Canada's health ministers will flock to Toronto this week for their conference, where funding is the key issue to be debated. The provincial and territorial ministers will meet with their federal counterpart, Jane Philpott, on Tuesday, in what's bound to be a frank conversation. As noted by The Canadian Press, Premier Kathleen Wynne made the provinces' intentions more or less clear last week, telling reporters that "we recognize that there needs to be some base-funding increase." The age-old call for national pharmacare will resume as well. So this could get a bit bumpy, albeit most likely so behind closed doors, well away from the media's prying eyes. Which is no fun at all.
Is it writ-dropping time? The Liberals have nominated their candidate, Nathalie DesRosiers, for the upcoming byelection in Ottawa-Vanier. The Grits have also been fundraising like the byelection calls for the now-vacant Niagara West-Glanbrook and Ottawa-Vanier ridings could come any day now. Last, but not least, Premier Wynne is making a stop in Ottawa today. It's the perfect storm for a writ-drop.
Official on both sides of the Great Lakes are trying to crack down on illegal sturgeon poaching, the Toronto Star reports. Quoth the president of the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers: "By weight, the value of caviar (from a sturgeon) can equal or exceed the equivalent weight in cocaine.” And it's not like the profits offered by cocaine have ever driven people to wrongdoing, right?
Speaking of (law and order issues, not cocaine), a newly released poll suggests that many Ontarians are disillusioned with the province's justice system, the Star reports.
The province is also set to toughen up its requirements for water-taking permits, The Canadian Press says.
Federal New Democrat leadership candidates are getting closer to going public with their campaigns, reports the Hill Times, including (potentially) that of Ontario NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh. Suppose they held a leadership contest and nobody came...
Fiat Chrysler workers have ratified their new labour deal with the automaker. Next up: Ford, the last of the Detroit Three car companies without a new collective agreement with its Canadian workers.
There are some still keeping the faith when it comes to Northern Ontario's Ring of Fire mining region, CBC notes.
And hey, MPPs are back at Queen's Park today after a short constituency week break. Who's ready for a steady barrage of hydro rate questions? QP Briefing is, so come on back here for our question period liveblog, starting at 10:30 a.m.
In the opinion pages:
- Thomas Walkom digs into Canada's "euphemistic" search for a nuclear waste dump
Second Reading of Bill 37, An Act to amend the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 and the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996.
The Standing Committee on Justice Policy will meet for clause-by-clause consideration of Bill 13, An Act in respect of the cost of electricity. Room 1.
The Standing Committee on Social Policy will meet to consider Bill 28, An Act to amend the Children's Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and various other Acts respecting parentage and related registrations. Room No. 151.
Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will host the provincial and territorial health ministers' conference in Toronto. King Edward Hotel, 37 King St. E., Lower Floor, Windsor Ballroom B.
Premier Wynne to attend Women in the House: The Persons Day Panel and participate in a fireside chat. Sir John A. MacDonald Building, 144 Wellington St., Ottawa.