Doug Ford’s government is under fire after the Red Cross asked for help at the children’s hospital

The Ontario government is under fire for failing to properly resource the health care system after the Red Cross agreed to help a major hospital in Ottawa deal with a massive wave of children with respiratory viruses. “Enlisting the Red Cross to help in our hospitals should never happen,” Peter Tabuns, interim leader of the … Read more

Trudeau offers scathing assessment of police during occupation

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he had no confidence in the Ottawa Police Department’s response to the self-described “Freedom Convoy” protests, even in the early days, and the RCMP has not informed him of any joint operational plan that could end the Ottawa blockades as he was about to invoke the Emergency Act. … Read more

Lawyer Freedom Convoy called ‘idiot’ after mistaken identity

OTTAWA — A lawyer for the organizers of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” ran to confront a man outside the Emergency Law investigation on Thursday, whom he mistook for the person he has repeatedly accused — despite ardent denials and without providing evidence – of carrying a Nazi flag at last winter’s protests. The lawyer was … Read more

‘Indefensible’ that Toronto’s request for drug decriminalization has not yet been granted, lawyer says

OTTAWA -Toronto’s request to decriminalize drug possession remains on hold nearly a year after it was made, in part because of “political cowardice” in Ottawa, a harm reduction advocate says. “People are dying because the drug supply is contaminated and toxic. Criminalizing people for simple personal possession and use of drugs will do more harm … Read more

‘Please tell me where my father is’: Toronto woman calls for release of Chinese human rights activist detained in Vietnam

The daughter of a missing Chinese human rights activist publicly pleaded with the Canadian government on Thursday to pressure Vietnam and China to reveal his whereabouts. “Please tell me where my father is,” Katherine Dong said tearfully at a press conference on Parliament Hill. “Allow the Canadian government to visit him immediately and let him … Read more

The Halton school board says it cannot impose a dress code on teachers

The Halton public school board says it cannot enact a dress code for teachers — in part because it would expose “considerable accountability” — despite numerous complaints about a teacher at Oakville Trafalgar High School wearing oversized prosthetic breasts with protruding fake nipples. In a report presented to the trustees on Wednesday, the director of … Read more

Doug Ford says he doesn’t ‘want to fight’ with CUPE, new offering for lower-paid school workers

When the students returned to classrooms and contract talks resumed with CUPE school supporters on Tuesday, a conciliatory Prime Minister Doug Ford said he had made “an improved offer” and no longer “wants to fight.” “If I have to put some water in my wine, so be it… I want the kids to be in … Read more

Ontario CUPE strike: Members gather outside Queen’s Park as Doug Ford government appeals to labor council to stop it

As thousands of striking school supporters protest in Queen’s Park and across the county, the government faces the Labor Relations Commission trying to end CUPE’s jobs campaign. “Immediately after the promulgation of the Keeping Students in Class Act (Thurs afternoon), we filed a complaint with the Ontario Labor Relations Board in response to CUPE’s illegal … Read more

Ford government, CUPE expects to return to brokered talks on Wednesday

KEY FACTS CUPE approved a revised offer late at night before halting talks for the night A source said the government will review the offer and have more to say on Wednesday The Ford administration continued to push through controversial legislation banning workers from striking and imposing a four-year contract. The county and union representing … Read more