A proposed plastic ban comes as our disposable, hyperactive lifestyles demand unsustainable convenience

A proposed plastic ban comes as our disposable, hyperactive lifestyles demand unsustainable convenience

If people don’t stop discarding single-use plastics used for little more than convenience, we can kiss our oceans, and our very way of life, goodbye.



Peel taxpayers may need to pay more for transporting prisoners as province shucks responsibility

Peel taxpayers may need to pay more for transporting prisoners as province shucks responsibility

A $700,000 cut to court services puts Peel Regional Police and the regional municipality between a rock and a hard place, as Acting Chief Chris McCord pointed out in an update to council Thursday.

Local police are required by law to transport prisoners to court, which means they’ll have to find the money somewhere if the province refuses to pony up.



Brampton MPP pushes to resume GTA West highway study as province passes sprawl-inducing bill

Brampton MPP pushes to resume GTA West highway study as province passes sprawl-inducing bill

Amarjot Sandhu’s move to build a controversial highway puts him in good company with Mayor Patrick Brown, who thinks the project would help Brampton’s economy.

The plan also promotes sprawl — encouraging policies that appear in Doug Ford’s developer-friendly Bill 108.  



Fallout from Bill 108 puts $205M revenue at risk, could push Peel $393M deeper into debt

Fallout from Bill 108 puts $205M revenue at risk, could push Peel $393M deeper into debt

The “devastating” effects of the developer-friendly omnibus bill, as described by municipalities, did nothing to slow its passage through the Legislature last week.

Nor did critics’ doubts that it will do much to meet the stated aim of improving the supply, and lowering the cost, of housing in Ontario.

Now, Peel Region and Brampton are grappling with the significant impact of the bill’s sweeping changes to revenues and planning, many of which could mean rising property tax and utility rates for local residents. 



Peel’s “fragile” mental health and addictions services get a funding boost

Peel’s “fragile” mental health and addictions services get a funding boost

A $2.375-million injection from the province will help the Peel-Dufferin branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association expand police-mental health crisis teams, rapid response addiction clinics and peer support at hospitals.

But with an increase in cases across the GTA, if we’re hit by a spike in opioid emergencies like the one Peterborough just experienced, will our services be ready?



Across Canada and in Brampton, young men gathered before they saved the world

Across Canada and in Brampton, young men gathered before they saved the world

Our memory of D-Day on this 75th anniversary is fading, like the footsteps on Juno Beach. But the young men and women in Brampton who proudly serve their country, continue a long and storied history.



With Bill 108 about to pass, MPPs and municipalities team up to fight the developer-friendly legislation

With Bill 108 about to pass, MPPs and municipalities team up to fight the developer-friendly legislation

The More Homes, More Choices Act won’t do much to improve housing affordability, say opposition MPPs, who blasted the governing PCs for cutting off public consultation on the bill after just one day.

Instead, they say, the main beneficiaries will be developers, who get a series of breaks while cities suffer a loss of revenue and control over their own planning.



As incomes stagnate while real estate prices skyrocket, federal government invests in housing for Peel

As incomes stagnate while real estate prices skyrocket, federal government invests in housing for Peel

Some 45 families on Peel’s waiting list for affordable housing will benefit from last month’s announcement of federal funding for a new residential building.  

That’s the good news. The bad news is that’s just a drop in the bucket as more and more people across the region get squeezed out of a real estate market that does not offer prices many can afford.



Police statistics affirm fears that violent crime is on the rise in Peel Region

Police statistics affirm fears that violent crime is on the rise in Peel Region

The Peel Police annual report shows the severity of crime is increasing in the fast-growing region, continuing a pattern begun in 2014 and paralleling the urban experience across Canada.

However, Mississauga and Brampton remain safer than many other cities, with a violent crime rate well below the provincial average.

And with increases to the police budget, the number of officers per capita is going up in keeping with the region’s population boom.



Horwath tables bill to curb Ford’s power over cities, saying he meddles to take revenge

Horwath tables bill to curb Ford’s power over cities, saying he meddles to take revenge

On Monday, Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath tabled a bill that would shrink the province’s ability to act unilaterally on municipal issues.

The bill would ensure that the province do proper consultations and receive approval from municipalities before making changes to boundaries or council composition.

