Ford’s Ontario: More for developers, less for residents

We’ve got to hand one thing to the Ford government: it sure knows how to slap an impressive-sounding label on something. “For the People” graces every podium that isn’t already taken up with “Open for Business.” Ontario’s April budget, which has left crisis and chaos in its wake, is titled “Protecting What Matters Most.” And now More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, May 24th, 2019

John Tory is right to rally Toronto against Ford’s cuts

They don’t come more fiscally conservative at Toronto City Hall than Stephen Holyday. If anyone should be on side with Doug Ford’s insistence that Toronto can easily cut tens of millions of dollars from its More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Cutting research into artificial intelligence is a blow against the future

What doesn’t Premier Doug Ford get about the importance of investing in the knowledge economy? Last week we learned that his government intends to cut $ 5 million in annual funding to the Ontario Institute More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

Ottawa finally wakes up to the tech challenge

Talk about a day late and a dollar short. The Trudeau government has finally woken up to the multiple challenges posed by the giant tech companies that rule so much of our daily lives. But it has found a way to More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Ready, fire, aim: the Ford’s reckless approach on cutting costs

Another day, another example or three of the Ford government’s inability to see even a couple of steps ahead as it goes about slashing services across Ontario. The latest affects only a small number of people: More...

By SLPundit On Monday, May 20th, 2019

Women’s rights under threat

When Judge Brett Kavanaugh was under consideration for a position on the U.S. Supreme Court last fall, one thing became clear: Republican senators wanted to appoint him to appease the party’s right-wing base, More...

By SLPundit On Sunday, May 19th, 2019

The AGO’s bright move in bleak times

In the 1967 movie To Sir With Love, a teacher at an inner-city London school takes his students to the Victoria and Albert Museum to help them escape the bleakness of their lives, with memorable results. The real-life More...

By SLPundit On Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Ontario needs to take action to curb dirty money

When a house is on fire, you don’t “monitor” it. You sound the alarm and get to work to extinguish the blaze. So what is the Ontario government doing in the face of alarming reports that billions of dollars More...

By SLPundit On Friday, May 17th, 2019

Ford still doesn’t understand the difference between charity and government

Two thousand athletes from Canada, the United States and the Caribbean are in Toronto competing at the Special Olympics Invitational Youth Games. This community tends to fly so far under the radar that few people More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Toronto, Ontario and Ottawa need to close election spending loopholes

If one is an example, two is a coincidence and three is a trend, Canada’s campaign finance and spending laws are in trouble. Serious loopholes in the rules that govern how money can be raised and spent have More...