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Health ministers looking at electronic database to fight opioid crisis ...

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said the provinces are making progress on ways to fight the growing epidemic.Health ministers to talk cannabis, opioids during two-day...

Ontario will have to hike taxes or cut spending, watchdog warns ...

In a 65-page report to the Legislature released Thursday, the financial accountability office warned that Ontario's aging population will put a squeeze on ...Millennials will have...

New Ontario funding will help Black youth interested in STEM, finance careers

“Our government is working to level the playing field for our province's Black youth,” said Michael Coteau, minister of children and youth services, who is...

Sousa opens up $5M 'suggestion box' for budget ideas from the ...

It's the fourth year the Ontario government has asked for submissions on a budget website, but the offer comes with a catch that's designed, at...

Wynne downplays impact of veteran cabinet ministers not seeking re-election

CTV NewsWith her party struggling behind Patrick Brown's Progressive Conservatives in most public opinion polls, Wynne portrayed the pending departures of Deputy Premier Deb Matthews...

Province to fast-track settlement of Tarion home warranty claims

“This has been a persistent issue that consumers, stakeholder and the media have been vocal about,” Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, said...

Commitment to clean up mercury near Grassy Narrows is welcome and overdue: Editorial

Environment Minister Glen Murray is adamant the money is committed. And he says the “joint governance” of the fund by the province and Grassy Narrows...

Province to fund community hubs program

Communities that want to keep a closed school or other public building from being sold off will get their chance, with a new program that...

Release full data on drug company payments to doctors: Editorial

On Tuesday Health Minister Eric Hoskins rightly announced he would begin consultations this summer to see if pharmaceutical companies should be required to disclose all...

Ontario to announce changes to ticket-sale laws after outcry about resales and scalper bots

Ontario will announce reforms to ticket selling legislation on Monday, after a public consultation found widespread support for more transparent sales and more rules for...

Sousa says books will be balanced despite budget watchdog's warning

A bullish Finance Minister Charles Sousa insists “we are balancing the books next year” despite Ontario's budget watchdog warning that controversial accounting changes will make...

'Katelynn's Principle' bill to propose kids in child welfare have say in ...

Recommendation of jury at inquest into death of Katelynn Sampson was to give kids in child welfare say in decisions about their care. NDP to...

Ontario pledges $24M for adoptive families, including an education grant

Deb Matthews, minister of advanced education, said of the grant that "expanding support to include Ontario's adopted Crown wards and youth leaving care as they...

Wynne government 'thrilled' with CETA signing

Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government is welcoming the signing of the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. International Trade Minister Michael Chan issued...

Ontario needs better data on its groundwater supply, says environmental watchdog

Environment Minister Glen Murray said the current review will focus only on bottled water companies that draw from wells, but he plans to expand it...

Brampton, Milton welcome news of university expansion | Toronto Star

GTA communities to be home to new post-secondary facilities as part of province's $180 million expansion plan.New university campuses to be built in Brampton, Milton...

Release Adam Capay from solitary confinement: Editorial

SooTodayLast week, as Correctional Services Minister David Orazietti was expressing his concern for prisoners held in solitary confinement in Ontario, a horrific example of the...

Ontario to ban computer 'scalper bots' that scoop up concert tickets

Ontario plans to introduce legislation next spring to outlaw computer “scalper bots” that scoop up huge blocks of tickets to concerts and major sporting events,...

Ontario cap-and-trade system will come next year, aims to reduce emissions: Wynne

Ontario Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli looks on as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks following a tour of Hydro Ottawa's control room on September 16. Wynne...

'Massive change' needed in autism services, minister says | Toronto ...

It's going to be tough transforming a system overnight,” Michael Coteau tells the Star in sit-down interview.and more »...

Is natural gas the saviour for rural Ontarians struggling with steep ...

Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli acknowledged the challenges rural hydro consumers face and said that's why the $230-million gas line extension program is ...and more »...

Black Lives Matter protesters hit SIU headquarters

After weeks of calls for more information about the SIU's investigation into Loku, then-attorney general Madeleine Meilleur made the uunprecedented move of releasing a copy...

Produce farmers get a reprieve from push to free market: Wells ...

Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal has called a halt to a plan to amend a key regulation of the Farm Products Marketing Act.and more »...

Ministry stands firm on denying funding for families of police shooting victims

Article Continued Below. Salmon said her letter to Wynne was referred to Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Yasir Naqvi. She recently received a response...

Opposition parties want tighter conflict-of-interest rules in Ontario

Wake said he could not find a violation regarding the event attended by Finance Minister Charles Sousa and then-energy minister Bob Chiarelli because the law...

