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New Ontario land-use rules: Higher Densities, Greenbelt Expansion

The Ontario government doubled-down on intensification today with the release of proposed updates to four Provincial Land Use Plans – the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, and Oak Ridges Moraine Plan. While the Wynne government promoted the new environmental protections in a

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Liberals may sell off public assets to help bankroll infrastructure

“Asset recycling is a way to attract private-sector investment into activities that were formerly, exclusively, in the public realm,” said Michael Fenn, a former Ontario deputy minister and management consultant who specializes in the public sector. “It’s something that we should pay a lot of attention to

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Jean Lapierre’s journey reflected his turbulent times

Jean Lapierre, who died in a plane crash just over two weeks ago, walked as a peer with Canada’s political giants. In Quebec, his passing has been treated as a rite of passage in the life of La nation. In English Canada, public reaction has been largely

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StrategyCorp completes operational review of Erin Fire Department

ERIN – Strategy Corp was back before Erin council recently to present a fire department operational review, the next part of the town’s ongoing operational review. In June 2015, the consulting company addressed council for an overarching operational review that led to seven recommendations for the town.

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Budget 2016: Canada’s fiscal policy takes a dramatic turn

Budget 2016: Canada’s fiscal policy takes a dramatic turn

The federal Liberal government has focused new spending on priority areas that it believes will strengthen the middle class, create jobs and grow the economy. Front and centre in this approach is the government’s plan to invest $120 billion in infrastructure over the next 10 years. (Albeit

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Trudeau Washington trip leads to climate change agreement, promises of further discussions on trade and security

Justin Trudeau’s March 10-11 trip to Washington was the first state visit by a Canadian prime minister since 1997. The historic visit marked a transition of international relations that Trudeau promises will be stronger and more cooperative than his Conservative predecessor. The Prime Minister affirmed he is

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Ontario PC General Meeting Lays Groundwork for New Party Direction

Ontario PC General Meeting Lays Groundwork for New Party Direction

The Ontario Progressive Party took another step in rebuilding itself with its recent General Meeting (GM) held between March 4- 6. Close on the heels of its by-election victory in Whitby-Oshawa where it grew its margin of victory for that seat over the results from the 2014

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Good, and not-so-good, from Vancouver First Ministers’ meeting

Good, and not-so-good, from Vancouver First Ministers' meeting

What’s good about the results of the First Ministers’ meeting in Vancouver this week? There was agreement. What’s not so good? There is much more work to be done. The Good The First Ministers came together to flesh out details on a plan to accomplish Canada’s climate

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Ontario 2016 Budget Lays Out 2018 Liberal Election Narrative

Ontario 2016 Budget Lays Out 2018 Liberal Election Narrative

With the 2016 Ontario Budget we are witnessing the Liberals’ first efforts at establishing their 2018 election narrative. In the Budget, the government states that jobs and the economy are its top priority.  For this Liberal government that translates into investing in skills development through improved access

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Ontario’s Legislature Returns – With Some Big Expectations

Ontario’s Legislature Returns – With Some Big Expectations

As the Ontario Legislature’s spring session begins at Queen’s Park today, observers are looking for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government to show progress on a large number of substantial public policy priorities, especially at a time where an unprecedented alignment with the federal and municipal governments has

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