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Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s threat to wield the notwithstanding clause reveals flaws in Canada’s Constitution in terms of how municipalities are completely unprotected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ford’s fight with Toronto shows legal vulnerability of cities

Ontario's recent threat to use the notwithstanding clause to reduce the size of Toronto's city council is a reminder that municipalities have little protection under the Constitution.
The Ontario government “back to basics” approach to the curriculum will not best serve children who need a mixture of traditional and discovery learning methods. Shutterstock

No matter what method is used to teach math, make it fun

Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson have told elementary school teachers to expect curriculum change directives for "back to basics" mathematics, a move that could hurt students.
The Second Cup Ltd. says it is actively reviewing locations in Ontario for potential conversion to cannabis stores in light of a decision by the new provincial government to allow private retailers to sell the drug. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Cannabis with your coffee? Ontario could have thousands of pot retailers

Ontario must quickly create rules for cannabis stores. How the Ford government decides to regulate retailers will have a major impact on how many retailers will get into the business.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks to reporters in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2018, after announcing he’ll invoke the notwithstanding clause in his battle to shrink Toronto city council. Is Ford taking on the “Court Party?” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov.

Doug Ford’s attack on the ‘Court Party’

Doug Ford’s wielding of the notwithstanding clause is part of a broader opposition to judicial activism that has developed among right-wing politicians and academics in the post-Charter era.
Coldwater Indian band Chief Lee Spahan raises an eagle feather after responding to a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that put the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion on hold.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Environmentalists claimed victory when a court ruling put the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on hold. But delaying or cancelling the project would also impact Canada's climate change strategy.
Vic Fedeli, Ontario’s finance minister, and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney talk to the media after announcing Ontario’s cannabis retail model on Aug. 13. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Ontario uproots its plans for selling weed

Ontario’s change to private sector cannabis stores will give consumers more convenience. That will mean stronger competition against the black market, but potentially higher consumption too.
In this November 2017 photo, unemployed Dave Cherkewski discusses how he was helped by Ontario’s basic income pilot project. (AP Photo/Rob Gillies)

The cancellation of Ontario’s basic income project is a tragedy

The cancellation of Ontario’s basic income pilot not only violates our ethical obligations to participants. It also means forfeiting a valuable research opportunity on income security.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford arrives for the buck-a-beer plan announcement at Barley Days brewery in Picton, Ont., on Aug. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Why Doug Ford should think twice about changing booze and weed laws

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is loosening the province's liquor laws. Before dismantling a system, it's a good idea to know why it was established in the first place.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford makes an announcement at Queen’s Park on Friday, July 27, 2018 about significantly reducing the number of Toronto city councillors just months before the fall municipal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Fighting Doug Ford’s threat to shrink Toronto city council

Doug Ford is invoking the province's broad powers over municipalities in a manner that tramples on fundamental principles of fairness, reasonable notice and the right to effective representation.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces his plan to keep the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in operation until 2024, in this June 2018 photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Doug Ford’s energy shake-up could cost Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford seems intent on dismantling the previous government's energy strategy. But that may not protect consumers.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford leaves a meeting with federal and municipal officials on the Toronto mass shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Kozak

Taking on Ford Nation: How to fight right-wing populism

If Ontario's NDP and Liberals want to undermine Doug Ford's agenda, they'll need to learn from other centrist and left-wing politicians who have successfully challenged right-wing populism.
The era of two school systems in Ontario should be riding into the sunset. There are enormous cost savings and community benefits to be had by merging the public and separate school systems. A school bus is seen here in Markham, Ont. (Shutterstock)

It’s time to merge Ontario’s two school systems

The time to consolidate Ontario's two school systems is long overdue. It's no longer viable to dismiss the issue on Constitutional grounds. All that's needed is political will.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, seen here walking on the front lawn of the Ontario Legislature in June, is vowing to deliver on his campaign promise to scrap the “disastrous” cap-and-trade system and fight a federal carbon tax. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Taxpayers will back a carbon tax if they get a cheque in the mail

Ontario and Saskatchewan are vociferously fighting the federal government's carbon tax efforts. But rather than back down, Ottawa should embrace a simple, fair and transparent “carbon dividend.”
Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford pledged to repeal the provincial sex-ed curriculum. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Sex-ed isn’t going to turn you gay

With Doug Ford Nation taking over Ontario, our school curriculum, especially sexual education, is at risk of being censored and being thrown back to a time when diverse sexualities was a mystery.
Research shows that students who engage in inquiry-based learning perform better on standardised tests than students in more traditional learning environments. (Shutterstock)

Why your child will benefit from inquiry-based learning

Research shows that 'discovery learning' does have limited educational value; many other forms of inquiry-based learning, however, have excellent results.
Ontario PC supporters react after Doug Ford was elected premier of Ontario on June 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Doug Ford’s challenge: Keeping the ‘ordered’ voter

Doug Ford will have to work hard to hold onto voters who feel marginalized and cast their ballots for him seeking order and stability. Here's why that could be a challenge.
Ontario PC leader Doug Ford reacts after winning the Ontario election to become the new premier in Toronto, on June 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ford Nation rises again: What Doug Ford means for Ontario

Ford Nation is once again a force in Ontario politics following Doug Ford's majority victory in the provincial election. What will his premiership mean for the province?
Just a few days before the June 7 election, the Ontario Premier has publicly admitted her party won’t win. She is urging voters to return enough Liberal candidates to ensure a minority PC or NDP government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Ryan

With Wynne conceding defeat, this is what could happen after Ontario votes

Ontario voters head to the polls on Thursday. Public opinion surveys and redrawn provincial ridings are making it difficult to predict the race's outcome.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath arrives ahead of the Ontario Elections Leaders debate at the CBC building in Toronto on May 27, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

How an NDP victory in Ontario is a real possibility

On June 7, Ontario may have a new premier, and the latest public opinion polls suggest it could be Andrea Horwath. She would lead just the second NDP government in Ontario.

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