Great Lakes protection
The Libs make fresh water the first order of business, reintroducing this week the Great Lakes Protection Act, which died on the order paper when the legislature was prorogued last fall. Eco groups say they're thrilled.
The Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, concludes in its latest report that unionized public sector workers are better off than their non-unionized private sector counterparts. The news prompts Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan to jokingly nominate the institute "union organizer of the year."
Immigrants without papers
Council moves closer to making Toronto a "sanctuary city" for undocumented immigrants accessing city services. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong tries to ruin the occasion by saying immigrants are nothing but welfare cheats. Classy. Read Ben Spurr's story.
A 128-page report by the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria and Democracy Watch details the HarperCons' "systemic efforts" to prevent Canadian scientists from speaking to the public or reporters on everything from climate change to tar sands development.
The CTV host turned senator joins the growing list of HarperCon reps in the upper chamber being questioned in relation to exorbitant travel and other living expenses.
Rob Ford gloating
The city's Compliance Audit Committee shocks the fuck out of City Hall observers when it decides, in a 2-1 vote, not to commence legal proceedings against Mayor Rob Ford for contraventions of campaign financing rules. Read Jonathan Goldsbie's story.