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Recent articles by Robert:

Doug Ford pledges to spend $730M extending all-day GO trains to Durham Region

Ford is promising to extend GO Train service to Bowmanville if re-elected on June 2. → Read More

Want to find out where to vote in Ontario? There’s an app for that

Elections Ontario wants to make it easier for people to vote in the June 2 campaign. To that end, Ontario’s chief electoral officer said the number of days for advance voting has been doubled. → Read More

Ontario NDP pledges four-year tax freeze for low- and middle-income families

Ontario New Democrats would freeze taxes on low- and middle-income families for four years if they win the June 2 election, the Star has learned. → Read More

$30,000 in payments to Tory MPP raises ‘troubling questions,’ Del Duca says

A Tory MPP accepting $30,000 from an ex-lover — who pushed for a transit station near his family business — “raises a lot of troubling questions,” says Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca. → Read More

Tory MPP owes me $30,000, ex-lover claims in lawsuit

A Progressive Conservative MPP is being sued by a former romantic partner who alleges she owes him more than $30,000, court documents say. → Read More

NDP’s Black caucus members criticize ouster of incumbent MPP

As members of the Ontario NDP’s Black caucus publicly criticize the party’s failure to protect an incumbent, MPP Kevin Yarde says he is weighing his future political options. → Read More

Tories move to shore up northern flank ahead of June 2 election

With the Ontario election fewer than eight weeks away, the governing Progressive Conservatives are moving to shore up their northern flank. → Read More

Ontario’s Green Party wants to double the size of the Greenbelt by including a ‘Bluebelt’ of protected waterways

The Greens want to put a lot more green in the Greenbelt by adding a bunch of blue. → Read More

Hospital president to run for Liberals in Tory-held Etobicoke-Lakeshore

The Ontario Liberals are hoping Lee Fairclough will be just what the doctor ordered to help them win an Etobicoke seat in the June 2 election. → Read More

Premier Doug Ford to cut gas taxes by 5.7 cents a litre — after the June 2 election

Four years after making the pledge and one month before the official start of the election campaign, Ford is finally cutting gas taxes. → Read More

NDP promises $1.15B mental health program if it wins Ontario election

The New Democrats are promising to create a universal mental health benefits program for all Ontarians if the party is elected June 2, the Star has learned. → Read More

Liberals would hike Ontario’s minimum wage to at least $16, Del Duca says

An Ontario Liberal government would impose a “regional living wage” starting at $16 an hour and give all workers portable drug, dental and mental health benefits, the Star has learned. → Read More

Ex-NDP MPP Paul Miller says he is a victim of ‘cancel culture’ for an ‘offensive’ social media post he didn’t write

MPP Paul Miller, ejected from the NDP caucus for undisclosed reasons, says he is a victim of “cancel culture” and will run as an Independent in the June 2 election to clear his name. → Read More

Andrea Horwath won’t say why Hamilton MPP was kicked out of NDP caucus

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is refusing to say why Paul Miller was ejected from the New Democratic caucus, prompting accusations from the Progressive Conservatives and Liberals of a “double standard.” → Read More

Doug Ford unveils mining strategy in Northern Ontario

With the June 2 election just 11 weeks away, Doug Ford was at a massive mine outside Thunder Bay on Thursday to unveil a five-year, 53-page “critical minerals strategy” for the province. → Read More

Justin Trudeau and Doug Ford agree $10-a-day child care deal for Ontario parents is coming ‘soon’

It’s the clearest signal yet that the Ontario government is finally set to sign a deal with Ottawa to deliver $10-a-day child care. → Read More

Doug Ford warns Tory MPPs to stay out of federal Conservative leadership race

With an election 11 weeks away and the province still dealing with COVID-19, Ford said he doesn’t want PC MPPs working on leadership campaigns. → Read More

CTV News expresses ‘regrets’ over story that ended Patrick Brown’s leadership of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives

CTV News has expressed “regrets” over a 2018 story about then-Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown with “factually incorrect” information that caused “harm” to his provincial political career. → Read More

Former premier Bill Davis to be honoured in Brampton

Former premier Bill Davis is being commemorated with a park memorial in his beloved Brampton. → Read More

Doug Ford says Ottawa protesters are ‘hurting more people than the pandemic could ever hurt’

The “occupiers” who have illegally blockaded downtown Ottawa for nearly three weeks are now causing more pain than the pandemic, charges Premier Doug Ford. → Read More