Thursday, April 15

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GUEST COLUMN: Ford’s promises made are promises kept

GUEST COLUMN: Ford’s promises made are promises kept

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BY MELISSA LANTSMAN, GUEST COLUMNISTEvery government wants to say it. There are few who ever do.But Doug Ford and the Ontario PC government are well on their way to claiming it: “Promise made. Promise kept.”It’s been just one month since Ford swept onto the scene at Queen’s Park against the odds and more importantly, against the PC Party establishment to claim the highest office in the province.The honeymoon might be over with his detractors, who gave him a hot minute to prove he was worthy of that office, but with voters – the honeymoon has just begun. Whatever Doug Ford is doing, he is getting good at it, and fast.His ambition to change the face of Ontario and his tenacity to drive his agenda forward is being noticed. It’s being noticed by the city, other provinces and the fede
TORY: More cops just part of solution to gun and gang violence

TORY: More cops just part of solution to gun and gang violence

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The safety of our city depends on all of us being tough on crime and relentless in addressing the causes of crime.At City Council this week, we will have the chance to do both.In the wake of the horrific gun and gang violence we have seen this year, we have developed a plan which will invest millions in our police and provide technology to help them deal with the violence and catch those perpetrating it.That’s on top of the 200 additional police officers we are hiring this year, the hiring of more officers in 2019, and the steps Chief Mark Saunders has taken immediately to increase staffing levels during the overnight hours for the next eight weeks.I support our Toronto Police officers – they are the best in the world and they do a great job keeping our city safe.Beyond these inv
PARKIN: All this “illegal” border talk is just dog-whistle politics

PARKIN: All this “illegal” border talk is just dog-whistle politics

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From the start, NDP Immigration Critic Jenny Kwan has been calling out Conservative dog-whistle politics that falsely label refugees as law-breaking “illegals.”Good for her. Unfortunately, it’s been a lonely task.Canadian law is very clear: someone crossing our border at any place to claim asylum, whether the trip is made “directly or indirectly” from the country of persecution, “may not be charged with an offence.”If the law says you can’t be charged, it’s not illegal. That’s not just the plain meaning. It’s the opinion of legal experts across Canada.Yet Kwan has repeatedly had to remind Liberals and Conservatives of the facts about Canada’s laws.Conservative Immigration Critic Michelle Rempel has pumped out dog-whistle “illegal” rhetoric that perks up the ears of her far-right