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Reevely: Abortion-clinic law everybody wants continues to divide politicians at Queen's Park

A new law creating anti-protest bubble zones around Ontario abortion clinics and the people who work in them should be in place within a couple...

Reevely: Ontario's Liberals revel in the easy wins such as wine in grocery stores

Finance Minister Charles Sousa trooped out to a Toronto grocery store Friday to stand in front of shelves of wine. Again. Sixty-seven groceries across Canada's...

Byelection to replace Madeleine Meilleur called for Nov. 17

The seat at Queen's Park has been vacant since June 30, when Liberal MPP and former attorney general Madeleine Meilleur retired after 13 years. Last...

Adam: Beware of the Wynne government's latest promise to review the OMB

We want to give Ontario municipalities more power to determine what is best for their communities,” John Gerretsen said in 2005. That review spawned the...

Don't link Ontario cap-and-trade to California market, opposition ...

After two weak auctions, opposition parties are calling on the Ontario government to stay out of the turbulent joint carbon market.Bombing cap and trade auctions...

@Kady's Watchlist for Aug. 23 – Ministers and mayors team up to ...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will follow up a two-day cabinet retreat in Sudbury by joining Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for an announcement at the Barrie ...New...

$2B tunnel will require more studies with cash coming from feds, province

Watson noted a big chunk of the $2-billion estimate is contingency and the city would need to fine-tune the costs when it knows more about...

Personal support workers say reduced hours have erased pay raise

Based on what he heard, he has raised concerns with Health Minister Eric Hoskins as well as the Champlain CCAC. Hillier said he was astonished...

What to do: Summer fairs, circus and Greek fest

... be performed in January, alongside comedian and Fringe tourer DeAnne Smith at Rise Up, a funding evening for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, including...

Reevely: Ontario's Liberals call a byelection … but not for Ottawa-Vanier

Ottawa-Vanier will go into the fall without a provincial representative, it seems, as the Liberals hold off calling a byelection for the seat ex-MPP Madeleine...

Ottawa police play basketball at St. Luke's

The Ottawa Police Service played a friendly basketball game at St. Luke's Park against members of the community on Saturday. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi,...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 28 – Phoenix payroll problems force emergency committee confab

Outside the capital, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains teams up with Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Ontario Education Minister Deb Matthews to unveil new infrastructure funding...

@Kady's Watchlist for July 26 – International electoral reform experts ...

Experts from Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to testify before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform on Tuesday. Wayne Cuddington ...and more »...

Reevely: New law can't stop politicians from grubbing for donor cash, former elections boss warns

You don't pay $6,000 to have dinner with Bob Chiarelli because he's scintillating company. This behaviour, Wynne realized belatedly, is devastating to a governing party...

Reevely: Ontario makes a deal with its doctors to argue more later

Negotiations broke down, an attempt at mediation by respected former chief justice Warren Winkler failed, the government imposed fee cuts of over six per cent,...

Marin: Does Naqvi have the backbone to change police oversight in Ontario?

The problem will not be the value of his work-product, but rather, will newly appointed Attorney General Yasir Naqvi, contrary to his predecessors, have the...

Letters for Thursday July 7: Yasir Naqvi responds on police and the mentally ill

The and David Reevely missed the opportunity to have an important conversation about the intersections of policing and mental health. The Ontario Ombudsman released...

Reevely: Ontario's cabinet starts distributing the goodies

Tuesday, Michael Coteau, the new minister for children's services, got to announce a reversal of the government's plan to cut treatment for kids with autism.

Ontario pilot project offers free legal advice to sex assault survivors

The pilot project will create an opportunity for survivors to see their legal rights and options and allow them to make informed decisions, said Attorney...

Reevely: No clear answer to central question in reforming Ontario's political finance rules

The law, Bill 201, came after a scandal piqued by news that Wynne and Bob Chiarelli, who was then the energy minister, had attended a...

Q & A: New corrections minister committed to transforming province's jails

Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti was shuffled on Monday from being minister of government and consumer services to minister of community safety and correctional...

Reevely: Fourth Ontario minister quits ahead of Monday cabinet shuffle

Ottawa's Madeleine Meilleur is leaving politics entirely, relinquishing her post as attorney general. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin said he'd leave the cabinet to make...

Reevely: Madeleine Meilleur relinquishes the throne in Ottawa-Vanier

She's never had a major scandal, though she's also overseen some significant ministries and not solved major problems. On her watch as corrections minister, Ontario's...

Tragically Hip fans frustrated again by ticket sale

Ontario's attorney general Madeleine Meilleur says she may look into why Hip fans couldn't buy tickets as well. Not everyone walked away dejected from the...

What to do Thursday: Free breakfast (with some cows)

Monster Spectacular brings the loud to town with massive trucks performing awesome stunts, including Michael Vaters behind the wheel of the Black Stallion — joined...