While unlikely to go anywhere, the bill’s intent likely has support in Brampton, where Ford is wreaking havoc on the city’s future.



Mother of 6-year-old schoolgirl handcuffed by Peel police alleges racial discrimination in human rights case

Mother of 6-year-old schoolgirl handcuffed by Peel police alleges racial discrimination in human rights case

Peel Regional Police are in the hot seat again at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, in a case where a mother claims the fact her daughter is Black prompted an “excessive level of police force and brutality” that included restraints on her wrists and ankles.

Police say the 2016 incident at a Mississauga public school involved “out of control” behaviour, so the girl was handcuffed to keep her and others safe. The force is still reeling from a scathing equity-diversity audit that painted a disturbing picture of a predominantly white police department out of step with the diverse community it serves.



Part 2: The Cortelluccis – questionable deals, philanthropy and the complex world of developers

Part 2: The Cortelluccis – questionable deals, philanthropy and the complex world of developers

From the $205 million Brampton City Hall extension to land deals involving the Ontario PCs and his run for a seat in the Italian Senate, Mario Cortellucci has been a part of a string of controversies. The multi-millionaire developer doesn’t do many interviews in the mainstream media, but his name is often involved in questionable real estate transactions that usually involve municipal and provincial politicians.    



Pave paradise: $388M in city revenue at risk as Ford’s Bill 108 offers massive giveaways to developers

Pave paradise: $388M in city revenue at risk as Ford’s Bill 108 offers massive giveaways to developers

Ontario cities got a break from some of the Ford government’s draconian cuts this week, but Bill 108 looms large as a fresh threat.

Changes to development charges could mean homeowner tax increases, less green space and more concrete for big developments, and a return to less local control over planning decisions.

Those were some of the potential effects outlined for city council by Brampton staff, who are worried about the Ford government’s impact on the city’s future.



Ford’s about-face on municipal cuts restores millions in core service funding for Peel Region

Ford’s about-face on municipal cuts restores millions in core service funding for Peel Region

Facing a widespread backlash across Ontario, the Doug Ford PC government has stepped back from a suite of cuts to the municipal sector that would have left Peel $40 million short, compared to previous funding levels for a range of crucial services.

The turn-around means that public health, policing, early childcare and other areas of core service delivery in Peel will not be hit as hard as once thought.



Part 1: The Cortelluccis – the power and influence of a family of developers

Part 1: The Cortelluccis – the power and influence of a family of developers

Under the Doug Ford PC government, land-use policy in Brampton and across Southern Ontario has become a critical issue. As our population continues to explode, will the rest of the region be given over to developers for more sprawl, which causes immense economic and social problems?

Developer Mario Cortellucci’s story, with his relationship to the PC government, is a cautionary tale that shows how the construction industry usually gets what it wants.



It’s hard to be engaged in a world with so many distractions

It’s hard to be engaged in a world with so many distractions

Brampton didn’t have a very good showing in the recent debate over its future. Is community and political involvement near impossible in our ‘me’ era of hyper-consumerism, with its slavish drive to replace citizenship with a different type of desire?



Peel Regional Police in the dark about provincial cuts to service

Peel Regional Police in the dark about provincial cuts to service

Provincial cuts to Peel Regional Police are expected to be as high as $2.6 million. The changes to funding come at a time when violent crime is on the rise and could limit the organization’s agility in responding to the alarming wave of crime over the past year.

The police service does not yet know how the cuts will impact service delivery.



Peel’s new PR campaign hits back at cuts as rift between region and province grows

Peel’s new PR campaign hits back at cuts as rift between region and province grows

Peel Council joins other municipal governments across Ontario set to launch publicity campaigns to draw attention to the sweeping cuts being made by Premier Doug Ford and his PC government. Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and other politicians have highlighted the impact the province’s moves will have on flood prevention, vaccinations, dental screening for children, early childcare and many other programs that will either lose funding or have to be protected by municipal taxpayers who will suffer most as a result of Ford’s recent cuts. He has said they are a necessity if Ontario’s out-of-control debt is to be reined in.



