Downtown Toronto hit by major power outage

Downtown Toronto hit by major power outage

Power was restored in Toronto’s downtown core Thursday evening after a major power outage in the afternoon. Traffic ground to a halt and some 10,000 customers lost power near 1 pm Toronto Hydro tweeted at 2:12 pm that customers north of Carlton Street to Queens Quay East and York Street east of Bayview Avenue, as … Read more

Trudeau government and Freedom Convoy update

Trudeau government and Freedom Convoy update

OTTAWA — The night before the Liberal government invoked the Emergencies Act to deal with so-called “Freedom Convoy” protesters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s national security adviser told the federal cabinet that “there was potential for a breakthrough” with the occupation around Parliament Hill , newly released documents show. The revelation comes from meeting minutes and … Read more

Brampton realtor and media personality maimed in ‘vicious’ attack

Brampton realtor and media personality maimed in ‘vicious’ attack

Police say a Brampton realtor and media personality received a death threat days before a violent, daylight attack outside his home sent him to hospital. The assault on Joti Singh Mann, which a Peel police spokesperson said was a “targeted” incident, happened Aug. 4 near Mayfield Road and Hurontario Street in Brampton where police were … Read more

New Langya virus found in China, dozens infected

New Langya virus found in China, dozens infected

Researchers have discovered a new, seemingly animal-borne virus in eastern China that has infected at least 35 people so far. The disease, a novel virus named Langya henipavirus (LayV), appears to cause flu-like symptoms and is currently being monitored by the Taiwan CDC. Experts say animal-borne viruses like LayV, monkeypox and COVID-19 are on the … Read more

Police lay 400 charges in massive cross-border drug bust

Police lay 400 charges in massive cross-border drug bust

Funding for First Nations police services in communities on or near the US-Canada border must be beefed up in order to stop the flow of illegal firearms being smuggled through Indigenous territory, says Walpole Island First Nation Chief Charles Sampson. “We desperately need enhanced funding to get this job done,” Sampson told a news conference … Read more

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

The mayors of Toronto and Ottawa would have sweeping new authority over municipal budgets and the hiring and firing of senior city staff under Premier Doug Ford’s new “strong-mayor” legislation. As first disclosed by the Star three weeks ago, Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are extending the powers to the province’s two largest cities in time for … Read more

‘No easy solutions’ to Ontario’s health-care and inflation challenges, Ford government warns

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Facing the twin challenges of soaring inflation and an overburdened health-care system due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Doug Ford’s government warns “there are no easy solutions.” In Tuesday’s speech from the throne — read in the legislature by Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell—Ford’s re-elected Progressive Conservatives appealed for unity at an uncertain time for the province. … Read more

Record spending, tax credits and a new park: 10 things to know about the Ontario budget

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

Reduce, reuse, recycle, reintroduce. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy has reduced waste by not printing new budget books for his reintroduced spending plan that reuses policy promises and recycles many projections from the April 28 fiscal blueprint. Here are some highlights of Bethlenfalvy’s 2022-23 budget tabled at Queen’s Park after Tuesday’s throne speech: It’s a record … Read more

MPPs defy Doug Ford, re-elect Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature

Doug Ford’s new law will give new powers to Toronto and Ottawa mayors

MPPs have defied Premier Doug Ford’s wishes and returned veteran Ted Arnott as speaker of the Ontario Legislature. Ford had backed challenger Nina Tangri, who was vying to be the first woman to hold the job refereeing the legislative proceedings and overseeing operations at Queen’s Park. But in a secret-ballot vote Monday, the opposition New … Read more

Masks not mandatory in Ontario schools this fall

Masks not mandatory in Ontario schools this fall

Masks will not be mandatory in Ontario schools this fall, but will be provided to staff and students who wish to continue wearing them if they are concerned about COVID-19, the education ministry says. In a memo sent to directors of education late Friday afternoon, Deputy Minister Nancy Naylor said when classes resume in September, … Read more