Tag: News/Canada/Toronto

7 fatal overdoses in under 2 weeks prompt Toronto police to issue public warning

Toronto police have issued a public safety warning about dangerous opioids they believe are being sold in the downtown core after seven people died from overdoses over the past 12 days. Police have been called to a number of overdoses since Aug. 2, Const. David Hopkinson told CBC Toronto on Tuesday evening, noting the seven deaths, all occurring in 14 Division — incorporating including Dupont Street […]

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Ontario caps off summer session with bill slashing Toronto city council

Ontario has approved a plan to reduce the number of Toronto city councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of this October’s election. The province’s new Progressive Conservative government passed the Better Local Government Act, also known as Bill 5, on Tuesday afternoon, despite receiving no support from the opposition parties, which condemned the move as undemocratic during […]

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Ontario to allow private retailers to sell cannabis, province will handle online sales

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government announced today it will allow recreational pot to be sold in retail stores while the province will handle online sales. Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney laid out the government’s plan for a hybrid system in an announcement Monday at Queen’s Park, stressing the government’s priorities would be public […]

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Ontario baby boomers are planning to downsize or move out of big cities: survey

More than half of Ontario baby boomers consider big cities unaffordable for retirement, according to a new survey from Royal LePage. So they’re considering moving out, or downsizing. That means that baby boomers are looking to re-enter the housing market by selling their family homes. The survey polled 1,000 Canadians, born between 1946 and 1964, online between […]

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‘It’s not news’: Doug Ford’s Ontario News Now attempts to muzzle media, experts say

The Progressive Conservative government’s production of a TV-news-style video under the banner of “Ontario News Now” is a “pure example of fake news” that aims to undercut the pillars of democracy and muzzle media, political policy experts say. “Having a separate news channel kind of corrodes the function of the democratic media, because it assumes that the media […]

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Ontario minister admits Ford government broke election promise by scrapping basic income project

An Ontario minister admits the new government has backtracked on a campaign promise to keep the province’s basic income pilot project in place.  Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod blamed the “realities” the Progressive Conservatives faced, upon coming into power last month, for the decision she announced on Tuesday. “[There’s] the decision in the campaign and then you find the […]

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Candidate seeks injunction to delay Ontario’s plans to slash Toronto city council

A lawyer vying for a spot on Toronto city council is taking legal action to delay Ontario’s plans to redraw the city’s political map.  Rocco Achampong, a candidate for Ward 13 (Eglinton-Lawrence), applied for an injunction at the Toronto division of Ontario Superior Court at noon on Tuesday — looking to suspend legislation put forward by the Progressive Conservative government “until it […]

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Danforth shooting victims Reese Fallon, Julianna Kozis to be laid to rest today

Funerals for the two people killed in a shooting rampage on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue just over a week ago will be held today.  Reese Fallon, 18, will be laid to rest in suburban Scarborough, while 10-year-old Julianna Kozis’s funeral will be at a Greek Orthodox church in Markham.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to attend Fallon’s funeral.  […]

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‘We wish our sweet angel eternal peace’: Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon mourned at visitation

Crowds of tearful mourners gathered to remember Reese Fallon at a public visitation on Sunday, a week after she was killed in a shooting rampage in Toronto’s bustling Greektown neighbourhood. They lined up quietly inside the east Toronto funeral home, tissues in hand, to grieve the 18-year-old who died when a gunman opened fire on […]

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‘We will never forget you for one moment,’ says family of Danforth shooting victim Reese Fallon

The family of an 18-year-old woman fatally shot by a gunman in Toronto’s Greektown this week has issued a statement, saying they will always carry her memory in their hearts. “We wish our sweet angel eternal peace and light. We will never forget you for one moment,” the family of Reese Fallon said.  The family’s message was […]

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Toronto mayor accuses premier of ‘meddling’ in coming election over plan to cut number of councillors

Ontario’s newly elected Progressive Conservative government will unilaterally cut the size of Toronto’s city council by nearly half — a move that Mayor John Tory slammed as inappropriate “meddling” in municipal affairs, while facing questions himself over what he knew and when. Premier Doug Ford confirmed this morning that he would introduce legislation to reduce the number […]

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Ontario reportedly plans to slash Toronto city council

Ontario’s new government is reportedly planning to redraw the City of Toronto’s ward boundaries and cut the number of city councillors from 47 to 25. Premier Doug Ford is expected to announce the plan on Friday, the Toronto Star reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources within the Progressive Conservative government. The reported move comes after Toronto city council […]

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Ontario formally requests $200M from Ottawa for asylum seeker costs

Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government has formally requested $200 million from Ottawa to cover the costs of dealing with asylum seekers crossing into the province from the United States. In a letter to her federal counterpart, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod said that “Ontario can only do so much” and expressed concern over Ottawa’s […]

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