Ford criticizes Ottawa’s funding for dense, affordable housing, defends his developer-driven sprawl agenda 

Ford criticizes Ottawa’s funding for dense, affordable housing, defends his developer-driven sprawl agenda 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford joined other Canadian premiers in voicing opposition to the federal government’s housing accelerator fund which grants funding to municipalities that pursue smart growth.

While Ford bashes the Liberals for supposedly overstepping their jurisdiction, recent scandals have exposed his alarmingly irresponsible approach to housing. 



Toronto and Region Conservation Authority assesses new role under PC government’s planning takeover

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority assesses new role under PC government’s planning takeover

The PC government has drastically altered the way conservation authorities do business under Doug Ford’s commitment to developers.

As the largest CA in Ontario (which includes parts of Peel in its jurisdiction) prepares its 2024 budget, impacts to its programs and services due to the provincial government’s developer-driven agenda are becoming clearer.



Plans for permanent youth shelter in Brampton underway as young people in Peel face mounting instability 

Plans for permanent youth shelter in Brampton underway as young people in Peel face mounting instability 

The Region of Peel is supporting a project which will accommodate up to 80 youth in need of long-term housing support.

Brampton currently only has one youth shelter (which operates as a temporary emergency housing facility) to address the growing complexities young people face with precarious employment and cost of living challenges that impact their physical and mental well being. 



Fraudulent university admission exposes systemic problems facing international students

Fraudulent university admission exposes systemic problems facing international students

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship recently announced the federal government will verify letters of admission for international students to screen for fake documents commonly handed out abroad.

A local advocate says the root causes of fraudulence that makes life difficult for foreign students go much deeper.



Caledon continues to lag behind on critical aggregate studies; residents take lead in quarry opposition

Caledon continues to lag behind on critical aggregate studies; residents take lead in quarry opposition

The Interim Control Bylaw for new aggregate operations across the Town of Caledon has been extended for an additional year, but Town staff continue to fall behind on critical studies to update policies meant to regulate the controversial gravel industry. Residents continue to advocate against any new, environmentally destructive quarries. 



Unifor members vote to ratify new agreement with Stellantis, protecting Brampton auto workers during EV transition

Unifor members vote to ratify new agreement with Stellantis, protecting Brampton auto workers during EV transition

Bargaining has come to an end as Unifor and Stellantis have voted to ratify a new three-year agreement.

Workers at Brampton’s Stellantis auto plant (formerly Chrysler) one of the biggest employers in the city, voted Monday to ratify the Master Collective Agreement which will provide job and income security to workers as the plant closes for retooling at the beginning of the new year.



Leaked letter to mayors suggests PCs learned little from Greenbelt & boundary expansion scandals

Leaked letter to mayors suggests PCs learned little from Greenbelt & boundary expansion scandals

A leaked letter from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Paul Calandra to Ontario municipalities, shared by Environmental Defence, calls on mayors to unilaterally endorse planning blueprints that will support the Doug Ford PC government’s ambitious housing policy.

The letter circumvents council and regional authority, where decision making for future land use planning lies.



‘We can’t be the solution’, Food Banks Mississauga CEO says as report reveals disturbing extent of need across Canada 

‘We can’t be the solution’, Food Banks Mississauga CEO says as report reveals disturbing extent of need across Canada 

While the Mississauga Food Bank fell short of its overall goal for the Thanksgiving Food Drive, the organization, which is seeing an unprecedented number of clients each month, still managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need.

The 9th annual drive wrapped up as Food Banks Canada released its 2023 Hunger Count Report, revealing the need for food bank services—higher than ever before—continues to worsen across the country.



PCs make another move to greenlight environmentally disastrous Highway 413

PCs make another move to greenlight environmentally disastrous Highway 413

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled portions of the federal Impact Assessment Act — the Liberal government’s rigid environmental assessment scheme — to be unconstitutional.

The decision was celebrated by the PC government as potentially opening the door for its controversial Highway 413, which is currently designated under the Act. When the PC government learned it was mistaken, it is now taking further legal steps to approve the mega-highway that would cause serious environmental harm in Southern Ontario. 



Now that the Ford PCs’ developer-driven scheme has been exposed, will Peel councillors reverse their 11,000-acre urban boundary expansion?

Now that the Ford PCs’ developer-driven scheme has been exposed, will Peel councillors reverse their 11,000-acre urban boundary expansion?

