Ontario - This year's unusually active fire season in North America has taken another firefighter's life, this time in Northwestern Ontario on Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 homes on evacuation alert in B.C. due to wildfires

Kelowna - Some 123 fires are burning across the province, of which 41 are in the Kamloops Fire Centre, which includes the Okanagan. There are also significant wildfires raging in central and southeast B.C. and in Ontario.

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.
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The press conference held in front of Guelph City Hall, April 23, 2010 by the Hanlon Creek 5.
Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
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Wind turbines in Ontario.
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A large laker heads out of the Welland Canal, Lock 3 in St. Catherines, heading toward Lake St. Clair as another large Comercial laker waits to enter from the other direction to be lowered toward Lake Ontario.
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Photos from the July 6, 2013, Silver Willow Classic car and truck show in Mansfield, Ontario.
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GTA area residents at Good Jobs for All's Right and Dignity at work campaign listening tour at Mid-Scarborough The Hub Wednesday night.
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Winemaker hand picks frozen ice-wine grapes at Konzelmann Estate Wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Peak over the brush and just imagine you're on safari in Africa while you photo these amazing African elephants that are soon to head to California at Bob Barker's request to an elephant sanctuary.
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From left to right: City Councillor Mike Colle, Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne, TTC Chair Karen Stintz and MPP Josh Colle.
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The front of the large laker moves to the closed door in Lock 3 of the Welland Canal so it fits in the lock fully and the open door at the back can be closed.
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Legislative Assembly of Ontario located at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Looking up the Welland Canal from Lock 3 heading toward Port Dalhousie on Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada.
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Ste Anne's Spa and Dorset Manor
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The Toronto skyline in winter, seen from Ward's Island
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Map shows active fires in Ontario as of Saturday
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Parry Sound 33 Forest Fire
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Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.

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