Bail reform exposes tensions among jail task force

Tensions over the notion that Ottawa's bail system is broken were on display Wednesday following the release of the jail task force's 42 recommendations for...

Denley: Bob Chiarelli's right – It's time to build a better highway

When Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced last week that parts of Highway 417 would be widened, my first thought was that he had either gone...

Task force to recommend mental health unit for jail

The task force is expected to deliver about 40 recommendations on Wednesday to Yasir Naqvi, Ontario's minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The task...

Reevely: Grant for Kanata high-tech firm put off because the minister gets sick

Economic-development Minister Brad Duguid was supposed to swing through Ottawa in April with an announcement of funding for Qlik, a Swedish-American corporation that sells business-intelligence...

Reevely: Bob Chiarelli denies he said Andrea Horwath 'pees all over the map'

Energy Minister and Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli did not say that NDP leader Andrea Horwath “pees all over the map,” his spokesman Dan Moulton...

Another Ontario jail boss dismissed

Yasir Naqvi, the minister responsible for the jail, banned what he called an appalling practice a day after the Citizen story was published last month.

Ontario launches free legal counsel to sexual assault complainants

“We want survivors to be informed and feel supported when interacting with the legal system and we believe that this pilot program will take us...

Building new jail would fail taxpayers, Naqvi says

Yasir Naqvi said critics like former Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin, who have called on him to build a bigger jail, are proposing expensive solutions that...

Reevely: Ministers confirm, deny fundraising quotas as Wynne vows change

Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur said: “If I have a target, I don't know about it,” but she did once have a “range” given to her...

Reevely: Yasir Naqvi's credibility on jail reform in pieces after shower-cell admission

Ontario's jails don't stash inmates in damp, smelly showers and they're going to stop doing it immediately, says Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Yasir...

Reevely: Ontario's jobs fund subsidizes a company so rich it can't keep all its cash

“If the province was not able to support Sandvine's growth in Ontario, it's highly likely that further expansion would have taken place at Sandvine's India-based...

Public should have say on photo radar in Ottawa: Liberal MPPs

“It's important to see what the community thinks about it,” said Yasir Naqvi, minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and MPP for Ottawa Centre.

Youth mental health services receive $307000 funding boost

The funding, announced Wednesday by MPPs Bob Chiarelli and Yasir Naqvi, will help Crossroads Children's Centre and the French-language Centre Psychosocial in Vanier provide counselling...

@Kady's Watchlist for March 11 – One more day in DC for PM and company

Finally, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May joins Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray at the annual German Conference at the Munk School of Global Affairs, where...

Ottawa jail criticized for 'shocking' use of solitary confinement

The newly released data about the Innes Road jail's use of the practice emerges in the wake of Community Safety and Corrections Minister Yasir Naqvi's...

Reevely: Ontario Tories' debt-cap bill is only for show

(Petitions make less sense for the Liberals, what with their controlling the government, but last year they had Deputy Premier Deb Matthews invite people to...

Shaver: Binding arbitration would be fairer for physicians

Unfortunately, despite an impasse in negotiations, Dr. Eric Hoskins, the province's health minister, has refused to use this dispute resolution process for physicians. Ironically, he...

Around Town: Viennese Winter Ball returns to Ottawa in graceful style

Following a one-year break, the popular annual gala returned Saturday. With it, the black-tie event brought charm, elegance and beauty to the ballroom of The...

Reevely: Calgary's cavities show why Ontario should require fluoride in water supplies

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hoskins echoes his predecessor at the health ministry, Deb Matthews. She also did everything she could for fluoride except the one thing...

Reevely: Ontario's '21st-century' revamp of policing needs money to work

Every city and town in Ontario needs a plan for handling people with mental illnesses and other such problems before they fall into the hands...

Reevely: Province announces grant to change cultures of sexual violence, police left out

Ontario's Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi announced a set of research grants at Carleton University on Friday, aimed at helping the police respond better to...

Reevely: Roosh V is a cartoon supervillain, and we gave him exactly what he wanted

Only Ontario's women's-issues minister, Tracy MacCharles, denounced Valizadeh's views as “offensive and disturbing” without threatening him with anything other than denunciation. The others all attacked...

Reevely: Roosh V is a cartoon supervillain, and we gave him exactly what he wanted

Only Ontario's women's-issues minister, Tracy MacCharles, denounced Valizadeh's views as “offensive and disturbing” without threatening him with anything other than denunciation. The others all attacked...

Grieving father launches appeal over son's hit-and-run death

Nevin's allegations have not been proven and he has yet to receive a response from Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur, acting Ombudsman of Ontario Barbara Finlay...

Reevely: Ottawa City Hall prepares for life without its top manager

In 2006, after Bob Chiarelli lost the mayor's job to Larry O'Brien, the senior managers who deal with city council had to figure out which...