Last week, the PCs announced the reversal of forced municipal boundary expansions in Ontario, including in Peel which willingly expanded its boundary by 11,000 acres in 2022 following pressures from the provincial government.

Documents that have since become public reveal developers were favoured by the PCs in the urban expansion decisions which ignored local planning goals that tried to limit future growth to already developed areas. Despite this revelation, it remains unclear whether Peel councillors will reverse their previous decision.



York teacher among those arrested in online child sexual exploitation bust involving Peel Police

York teacher among those arrested in online child sexual exploitation bust involving Peel Police

The OPP, in conjunction with five municipal police forces, including Peel Regional Police, announced charges from a proactive online child sexual exploitation investigation which led to the arrest of ten individuals, including a high school teacher who has been with the York Region District School Board for the last 22 years. 



Cost of Peel’s shelter overflow sees nearly 20-fold increase in just 4 years; system is 270% above capacity

Cost of Peel’s shelter overflow sees nearly 20-fold increase in just 4 years; system is 270% above capacity

Peel’s emergency housing system is falling further behind demand for shelter space, with an unprecedented number of houseless individuals and low-income families being pushed to the brink by runaway cost of living expenses.

A spike in asylum claimants has added to the dangerous dynamic as the Region can no longer meet its policy to never turn anyone away. Temporary solutions to keep people safe as winter nears will cost millions of dollars, while permanent emergency housing in one of Canada’s largest regions is nowhere close to where it needs to be. 



Brampton faces pressure to move away from sprawl in new plan; Mississauga addresses major issues for future growth

Brampton faces pressure to move away from sprawl in new plan; Mississauga addresses major issues for future growth

Brampton councillors are set to approve the Official Plan that will guide local growth for the next three decades as the city attempts to break its addiction to sprawl.

In Mississauga, a number of departments will share strategies with councillors for new infrastructure and services to meet the coming population boom. 



Land scandal part 2: Evidence shows Ford PCs & developers schemed behind the scenes to force more sprawl on municipalities

Land scandal part 2: Evidence shows Ford PCs & developers schemed behind the scenes to force more sprawl on municipalities

Thousands of documents received by Environmental Defence through an FOI request reveal PC government staff were working directly with developers to expand municipal urban boundaries, using a series of backroom deals similar to those in the Greenbelt scandal.

The new information reveals a pattern of behaviour by the PCs to give sprawl developers exactly what they want, and opens the door for cities and regions to retake control over their own planning, after alarming interference by Doug Ford’s government and land speculators with ties to its leader.



Peel moves to increase emergency housing & shelter options, boost rental assistance ahead of winter

Peel moves to increase emergency housing & shelter options, boost rental assistance ahead of winter

As staff move away from the idea of implementing temporary modular housing to address the Region’s housing and homeless crisis, Peel is instead considering higher quality, non-cabin style units, along with new proposals for affordable housing and shelter expansion ahead of the winter months, including more rental assistance programs.



Will Ottawa’s $114M commitment to Brampton push the city away from sprawl to create more affordable housing? 

Will Ottawa’s $114M commitment to Brampton push the city away from sprawl to create more affordable housing? 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a historic announcement in Brampton, pledging $114 million from the Housing Accelerator Fund to build more homes.

It will allow the City to bring more than 3,000 additional housing units online over the next three years, and is a game-changer to meet its target of 113,000 new homes under the Ontario government’s housing plan. However, only five percent of the funding was initially allocated to the “affordable housing” category in the City’s application, raising questions about the impact on Brampton’s dire housing affordability predicament. 



Ford government ignores clean energy transition, expands existing gas plants to produce more electricity

Ford government ignores clean energy transition, expands existing gas plants to produce more electricity

Despite the Ontario government’s promise not to open any new natural gas plants, it is expanding capacity at existing facilities.

While the federal government drafts Clean Energy Regulations to achieve a net zero electricity grid by 2035, loopholes allow provinces to keep polluting the air in the name of energy production.



Environmental groups take PC government to court over failure to respond to Greenbelt FOIs

Environmental groups take PC government to court over failure to respond to Greenbelt FOIs

Environmental Defence, represented by Ecojustice, has filed a court case against the Ontario government for failing to respond to a freedom of information request submitted last November that sought documents related to the Greenbelt Plan which removed 15 parcels of land from the protected greenspace.

