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Recent articles by Robert:

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca promises to end Premier Doug Ford’s MZOs if elected

Del Duca said he would end the practice of using minister’s zoning orders to override local planning decisions. → Read More

Ford government seeks bids to build Bradford bypass bridge

Premier Doug Ford has started seeking bids to build sections of the controversial Bradford bypass freeway. → Read More

Conservatives defend troubled online registry that law firms say is hurting Ontario businesses

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government is defending its glitchy new online corporate registry that Bay Street law firms warn could dr... → Read More

Caroline Mulroney says public inquiry into Ottawa LRT fiasco is not about settling political scores

Transportation minister insists she’s not worried the public inquiry into the Ottawa LRT fiasco sets a precedent to probe other potential boondoggles ... → Read More

Doug Ford promotes production of electric vehicles on Ontario, softens hardline stance on subsidies

Premier Doug Ford hopes to jolt his re-election prospects with a push to manufacture more electric vehicles in Ontario. Ford, whose Progressive Conservatives controversially cancelled the previous Liberal government’s subsidies for buyers of electric cars three years ago, appeared Wednesday to soften his hardline stance on provincial tax breaks. “Before the election, I didn’t believe in giving… → Read More

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says a Liberal government would give veterans free transit, waive licence plate fees

Del Duca says if he topples Ford’s government in June, a Liberal government would give the province’s veterans free public transit and licence plate r... → Read More

Doug Ford says Ontario taxpayers will bankroll the toll-free Bradford Bypass

Ontario taxpayers will fully fund the new Bradford Bypass linking Highways 400 and 404, vows Premier Doug Ford. → Read More

Doug Ford’s ‘staycation’ plan will give Ontarians money to vacation closer to home

A new temporary “staycation” tax credit will allow Ontarians to claim up to $1,000 for individuals or $2,000 for families on 2022 holiday rental accom... → Read More

Ontario’s mini-budget will tout new highways as Tories’ hope for post-pandemic recovery

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy hopes to chart a road map for post-pandemic Ontario with a mini-budget touting job-creating infrastructure project... → Read More

Flanked by union leaders, Doug Ford raises Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 an hour

Premier Doug Ford’s surprise pre-election boost of the minimum wage to $15-an-hour — three years after he scrapped a scheduled increase and during a p... → Read More

Doug Ford to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour on Jan. 1, sources say

Doug Ford, who cancelled a planned 2019 hike to $15-an-hour after his Progressive Conservatives took power three years ago, will increase it from $14.... → Read More

Judge throws out former Conservative MP’s lawsuit against Premier Doug Ford’s Tories

An Ontario Superior Court judge has thrown out a spurned former Conservative MP’s lawsuit against Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives. → Read More

Former Conservative MP sues provincial Tories over failed nomination bid

A former Conservative MP is suing the provincial Tories, alleging it was “unlawful” and “inequitable” for Premier Doug Ford to appoint another nominat... → Read More

Doug Ford says ‘no one can predict the end’ of the pandemic, but Ontario’s COVID-19 trends look promising

Daily COVID-19 cases are steadily declining and most businesses have reopened to normal capacity, but Premier Doug Ford says the pandemic is not over ... → Read More

Insiders insist Doug Ford is ‘following a plan’ even as PC caucus loses a 7th MPP

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative ranks keep thinning. Almost one-tenth of those elected with Ford three years ago have quit or been fired. → Read More

Doug Ford refuses to apologize for comment about immigrants

Rejecting calls to apologize for controversial comments about new Canadians, Premier Doug Ford says “great hard-working immigrants” are key to his ele... → Read More

Premier Doug Ford’s Tory government to table mini-budget on Nov. 4

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will outline the Progressive Conservatives’ plans for tackling the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Ontario law will guarantee washroom access to delivery workers

The days of delivery workers getting the bum’s rush when trying to use the washroom at a restaurant or office will soon be behind us. → Read More

Premier Doug Ford signals strong support for controversial Highway 413

Ford, who is on a campaign-style swing to Windsor on Monday, is signalling that the Progressive Conservatives’ road to re-election will be paved with ... → Read More

If I don’t change Ontario’s election law, I’ll resign as premier, Steven Del Duca promises

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca is promising major electoral reform — including ranked ballots for voting — if he unseats Doug Ford as premier next yea... → Read More