Accessibility advocates tweet their barriers | Toronto Star

Two social media campaigns are attracting attention to lackluster building, airline plans for people with disabilities.and more »...

Caledon residents angry over re-emergence of Canadian Tire hydrogen project

In 2014, when the Star revealed plans for the project, those who said they knew nothing about it included: Thompson, who at the time was...

Municipal vehicle registration tax: just say no

10, 2015, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin did not clarify whether the province of Ontario would grant municipalities the authority to charge a...

Lack of high-speed Internet hurting growth in remote, rural parts of Ontario

In her June cabinet shuffle, Wynne appointed deputy premier Deb Matthews as the minister responsible for digital government, signalling the province will make better use...

Home care gets $100-million boost from province

“We know they deliver the lion's share of support to family members and loved ones,” Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Tuesday at a downtown apartment...

Provincial government urges Ontarians to renew their driver's licences online

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, the new minister responsible for digital government, has said the strategy will save the province money and improve service delivery. Read...

Ontario spent $44M to prepare for jail strike that never happened

... $660,000 spent on security services that went “to provide security guards at the institutions, who were responsible for monitoring the perimeter and providing escorts,”...

Queen's Park reaches deal with doctors

Health Minister Eric Hoskins said Monday he was “pleased” to have concluded the accord, but stressed he could not discuss the financial details until it...

Ontario minister urges end to Toronto's road hockey ban

CP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsChildren and Youth Services Minister Michael Coteau, who has no jurisdiction in municipal politics, is urging Toronto city council to lift the...

Woman 'dropped' from Peel police advisory committee after criticizing chief

Parsons said the public in Peel should be concerned about the recent actions by the police against a reform-minded civilian police board, featuring new chair...

Heart attack leads to better choices, new priorities for cabinet minister Brad Duguid

But it was for veteran politico Brad Duguid, now 25 pounds lighter and back jogging after what was, in hindsight, a lucky heart attack. “I...

Ontario government to hold public meetings on combating racism

The community meetings come as the government sets up an anti-racism directorate, headed up by Liberal cabinet minister Michael Coteau. A statement says officials at...

Jim Bradley, a Liberal voice for the working class

Jim Bradley talks to reporters at Queen's Park in December, 2010. Bradley never forget the working class people in his riding and "despite almost 40...

Ontario backs off controversial autism changes, boosts services after parents protest

Coteau has been in his job for only two weeks since replacing Tracy MacCharles in a cabinet shuffle, and said the changes to his predecessor's...

Ontario expands HPV vaccine program to gay, bisexual men

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says men who have sex with men are at increased risk of HPV infection, which can lead to penile and anal...

Ontario provides free legal advice to sexual assault victims

In a $2.8 million pilot project for residents of Toronto, Ottawa, and Thunder Bay, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Queen's Park will pay for up...

Scientists, politicians working with Grassy Narrows leaders to tackle mercury contamination

With Premier Kathleen Wynne saying she is “deadly serious” about addressing the mercury contamination of Grassy Narrows First Nation, Environment Minister Glen Murray and Indigenous...

Change coming to controversial autism program, minister says

MacCharles and Premier Kathleen Wynne had hinted that they were considering tweaking the transition to the new program, but Coteau is signalling that he is...

Ontario missing mark on accessibility standards, activist says

Tracy MacCharles, Ontario's new minister responsible for accessibility, must act quickly to reverse a recent regulatory change that weakens the province's goal of becoming fully...

Ontario not banking on weed cash bonanza

The cash-strapped Ontario government is not banking on a financial windfall from the looming legalization of recreational marijuana, says Finance Minister Charles Sousa. With officials...

'The fight is not over,' says Pride Toronto's Mathieu Chantelois

Mathieu Chantelois with Mayor John Tory at last year's Pride flag raising. Tory refers to Chantelois's powers of persuasion as the "iron fist in the...

How going it alone helped Ontario get CPP deal: Cohn

At a three-hour supper in the nation's capital earlier this month, he made common cause with his Ontario counterpart, Charles Sousa. An unexpected dynamic —...

Queen's Park gearing up for legalized weed sales

Finance Minister Charles Sousa says a working group has been struck comprised of bureaucrats from his department, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of...

What Ontario wants from this weekend's CPP meeting: Mayers

Ontario finance minister Charles Sousa says that federal and provincial officials have been talking continuously since the election, looking for a way to make things...

Kathleen Wynne tries a cabinet transplant: Cohn

Other warhorses stay more or less in place — Brad Duguid at economic development and Michael Chan at trade. Still others are being downsized —...