Despite Doug Ford’s recent acknowledgements of irresponsible behaviour and apologies to the public, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has yet to comply with the FOI request. 



Survey finds Brampton residents increasingly unhappy over use of tax dollars, crime, affordability 

Survey finds Brampton residents increasingly unhappy over use of tax dollars, crime, affordability 

A Community Satisfaction Survey has revealed a large segment of Bramptonians feel quality of life has worsened in recent years.

Mayor Patrick Brown told City staff the survey was “unnecessary” and called it “friendly fire,” claiming the City has been working on issues raised in the results. His own failure to fund needed infrastructure and amenities was one of the issues taxpayers highlighted. 



Abuse, neglect and cash settlements: How a lack of accountability is harming children in Ontario schools for the deaf and blind 

Abuse, neglect and cash settlements: How a lack of accountability is harming children in Ontario schools for the deaf and blind 

Jane went through hell at E.C. Drury School for the Deaf. But she is not alone. 

Ontario has paid out $23 million in taxpayer money to children harmed at schools under the mandate of the Provincial and Demonstration School Branch (PDSB). Yet, no systemic review of allegations or problems plaguing its broken culture has been conducted by the Ministry of Education. Minister Stephen Lecce has refused to do so. 

One family is taking the Board and government to court, hoping to finally end the abuse. 



Brampton’s Centennial Mall transformation to residential neighbourhood going forward despite lack of infrastructure 

Brampton’s Centennial Mall transformation to residential neighbourhood going forward despite lack of infrastructure 

Brampton’s withering Centennial Mall will be redeveloped into a mixed-use neighbourhood, to help accommodate the city’s rapid growth. The project will create 2,724 residential units and will include some space for services and retail activity.

But locals are raising concerns about the loss of the mall and the lack of infrastructure to support thousands of new neighbours.



Modular housing not popular with Peel staff, other ideas proposed for shelter space ahead of winter; Public health funding continues to fall short of need

Modular housing not popular with Peel staff, other ideas proposed for shelter space ahead of winter; Public health funding continues to fall short of need

The Region of Peel has a series of reports coming forward this week all with proposals to address the housing crisis that has caused the number of houseless residents to skyrocket.

Bill 23 and the lack of public health funding also continue to create significant problems for Peel; while Brampton considers a pilot program to help the hiring of those with disabilities. 



‘It’s created a structural problem’: hundreds of regional government staff quitting ahead of Peel’s dissolution 

‘It’s created a structural problem’: hundreds of regional government staff quitting ahead of Peel’s dissolution 

During last week's public meeting, Regional councillors heard from public health staff worried about their jobs and the services provided to residents.

Delegations led to the admission of "structural" issues within the organization amid the departure of hundreds of staff, as employees call on council and senior leadership to advocate for more transparency from Queen’s Park while the provincial transition board works to dissolve the Region of Peel by 2025.



Supreme Court ruling on Impact Assessment Act still allows Ottawa oversight of Highway 413

Supreme Court ruling on Impact Assessment Act still allows Ottawa oversight of Highway 413

A recent Supreme Court decision ruled that parts of the Impact Assessment Act are unconstitutional. But while the decision is being celebrated across provinces whose conservative governments rail against interference by Ottawa, the federal government has vowed to review the process, and, while doing so, certain projects, including Doug Ford’s Highway 413, remain under its microscope.



Crombie uses strong mayor powers to override council decision that rejected four-plexes in Mississauga

Crombie uses strong mayor powers to override council decision that rejected four-plexes in Mississauga

The City of Mississauga has announced it will be moving forward with permitting four-plexes city-wide after Mayor Bonnie Crombie issued a Mayoral Directive on Friday to reverse a decision made last week by council when members held off on allowing the multiplex housing model, citing the need for public consultations.

Facing an affordable housing crisis, Crombie has instead decided to take the matter into her own hands, avoiding any chance of NIMBYism influencing weak councillors. 



PCs want to ‘close Greenbelt chapter’ with new legislation; will public forgive and forget?

PCs want to ‘close Greenbelt chapter’ with new legislation; will public forgive and forget?

Housing Minister Paul Calandra introduced legislation Monday designed to protect the Greenbelt from future incursions. But questions remain regarding how strong the new Bill really is, as the PCs continue to chip away at protected greenspaces through a variety of other legislation and projects.



