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Denley Can’t Get His Political Virginity Back

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So Citizen freelancer Randall Denley decides to take on the Liberal provincial government over selling part of Hydro One and raising beer taxes to build infrastructure.

Wasn’t it just a few months ago that Denley was running for the provincial Progressive Conservatives against that Liberal government?

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Ontario Introduces Cap And Trade

This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:

To fight climate change — one of the greatest challenges mankind has faced — Ontario is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the health of our children and grandchildren.

Climate change is already hurting our environment, causing extreme weather like floods and droughts, and hurting our ability to grow food in some regions.

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Province Pledges $587M To Fight Homelessness

This is a release from the Office of the Premier of Ontario:

Ontario is partnering with municipalities across the province to prevent and address homelessness. 

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Ottawa Debt Rises Shockingly High

cityhallsmallHere on The Bulldog we’ve been warning of the accumulation of debt at the civic level but the locals’ apathy is such that we just can’t gain traction.

Oh well, maybe this will do it.

Bulldog reader Jamie Carson sent this little missive along that shows the serious level of Ottawa debt. You might not mind such a debt if it were been poured into a worthwhile light-rail project rather than the one we have.

The tale of the tape is below:

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Ont. Raises Minimum Wage

This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories such as liquor servers, homeworkers, and students are also increasing at the same time.

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Beer Buying Freedom Backed: Poll Results

bulldog pollBulldog readers aren’t supporting Premier Kathleen Wynne’s position on retail alcohol sales.

It’s not that they don’t want liberalized alcohol sales. No Bulldog readers want wide-open beer and wine retailing … at corner stores, supermarkets, the Beer Store and LCBO. Wynne wants such sales but only at supermarkets and the traditional outlets.

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Where Should Wine, Beer Be Sold? Vote

bulldog pollShould the Ontario government be making it legal for large supermarkets to sell wine and beer? Or is the status quo the best bet? Does it matter to you?

If it does, participate in our new Bulldog Poll. Tell Ontario’s politicians how you feel about the way beer and wine are sold in the province.

The poll is below. You can only vote once. Thank you in advance for participating.

If you want to say why you voted as you did or if you have another related opinion, the comment box is below.

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Liberal Wine, Beer Rules A Wash

Maclean’s Anne Kingston examines what’s in store for Ontarians as new rules for selling wine and beer come down the pipe:

Details will be released during the provincial budget. What is known is that hundreds of large supermarkets (read: Loblaw Companies, Wal-Mart, Sobeys) will be able to sell imported and Canadian wine and craft beer in its own section, like deli or snack food, which is a big win for them.

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Big Money Causes Electoral Woes

In Ottawa we’ve been learning a great deal about the influence of campaign donations on elections.

Well not surprisingly, this is not confined to Ottawa. The Toronto Star is seeing it at Queen’s Park:

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The Beer Store: Ah, Campaign Donations

Doesn’t this quote sound vaguely familiar in the municipal sphere?

The Globe is reporting The Beer Store has donated $667,000 to provincial Liberal coffers since 2005:

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NIMBYism Revisited

Here’s another take on NIMBYism, this one from Wolf Illing, sent to The Bulldog  by email:

NIMBYism is often just a random reflex response to much more serious issues associated with rezoning, issues that need a lot more attention than they are given at present.

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Don’t Cut Doctor Fees: Lawyer

Lawyer Bill Hunter is concerned about physicians pay cuts. Hunter addresses the issue with Liberal MPP Marie-France Lalonde:

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Beer Store Practises PR

Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star has been single-handedly taking on the Beer Store oligopoly and is gaining traction at Queen’s Park.

Cohn says currently manoeuvres by the foreign-owned Beer Store to offer craft brewers part ownership of the chain are just public relations:

With its monopolistic brew falling flat, the foreign-owned Beer Store is rebranding — belatedly.

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Ontario Introduces Pension Plan

This is a release from the Ontario Premier’s Office:

The province is taking an important step to strengthen its retirement income system and ensure Ontarians are better able to enjoy their retirement years, with the introduction of legislation that would, if passed, help people save for retirement.

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