Category Archives: Ontario/Quebec

Young Canadians file suit against federal over minimum voting age

Several young Canadians are taking the federal government to court in an effort to strike down the minimum voting age. They argue that denying citizens under the age of 18 the right to vote in federal elections is unconstitutional. They contend the

Ontario building new hospital in Mississauga, expanding facility in Toronto

Ontario says it's spending billions of dollars to build a new hospital in Mississauga, Ont., and expand another in Toronto.  Premier Doug Ford says together, the projects will add more than 500 hospital beds to the province. He's billing it as part

Ontario records 780 new COVID-19 infections and six more deaths

Ontario is reporting 780 new cases of COVID-19 today and six more deaths due to the virus. The province notes one death was removed from the cumulative total due to data cleaning, bringing Ontario's total to 10,005 deaths from the virus.  Health

Ontario using frequent Minister’s Zoning Orders to fast-track development: auditor

TORONTO — The Ontario government is employing a previously little-used land-planning tool to fast-track development and circumvent normal planning processes, the auditor general said in her annual report. An audit by Bonnie Lysyk's office released Wedn...

OPP officer PTSD contributing to staffing shortages: auditor general

TORONTO — Medical leave taken by Ontario Provincial Police officers with post-traumatic stress disorder is contributing significantly to understaffing at detachments across the province and affecting service levels, the auditor general has found. In he...

Key findings of the Ontario auditor general’s annual report

TORONTO — Ontario's auditor general released her annual report of value-for-money audits Wednesday, covering a range of issues. Here are some of the key findings: - More than $210 million in Ontario Small Business Grants intended for businesses that ha...

Montreal public health plans ‘suppressive’ approach to Omicron variant cases

Montreal is preparing a "suppressive" approach to COVID-19 infections involving the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, including aggressive protocols for isolating cases and tracing contacts, the city's public health director said Wednesday.  Pu...

Ontario gave $210M in COVID support to ineligible businesses: Auditor General

TORONTO — Ontario businesses that weren't eligible for pandemic relief programs received more than $200 million in provincial supports, others were given more money than they lost and some hard-hit vendors were excluded altogether, the province's audit...

Swift response to fourth COVID ICU surge in Ontario may be challenging: report

TORONTO — It may be harder for Ontario's health system to quickly respond to a surge in critically ill COVID-19 patients as non-virus care ramps up and workers contend with burnout, according to a new report that recommends sustained public

Legault criticized for saying he wishes gathering rules could be eased for holidays

MONTREAL — Premier François Legault says he would like to permit Quebec families to host up to 25 people for the Christmas holidays, but the opposition says the premier is sowing confusion and creating expectations. For the second consecutive day, Lega...