Shawn Jeffords

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Ontario considers bill to protect farmers from animal rights activists

The Ontario government said it will consider all options to shield farmers from animal rights activists as livestock producers press for action to prosecute those who trespass on their properties and aggressively protest at processing plants.

Government moves forward with school repair funding; asks boards to submit funding requests

Ontario is asking school boards across the province to submit funding requests for their most pressing repair projects as it restarts a key school infrastructure program that has been frozen for more than a year.

'Literally bare shelves': LCBO says delivery shortage affecting stores

The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says the implementation of a new warehouse management system has delayed the delivery of booze to its stores and bars across the province.

Health units worried about province's plans to consolidate 35 agencies into 10

Public health units across Ontario are raising concerns about a sweeping amalgamation of their services planned by the province, saying the changes could affect the delivery of programs and lead to layoffs.

Ontario considers making all teachers take an annual math test

Senior government sources have told The Canadian Press that teachers would be required to pass the test in order to continue teaching.

Former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca running for Ontario Liberal leadership

Former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister Steven Del Duca is launching a leadership bid as the party seeks to recover from last year's electoral decimation.

Over 1,000 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses in first 9 months of 2018

More than 600 Ontarians died from opioid overdoses in the first six months of last year, new numbers reveal, as overdose prevention sites await word on whether they can continue to operate in the province beyond Sunday.

Ontario Energy Board needs overhaul to boost public trust, new report says

Ontario's energy regulator is in need of an overhaul to strengthen public trust in its work and better adapt to technological change, a government-appointed panel says in a report being issued this week.

Conservationists worry about looming changes to Ontario's endangered species act

The concerns are being raised days before the province is set to stop accepting comments on an examination of the Endangered Species Act.

Ontario won't fund French-language university despite Ottawa support

Ontario will not reverse the cancellation of a proposed French-language university despite a federal commitment to extend funding for a team working on the project, the provincial government said Monday.

After Liberals tried and failed, PCs will try to lower Ontario auto insurance rates

The Ontario government has launched a review of the province's auto insurance system, saying it hopes to lower rates for drivers who pay some of the most expensive premiums in the country.

Cannabis stores to be phased in with a lottery for licences, Ford government says

Months after saying it would not cap the number of licences for retail pot shops after cannabis was legalized, the Ontario government has reversed course.

Former Patrick Brown aide dismissed from OPG amid allegations of Tory political meddling

Weeks after a published report said Premier Doug Ford's office was meddling in staff matters at Ontario Power Generation, a top aide to former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown was officially fired Friday.

Ontario pot consumption bill passes, cannabis available through online store

Ontario passed its cannabis legislation Wednesday, firmly establishing the right to smoke marijuana in public in the province hours after recreational use of drug became legal across Canada.

Province scraps beer tax increase planned by previous government

The Ontario government says it will cancel a scheduled increase in the provincial beer tax that was set to kick in next month.