Lucas Powers

Senior Writer

Lucas Powers is a Toronto-based reporter and writer. He's reported for CBC News from across Canada. Have a story to tell? Email any time.

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Ford's record under fire as some voters, groups push climate crisis into campaign spotlight

Climate change has largely taken a back seat to other issues on the Ontario election campaign trail. Some voters, experts and advocacy groups would like to put it front and centre ahead of June 2.

Rivals hit out at Ford's record on health care, public education during Ontario leaders' debate

Ontario's major political party leaders sparred over the province's past and future in a prime-time debate Monday, with health care, education, affordability and climate change sparking tense exchanges.
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Green Party campaign platform includes $65B for 'new climate economy,' major health-care promises

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner unveiled his costed election campaign platform Thursday, a vision for Ontario that proposes nearly $65 billion to transition to a greener economy and a plan to strengthen the independence of the province's top doctor.

Highlights from the 1st Ontario party leaders' debate

Affordability largely took centre stage as Ontario's political party leaders converged in North Bay for the first of two debates that also included some fiery exchanges on highways and Doug Ford's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On debate stages, Ontario party leaders' political baggage will be front and centre

With two upcoming debates expected to shake up the Ontario election, each of the party leaders' political baggage could soon be front and centre on the campaign trail. And with four experienced leaders vying for votes, there is no shortage of baggage to go around.

Rival plans for Highway 413 take centre stage as Ontario election campaign gets underway

Duelling plans for the controversial Highway 413 took centre stage on the campaign trail Wednesday, as Ontario's 43rd general election officially got underway.

There are pros and cons to the Liberal plan for $1 transit fares, experts say

The Ontario Liberals' campaign promise of $1 public transit fares to boost ridership and cut costs for commuters is drawing mixed reactions from advocates and analysts, with some contending the money would be better spent on increased and more reliable service.
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Doug Ford's pre-election budget bets on big infrastructure spending — while running deficits

Ontario's Progressive Conservatives released their pre-election budget on Thursday, pitching big spending on infrastructure and promising tax breaks for some workers and seniors — while running deficits for the next several years.

Ontarians can begin downloading QR code COVID-19 vaccine certificates over next 3 days

Ontario is making COVID-19 vaccine certificate QR codes available for download beginning over the next three days, starting Friday morning for those born between January and April before expanding to more residents.

Liberals hold on to 4 of 5 'toss up' ridings in the Greater Toronto Area

The Liberals managed to hold on to — and even to retake — some of the most narrowly contested ridings in the Greater Toronto Area during the federal election on Monday.