Doug Ford’s latest threat to environmental protections & Ontario’s natural water systems

Doug Ford’s latest threat to environmental protections & Ontario’s natural water systems

Four proposals open on the Environmental Registry of Ontario call for the removal of licensing requirements for a range of activities that could severely impact the management of increased storm activity across the province and the protection of our most sensitive water systems.

Legislation put forward by the PC government to expedite commercial activity would make it easier to ignore critical hydrological conditions.  



As Peel Police breaks ground on massive facility questions linger about its future and how community safety should be funded

As Peel Police breaks ground on massive facility questions linger about its future and how community safety should be funded

Peel Regional Police celebrated the groundbreaking for a new operations facility last week that will house 700 staff.

While some taxpayers want to see resources allocated toward traditional policing, others want their taxes spent on upstream solutions that prevent social decline and crime, before they happen.  



Israeli/Palestinian conflict challenges Canadian values of tolerance & pluralism  

Israeli/Palestinian conflict challenges Canadian values of tolerance & pluralism  

Public gatherings in support of Israel and Palestinians have taken place in cities across the globe since the horrifying attacks on innocent civilians by Hamas last Saturday.

In Mississauga, an impromptu celebration at a plaza parking lot shortly after news of the violence was first reported raises questions about our commitment to condemn behaviour that is anti-Canadian, while simultaneously supporting citizens seeking justice through peaceful means. 



Turmoil continues for PCs as RCMP launch investigation into Greenbelt scandal; AG reviewing use of MZOs

Turmoil continues for PCs as RCMP launch investigation into Greenbelt scandal; AG reviewing use of MZOs

Assurances by Premier Doug Ford of no wrongdoing in the process to remove 15 parcels of land from the Greenbelt, creating $8.3 billion of value for preferred developers, have failed to stop the RCMP from investigating the controversial land swaps.

While the national police force begins its formal probe, the province’s Auditor General has launched its own investigation to examine the Ontario government’s use of MZOs to benefit private companies.



Residents increasingly unhappy in Brampton, survey finds; Mississauga council to hear from constituents, advocates on push for housing density 

Residents increasingly unhappy in Brampton, survey finds; Mississauga council to hear from constituents, advocates on push for housing density 

A Community Satisfaction Survey completed for the City of Brampton has found nearly half of residents reported feeling unhappier now than three years ago, with public safety and housing affordability listed as top concerns.

In Mississauga, council members are set to vote on a motion that will make it easier for residents to convert their properties to denser forms of housing. A long list of delegates are set to speak on the matter. 



MiWay demand returns to normal levels for first time since pandemic, spurs need for fare increases

MiWay demand returns to normal levels for first time since pandemic, spurs need for fare increases

For the first time since 2020, MiWay is experiencing user demand above levels recorded prior to the pandemic. As the City focuses on meeting service levels and reaching its goal to electrify the fleet, the increased demand has prompted the need for more funding. A recent report to council members calls for a $6.7 million increase in the 2024 budget.



Despite reversal of Greenbelt swaps, Ford government doubling down on projects that put Ontario farmland at risk

Despite reversal of Greenbelt swaps, Ford government doubling down on projects that put Ontario farmland at risk

While the Greenbelt scandal has been exposed and the developer-driven plan is set to be scrapped, the PC government has shifted gears to push the Highway 413 and Bradford Bypass projects, with more Greenbelt land and valuable agricultural properties at risk.



Caledon mansion development threatening local water now in the hands of OLT

Caledon mansion development threatening local water now in the hands of OLT

Last week, Caledon council voted against a staff recommendation not to fight back against a development permit for 75 rural mansions in Belfountain. The project would double the size and population of the historic hamlet, and cause potential impacts on the wells of residents who have lived in the area for generations.

Should the development impact water quality and quantity, the Town could be on the hook for close to $20 million. 



Brampton council at a standstill, enters second-straight week without meeting; Mayor Brown’s whereabouts questioned

Brampton council at a standstill, enters second-straight week without meeting; Mayor Brown’s whereabouts questioned

Where is Brampton City Council and Mayor Patrick Brown? For the second-straight week, there has been no meeting of council and the public has been left in the dark as to why these regular meetings have been removed from the calendar.

Citizens are expressing concern and frustration with elected officials as key pieces of city business sit stagnant at city hall.



