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Doug Ford tells federal environment minister to back off on Greenbelt: ‘This is our jurisdiction’

Premier Doug Ford says he is “really disappointed” the federal environment minister would muse about potentially intervening with the province’s plans to build housing on Greenbelt land. “This is our jurisdiction,” Ford told reporters Friday in Brampton. His comments came after federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault was quoted as saying he has “a legislative obligation …

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‘We’re not going to be signing deals’: Justin Trudeau to meet with premiers as pressure builds for more health-care funding

HAMILTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is downplaying the prospects of signing a final health-care funding deal with the provinces at a high-stakes first ministers’ meeting he is convening in Ottawa on Feb. 7. On Wednesday, Trudeau cast the long-awaited health summit with provincial and territorial leaders as a working meeting, not one that will …

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Trudeau, first will meet Feb. 7 to discuss health care deal

A healthcare worker is pictured In the Emergency Department at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on November 30, 2022.Chris Young/The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acquiesced to the demands of premiers and will meet with them in Ottawa next month to hammer out a new spending deal on health care. Mr. Trudeau announced the …

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Doug Ford is championing mobility for health-care workers. Some experts say that’s a good idea

The rest of Canada should follow Ontario by clearing the way for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to quickly work in other provinces as a way of easing staff shortages, an independent think tank states in a wide-ranging new report on fixing health care. The Public Policy Forum says changes must begin with the …

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Doug Ford’s health care reform focuses on the wrong issues

Premier Doug Ford has come up with an ambitious plan to reform medicare in Ontario. But the plan doesn’t address the real problems faced by the province’s health care system. Put bluntly, it’s not very useful. The real problems facing health care are well-known. Emergency rooms are overcrowded. Necessary surgeries, including cancer operations, are being …

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Ottawa, provinces close to 10-year deal to fund health care

Ottawa and the provinces and territories are inching closer toward a 10-year funding deal that would provide a hefty increase in federal health transfers, along with bilateral financial agreements in areas such as long-term care. While talks still continue, there is growing optimism among federal, provincial and territorial officials that a health care agreement could …

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Greenbelt Council does about-face on safeguarding protected lands with Hazel McCallion at the helm

As the Ford government faces increased scrutiny over its decision to open up parts of the Greenbelt for housing development, the head of an advisory group that was once seen as a key defender of the protected land has thrown her support behind the controversial move. In an open letter on Wednesday, Hazel McCallion, the …

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Insiders share just how close Justin Trudeau and premiers are to deals that will tackle the health-care crisis

OTTAWA — A resolution of how to address the health-care funding crisis in Canada may be within reach, the Star has learned. Sources say the Trudeau government is looking at a hybrid solution to the ailing system: offering not only more stable ongoing money through increased Canada Health Transfers to the provinces, but also additional …

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Doug Ford says he’ll fast-track approvals for doctors and nurses from other provinces to work in Ontario

Premier Doug Ford says his government will introduce legislation in February that would immediately allow doctors, nurses and other accredited health-care professionals from the rest of Canada to work in Ontario, helping to ease a staffing crunch. “They can get to work as soon as they get here,” Ford said Thursday during an announcement at …

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Pay for optional health care extras? We do that already

Here’s the supposed peril from Doug Ford’s plan to expand independent medical clinics: “Upselling.” Beware doctors who make money off unsuspecting patients — peddling costly “extras,” promoting unneeded upgrades, pushing optional add-ons. That’s why some are bombarding the premier with questions about the threat to medicare as we know it. Or medicare as we think …

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