After $1 million in consultant’s fees, Brown and Crombie still don’t agree on the numbers; now Ford will determine region’s future

After $1 million in consultant’s fees, Brown and Crombie still don’t agree on the numbers; now Ford will determine region’s future

A tug of war over Ernst and Young’s $600,000 report on the financial outcomes of different governance models for Peel Region highlights the uncertain future for more than 1.5 million residents. Another tense council meeting Thursday, with Brampton and Mississauga members interpreting the report’s findings differently and once again unable to come to any common ground on the region’s future, likely marks the end of the local debate. It’s now up to Premier Doug Ford and his PC colleagues at Queen’s Park to decide what type of municipal structure Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon residents will be governed by in the future.



Peel school board chair says claims of fear mongering by region’s PC MPPs ‘simply untrue’

Peel school board chair says claims of fear mongering by region’s PC MPPs ‘simply untrue’

A recent exchange of letters between members of the PC government and Peel educators reveals the candid disagreement over the way proposed cuts to education are being handled. The provincial government says many in the education system are fear mongering, creating anxiety about teacher losses and sweeping classroom changes that are being exaggerated. Educators have fired back against Peel PC MPPs, saying that teacher layoffs will be a reality while students will lose key educational options as certain classes will have to be cut.



Chaotic scramble to get $660,000 consultant’s report to province ahead of its deadline for feedback on future of Peel Region

Chaotic scramble to get $660,000 consultant’s report to province ahead of its deadline for feedback on future of Peel Region

By the end of the workday Tuesday, a finalized consultant’s report commissioned by Peel Region to provide crucial feedback about its future to the province still wasn’t ready.

The entire handling of the region’s position regarding the possibility of its dissolution has been poorly managed since the Doug Ford government’s surprise launch of the potentially game-changing regional review in January.

It’s unlikely councillors and the public will get to even see the consultant’s work before it goes to the province, if it’s ready ahead of the midnight deadline.



‘Canada will be under sharia law,’ former Mississauga mayoral candidate says after being ordered to pay $2.5M for defaming restaurateur

‘Canada will be under sharia law,’ former Mississauga mayoral candidate says after being ordered to pay $2.5M for defaming restaurateur

Anti-Muslim agitator Kevin Johnston has been ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages regarding derogatory remarks against restaurant owner and philanthropist Mohamad Fakih.

The “hateful Islamophobic remarks” in a 2017 video outside a Paramount restaurant in Mississauga were only the latest in a series of anti-Muslim activities by Johnston.



Life and politics: the two worlds of Sara Singh

Life and politics: the two worlds of Sara Singh

Death and perseverance.

They’re part of the story of Brampton Centre MPP Sara Singh’s election victory.

But there’s an even deeper story to what drew her into politics, and what fires her up at Queen’s Park when it’s time to speak for the Opposition as the NDP Deputy Leader.



Region takes steps to help survivors of human trafficking with new shelter spaces

Region takes steps to help survivors of human trafficking with new shelter spaces

A $1.8-million Peel Region program will provide a one-stop hub for services for victims of human trafficking, plus emergency shelter and long-term transitional housing spaces to help them get back to a normal life.

Providing these supports is especially critical in Peel, which for reasons of geography has become a hotbed of sex trafficking in Canada.

The region hopes to get some financial support from Queen’s Park, but it’s uncertain if the current government is likely to provide it.



Ontario municipalities where the PCs get their power should fight Doug Ford

Ontario municipalities where the PCs get their power should fight Doug Ford

The Michael Fenn-Ken Seiling travelling road show criss-crossing the province and discussing possible changes to the regional governance model, touched down in Brampton this past week. Is it simply window-dressing for the Ford government or will municipalities that hold the lion’s share of political leverage with the PCs (86 percent of the party’s seats are outside Toronto) stand up to the Premier on a range of issues such as allowing development in The Greenbelt, environmental protection and others that will impact our province for decades?



Ernst & Young’s $660,000 report on impact of altering Peel Region likely to be a day late and a dollar short

Ernst & Young’s $660,000 report on impact of altering Peel Region likely to be a day late and a dollar short

After much doubt about the quality of a $325,000 Deloitte report, it appears that Ernst & Young’s council-mandated follow-up work on the cost of potential changes to regional government is likely to miss the province’s May 21 deadline for submissions on the regional review. Peel Chair Nando Iannicca was once again on the hot seat, as councillors voiced frustration over the bungling of the outside consulting work.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown suggested that the controversial Deloitte report be the submission if Ernst & Young’s comes in too late. Mississauga councillors were having none of that idea.



Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s voice offers a universal message for South Asian diasporas separated by an ocean

Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha’s voice offers a universal message for South Asian diasporas separated by an ocean

The British writer and director best known for Bend it like Beckham has focused her career on exploring the dualities of identity experienced by the South Asian diaspora in Britain and, by extension, around the world.

Her latest film, Blinded by the Light, kicked off the International Film Festival of South Asia Thursday. It tells the story of a Pakistani-British high school boy in the ‘80s, frustrated by forces looking to define him, who finds salvation in the music of Bruce Springsteen.

The movie’s message finds an audience in Brampton where a huge South Asian diaspora can identify with the struggles of her main character, Javed.



‘Shocking’ $45M in provincial cuts could mean 8% hike in regional taxes

‘Shocking’ $45M in provincial cuts could mean 8% hike in regional taxes

Decreased funding for important services such as public health and early years childcare could cost Peel Region residents $45 million.

Peel’s director of business and financial planning says that amount alone amounts to a 4.1 percent hike, on top of current tax projections, just to keep services at current levels.

After a radical suggestion from Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown to suspend prisoner transport to grab public attention, Peel council took a milder approach: an advocacy campaign to inform the public about the effects of the province’s actions.



A film about forbidden love in a country struggling with its barbaric caste system kicks off South Asian film festival

A film about forbidden love in a country struggling with its barbaric caste system kicks off South Asian film festival

The International Film Festival of South Asia, the largest of its kind in North America, is set to kick-off this Thursday. Sir, a film that challenges entrenched attitudes about women in India and the staggering treatment of its underclass, set the tone for this year’s event when it pre-launched the festival.

It’s about a maid, or servant, in India and her place within the rigidly regimented caste system that girds the world’s largest democracy, where about 900-million residents are members of historically marginalized groups.



With looming provincial cuts, what could change for Peel Public Health?

With looming provincial cuts, what could change for Peel Public Health?

Peel Public Health is already trying to do more with less, receiving lower per-capita provincial funding than many other public health units even before the PCs’ recently announced budget changes.

But its record of accomplishment during 2018 — thousands of vaccinations, inspections to prevent water-and foodborne illness, dental screening for children, addiction mitigation programs and much more — could be threatened by a $20-million loss of support under the Doug Ford government.

Inevitably, the burden for continuing these essential services for the public good will fall back on the municipal taxpayer.



MPs silent on denied funding to combat growing youth violence in Peel

MPs silent on denied funding to combat growing youth violence in Peel

Peel Police have failed to win their bid for $3.72 million from the National Crime Prevention Strategy, money intended to pay for a program to divert at-risk youth away from violent crime.

All five of Brampton’s MPs had signed on to the proposal with a letter of support, given the rise in violent crimes by young offenders over the past several years.

The reasons for the denial by Ottawa — and the details of the plan itself — remain murky.



Peel wins battle for critical development charges

Peel wins battle for critical development charges

The provincial housing plan has preserved development charges for water infrastructure, maintaining the long-standing principle that “growth pays for growth.”

That was one piece of good news last week for Peel Region, where leaders feared the provincial PCs were looking at making ratepayers cover the cost of new infrastructure in their water bills, rather than the development industry.

That would have cost the typical homeowner more than $500 a year.



Teachers declared “surplus to board” speak out

Teachers declared “surplus to board” speak out

Emily Brown came into some notoriety when she vented her frustrations with the provincial government on Facebook.

Her post, now shared over 4,000 times, talks about how she was one of 193 high school teachers in the PDSB to be declared surplus, meaning she may not have a job in the next school year.

The recent news came while she’s on maternity leave and was looking forward to going back to work in the fall.  



Chronic underfunding in Peel deprives students of critical resources

Chronic underfunding in Peel deprives students of critical resources

Ontario’s second-largest school board, the Peel public board, expects per-pupil funding next year to come in at nearly $1,000 less than the provincial average.

While it’s tricky to compare apples and oranges among the province’s widely varying school districts, that still astounds PDSB chair Stan Cameron, who points out that with rapid growth, “We need every penny we can get.”

After decades of seeing problems with the school funding formula go uncorrected, educators’ woes are only growing under the Doug Ford government’s cost-cutting and teacher-slashing budget.