Brampton’s healthcare system continues to struggle, while plans for Peel Memorial’s expansion languish 

Brampton’s healthcare system continues to struggle, while plans for Peel Memorial’s expansion languish 

The William Osler Healthcare System recently urged Bramptonians to find help elsewhere as its Urgent Care Centre at Peel Memorial was operating well beyond capacity.

It’s the latest in a long line of issues that have plagued Brampton’s overburdened healthcare system. Yet there appears to be no urgency from local elected leaders, Osler officials, or the PC government to expedite Peel Memorial’s expansion—a decision that could save lives. 



For the first time, PDSB considers culturally relevant care in mental health strategy; Mississauga looks at ‘missing middle’ housing; Brampton council remains AWOL

For the first time, PDSB considers culturally relevant care in mental health strategy; Mississauga looks at ‘missing middle’ housing; Brampton council remains AWOL

A new three-year mental health strategy from the Peel District School Board, for the first time, will offer resources designed to assist the wide demographic of students it serves. 

As City business piles up, Brampton council goes without a meeting for the second-straight week. 

A Mississauga councillor is looking to make it easier for property owners to convert their land into desperately needed “missing middle” housing. 



‘They need to be held accountable’: Brampton residents ask council to include corporate landlords in Residential Rental Licensing pilot plan 

‘They need to be held accountable’: Brampton residents ask council to include corporate landlords in Residential Rental Licensing pilot plan 

As Brampton Council continues to finalize its plans to launch its Residential Rental Licensing Pilot Program in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 at the start of 2024, residents raised concerns at a Committee of Council meeting about the exemption of properties renting out more than five units.

The program aims to protect tenants from health, safety and human rights violations. Peel ACORN told council members that a large number of tenants in Brampton live in units owned by corporate landlords that often financially exploit renters.



Peel failing to comply with ‘no turn away policy’ as shelter system grapples with 247 percent occupancy rate fuelled by spike in asylum seekers 

Peel failing to comply with ‘no turn away policy’ as shelter system grapples with 247 percent occupancy rate fuelled by spike in asylum seekers 

A recent report to Regional council revealed Peel is seeing a dramatic rise in the number of asylum claimants requiring emergency housing, pushing its shelters to operate at a 247 percent occupancy rate.

In an even more alarming revelation, asylum claimants account for approximately 57 percent of these shelter occupants — a number the federal government anticipates will only increase. With no additional funding available at the Regional level and insufficient support from upper levels of government, it's unclear how the Region of Peel will respond to the rising demand with winter fast approaching. 



In Ontario Doug Ford and his PC government make a mockery of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

In Ontario Doug Ford and his PC government make a mockery of Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples

On September 30, the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was recognized across the part of Turtle Island now known as Canada. As the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples passes, the federal government has completed 13 of 94 calls to action established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and implemented in 2015.

While progress has been slow at the federal level, in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government has introduced multiple pieces of legislation that completely negate free, prior and informed consent—a cornerstone of the truth and reconciliation commitments to undo centuries of injustice done to Indigenous peoples.



Pandemic & underfunding leave questions around Peel Public Health ahead of regional dissolution

Pandemic & underfunding leave questions around Peel Public Health ahead of regional dissolution

As Peel Public Health tries to reestablish programming after the pandemic, the department is struggling to keep up with demand. Operating at full capacity will be an even steeper challenge once the Region of Peel dissolves in 2025.

Service disruptions and the division of critical health services between Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon are top of mind as officials scramble to ensure the well being of Peel residents is not jeopardized. 



Residents gather in Mississauga to support trans, queer youth and counter protests fueled by intolerance

Residents gather in Mississauga to support trans, queer youth and counter protests fueled by intolerance

Nation-wide protests driven by intolerance toward educating children about issues of gender and sexual identity, were met by counter-protesters gathered in defence of trans rights and 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in schools.

In Peel, roughly 2,000 people congregated outside Mississauga City Hall one week ago, and grassroots organization QTBIPOC Sauga, in collaboration with Caledon Pride, held a counter-protest defending education that reduces the ongoing marginalization of 2SLGBTQ+ communities across Canada. 



Communities celebrate grand opening of Brampton Food Hub in the face of worsening insecurity

Communities celebrate grand opening of Brampton Food Hub in the face of worsening insecurity

The Brampton Food Hub held its grand opening this past Thursday. It finally provides the city a long-needed centralized emergency food network through a collaboration of six existing non-profit and faith-based agencies.

