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What to expect from Canada’s new Liberal majority government

Tonight’s election rings down the curtain on 10 years of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, and the advent of a Liberal majority government under Justin Trudeau. The Liberals’ two challenges To govern successfully, Trudeau and his team will face two defining challenges: scope and pace. First, the scale.… Continue Reading What to expect from Canada’s new Liberal majority government

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Successful Staff/Council Relations: Old Lessons For New Challenges

Experience across Ontario has taught us that there are policies – basic principles and practices or ‘rules of the road’ – that will contribute significantly to municipal Councils getting the very best from the talent and energy of their municipal staff, at all levels. Some of those… Continue Reading Successful Staff/Council Relations: Old Lessons For New Challenges

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The Supreme Court of Canada Puts the Backbone in Utility Regulation  

Highlights Two recent decisions reconfirm the powers of utility regulators to disallow, in appropriate circumstances, the recovery by utilities of costs arising from past commitments. Utility regulators may disallow such costs even when they arise from legally binding collective agreements and employee pension plans. The decisions equip… Continue Reading The Supreme Court of Canada Puts the Backbone in Utility Regulation  

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Ontario Politics: Provincial Legislature Returns as Wynne Government Deals with a Full Plate

The Ontario legislature resumes today (September 14th) after a three-month summer break, with the Wynne government anticipated to focus on implementing major policy commitments announced over the past several months. There has been some change in representation at Queen’s Park over the summer with the election of… Continue Reading Ontario Politics: Provincial Legislature Returns as Wynne Government Deals with a Full Plate

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Patrick Brown Wins Seat: Ontario PC Leader Elected in Simcoe North By-Election

Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Leader Patrick Brown is projected to win the Simcoe North by-election, and will become Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition once he is sworn in as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). Although it was widely predicted that Brown would win the riding that… Continue Reading Patrick Brown Wins Seat: Ontario PC Leader Elected in Simcoe North By-Election

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Three Months Later: Implementing the Clark Report’s Electricity Sector Recommendations

By Aleck Dadson & Patrick Moyle In late April, the Premier’s Advisory Council on Government Assets, led by former TD Bank President and CEO Ed Clark, released its recommendations regarding Hydro One and Ontario’s electricity distribution sector. It is worth pausing to consider, nearly three months later,… Continue Reading Three Months Later: Implementing the Clark Report’s Electricity Sector Recommendations

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