External legal opinion suggests Peel Chair and CFO violated bylaw in commissioning Deloitte report

External legal opinion suggests Peel Chair and CFO violated bylaw in commissioning Deloitte report

A third-party legal opinion obtained by the City of Mississauga contends that Peel Region staff and Chair Nando Iannicca violated the region’s own bylaws by hiring two companies to review the financial implications of changes to regional government.

Splitting the work kept the cost of each bill to less than the $250,000 threshold over which any procurements need council approval.

But Peel’s chair and CFO say the scope of the work was different and insist that the controversial Deloitte report — which argues the region is better off financially staying as-is — was properly commissioned at the staff level.



As youth violence spikes, Peel police double down on employment program

As youth violence spikes, Peel police double down on employment program

The Peel Police Services Board has approved $24,000 to hire five more youth as part of a summer program aimed at turning at-risk young people toward a more positive path in life.

The eight-week Youth in Policing Initiative will give 25 teens a chance to get mentoring and encouragement to think about policing as a career choice.

It’s the second year the board has topped up funding for the provincial program, following a rise in violent crime perpetrated by young offenders.



Big city mayors sound off on Ford’s shell game, warning of downloading costs onto property owners

Big city mayors sound off on Ford’s shell game, warning of downloading costs onto property owners

Mayors Patrick Brown and Bonnie Crombie have weighed in on a statement made by the chair of the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario, that argued looming provincial cuts are “downloading by stealth.”

The Peel mayors highlighted the burdens being placed on property taxpayers as a result of reduced provincial funding for local services such as public health, policing, libraries, childcare and more.

The provincial budget deepened the pain by reneging on the previous government’s promise to double the cities’ cut of the provincial gas tax.



Peel Catholic board suffers $8 million cut in expected education funding

Peel Catholic board suffers $8 million cut in expected education funding

It appears that the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board will be having its overall funding allocation reduced by the province for the coming school year.

The Peel District School Board, with its growing student population, will be seeing a slight increase in overall grants but is not immune from cuts, either.

Meanwhile, the first salvo in what might be the most contentious round of bargaining in decades, has been issued by the union that represents high school teachers.



Peel Region leaders struggling with impacts of provincial healthcare changes

Peel Region leaders struggling with impacts of provincial healthcare changes

Announced changes to healthcare and social services have cast a cloud of uncertainty over Peel Region’s public health and human services programs. At last Thursday’s regional council meeting, CFO Stephen VanOfwegan delivered his interpretation of the provincial budget and its local financial implications.

According to VanOfwegan, Peel could lose as much as $20 million for its social safety net, public health unit and affordable housing. One small gain might come through provincial funding for dental care for low-income seniors.



Peel gets federal boost to fight homelessness but is still deciding how to use it

Peel gets federal boost to fight homelessness but is still deciding how to use it

An extra $378,000 from Ottawa, on top of $1.4 million already committed for housing support in Peel, is sorely needed in a region with a serious shortage of shelter beds and an ambitious but underfunded plan to build more affordable, rental and higher-density housing.

Peel will receive $10.5 million in homelessness funding from the federal government’s Reaching Home plan over the next five years.



A confessional: Jagmeet Singh’s new memoir forgets the author’s central story, why he wants to be Prime Minister

A confessional: Jagmeet Singh’s new memoir forgets the author’s central story, why he wants to be Prime Minister

Love & Courage: My Story of Family, Resilience, and Overcoming the Unexpected is Jagmeet Singh’s new book. While it reveals some deeply personal and dark secrets, it leaves readers wondering why he wants to be our leader and how his life’s experience might make him the right person for the job.



Tensions over Mexit resurface while Deloitte sits in hot seat at regional council

Tensions over Mexit resurface while Deloitte sits in hot seat at regional council

Thursday’s Peel Region council meeting continued the debate over a controversial report commissioned by Peel chair Nando Iannicca that suggested keeping the region together would be much cheaper than splitting up.

Mississauga councillors questioned the credibility of the report after it became clear the auditors had not been given access to the cities’ own figures, suggesting that consultant Deloitte was working with incomplete numbers.