The launch follows years of work by local organizations and their members who have been championing efforts to address the food insecurity crisis in a hyper-growth city where many newcomers and other residents struggle to secure their most basic needs.



Ontario Ombudsman ignores investigations into Patrick Brown’s disturbing conduct, which he cancelled himself

Ontario Ombudsman ignores investigations into Patrick Brown’s disturbing conduct, which he cancelled himself

Brampton taxpayers still don’t have any answers about a half-dozen investigations cancelled last year by Patrick Brown, after initial work revealed alarming conduct by the controversial mayor.

Froese Forensic’s investigation into the failed BramptonU project flagged a pattern of disturbing behaviour inside City Hall, under Brown’s leadership, but the mayor cancelled the remaining work, including separate investigations into contracts and hirings, before the completed findings could be revealed to the public. The provincial Ombudsman issued a second letter to Council after Brown and his council allies pulled the plug on the probes, urging their completion, but Ontario’s municipal watchdog will not commit to an independent investigation. 



PDSB implements Two Spirit & LGBTQIA+ Action Plan following protests; Region preparing for COVID surge 

PDSB implements Two Spirit & LGBTQIA+ Action Plan following protests; Region preparing for COVID surge 

Following protests across the province relating to issues of sexuality being taught in schools, the PDSB is implementing a new plan to support students and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+ or Two Spirit. 

The Region of Peel will hear from staff about ongoing financial audits launched by Premier Doug Ford and the PC government into its books and learn how public health is preparing for the upcoming flu season. 



Mississauga declares intimate partner violence an epidemic: a ‘first step’ toward desperately needed funding

Mississauga declares intimate partner violence an epidemic: a ‘first step’ toward desperately needed funding

City Council declared gender-based violence and intimate partner violence an epidemic in Mississauga, similar to motions brought forward to Brampton and Regional council earlier this year. It is a move advocacy groups are calling a “first step” toward addressing the root cause of these extreme acts of violence common across the region, but without sufficient recognition and funding from the Province, these violent crimes will continue. 



Caledon staff confident aggregate industry will be held accountable by provincial tribunal, despite its track record

Caledon staff confident aggregate industry will be held accountable by provincial tribunal, despite its track record

Caledon council voted to extend its interim control bylaw on the aggregate industry for an additional year after an update to the Town’s outdated and insufficient policies was not completed in the one year timeframe. Despite the mayor and some councillors having concerns over the potential for aggregate companies to appeal their delayed applications, including one for a large blasting quarry in the middle of the protected Greenbelt, staff claimed the Town would be in a good position to argue an appeal.

They did not explain why. Under the PCs, 97 percent of decisions at the Ontario Land Tribunal have gone in favour of private companies recently. 



We are ‘expected to fill those gaps’: Food Banks Mississauga has rebranded but governments still aren’t paying attention

We are ‘expected to fill those gaps’: Food Banks Mississauga has rebranded but governments still aren’t paying attention

As The Mississauga Food Bank announces its rebranding to Food Banks Mississauga, a name the organization’s CEO says better reflects the work it does, the community service has also revealed in its latest report that five percent of the city’s population is now turning to the food bank to meet one of its most basic needs. The shocking statistic comes as the organization predicts a further surge in food insecurity in the community with no government intervention in sight.



St. Catharines considering more taxpayer-funded incentives for developers despite questions about their effectiveness

St. Catharines considering more taxpayer-funded incentives for developers despite questions about their effectiveness

A report coming to St. Catharines council on Monday includes a recommendation for the approval of incentive applications for three development proposals as part of the City’s 2020 Community Improvement Plan. Monday’s report raises questions and stirs previous concerns about the effectiveness of these incentive programs that have historically been criticized in Niagara Region for giving wealthy developers even greater profits at the expense of taxpayers who see few benefits.



Erosion of support among Doug Ford’s conservative base leads to Greenbelt reversal

Erosion of support among Doug Ford’s conservative base leads to Greenbelt reversal

Premier Doug Ford announced the reversal of the widely reviled Greenbelt Plan Thursday, putting all 14 remaining parcels of land removed last November back into the protected greenscape. Despite an apology and admission of his mistake, advocates remain cautious of the government’s integrity and intentions, turning their attention to projects like Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass which have been under intense scrutiny.