PCs announce $1.6 billion fund to prevent teacher layoffs

PCs announce $1.6 billion fund to prevent teacher layoffs

A $1.6-billion “attrition allocation” may temporarily ease the transition to much higher class sizes in high schools and the loss of thousands of teaching positions.

The extra money, announced by Education Minister Lisa Thompson on Friday, could save the Peel school boards from laying off some teachers this year if there aren’t enough retirements.

But it won’t ease the pain of losing electives for Peel students, some of whom have already been told some courses they picked for next year are no longer being offered.



Peel police, victim, appeal to community for help in solving tragic hit-and-run

Peel police, victim, appeal to community for help in solving tragic hit-and-run

21-year-old Navindra Sookramsingh’s heartbreaking plea to find the driver who struck him in the wee hours of St. Patrick’s Day marks an unusual outreach for Peel police for community help.

The Brampton man had been walking home and was in the southbound lane of West Drive when struck by a cream-colored Toyota Corolla.

Sookramsingh, who suffered numerous internal injuries and is unable to walk or move his hands, begged the driver to come forward to show “mercy” and accept responsibility for the accident.



Cuts to Hope 24/7 come as sexual assault crimes continue to rise in Peel Region

Cuts to Hope 24/7 come as sexual assault crimes continue to rise in Peel Region

The region’s only provincially designated Sexual Assault Centre is the second-lowest funded centre in the province, despite its success in helping more than 22,000 victims of sexual assault and related crimes, such as human trafficking, recover.

A 21 percent cut in provincial funding last July, only partially restored this month, has made Hope 24/7’s work all the more difficult in the #MeToo era, where more victims are feeling empowered to come forward. Mayors Patrick Brown and Bonnie Crombie are appealing to the province to restore full funding.



Peel bracing for PC government cuts to social assistance programs

Peel bracing for PC government cuts to social assistance programs

An internal email obtained by The Pointer shows that Peel Region staff are warning council members of funding cuts to Human Services, the department responsible for administering the provincial social safety net, which is overseen by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services.

This comes on the heels of an announcement by the Ford government that it will cut $1 billion in provincial funding over three years from social services and potentially download more of these costs to municipalities.



NDP’s new Black Caucus hopes to tackle equity issues across the political spectrum, Brampton MPP says

NDP’s new Black Caucus hopes to tackle equity issues across the political spectrum, Brampton MPP says

Brampton North MPP Kevin Yarde is part of the first organization of its kind at Queen’s Park.

The five-member group hopes to shed light on issues that particularly affect Black residents and other communities that have been negatively impacted by outdated, narrow-minded policies in Ontario, especially in areas such as policing and education.

The benefits of their perspectives, Yarde says, extend to all residents in the province.



Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi

Today is Earth Day, an odd concept to many. Is there any day or minute or second that isn’t entirely hinged on the existence of our planet? The clock is ticking on how we will respond to the ever-increasing challenges facing a 4.5-billion-year-old creation that has been ravaged by the excesses of man.

It’s been 49 years since the first Earth Day and 49 years since Joni Mitchell’s song was released.

Unless we make clear choices and insist on leaders who face up to the challenges now at our doorstep, our legacy will be mud with future generations. It’s past time we re-created a “clean and green” model – for government, business and day-to-day life – moving forward.



Every day is Earth Day for Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner

Every day is Earth Day for Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner

The forces behind a new clean and green economic model for living are all around us. This movement may be unstoppable, as reminders of climate change – devastating storms, rising temperatures and sea levels, the extinction of species – grip our consciousness. We are now at a planetary crossroad. For those concerned about the earth’s future, there is hope. The movement is gaining momentum. And the profit motive for a green economy is quickly gaining traction around the world. 



Cutting emergency ambulance centres could lead to U.S.-style ‘Wild West’ privatization, paramedics union warns

Cutting emergency ambulance centres could lead to U.S.-style ‘Wild West’ privatization, paramedics union warns

A report by Grosso McCarthy Inc. and Bob DeShane & Associates for the province appears to be providing a blueprint for how the governing PCs will transition to a privatized, for-profit model of delivering ambulance services.

Ontario’s 53 ambulance service centres will be consolidated to 10, a move that aligns with the report’s recommendations. The paramedics union is warning of dire consequences of a “Wild West” American-style paramedic service. Premier Doug Ford has stated EMS service will not be impacted and no paramedics will lose their jobs.