The Prime Minister's Office contacted Fox News to complain about its false tweet about the origin of the Quebec City mosque shooter. Fox had tweeted the shooter was Moroccan, back when the police had yet to announce Mohamed Belkhadir was an innocent witness, but left the tweet up to continue to fly around the Internet long after his name had been cleared.
Thank you @FoxNews for deleting the tweet. We appreciate it.
— Kate Purchase (@katepurchase) February 1, 2017
Fox has deleted and apologized, but not everyone is on board with the government taking the lead on fact-checking the media. At Queen's Park, the premier's office fact-checking has been confined to the statements of PC Leader Patrick Brown and CPC leadership contender Kevin O'Leary.
The Prime Minister’s Office is neither the repository nor the arbiter of truth. Indeed they are in frequent conflict with it themselves.
— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) February 1, 2017
Witnesses to the mosque shooting gave a play-by-play to The Globe. The Post has the shooter's fascination with guns and Marine Le Pen.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins is seeking to stop hospitals from being renamed after big donors, according to the Star. Hoskins is proposing changes that would see hospital renaming be cleared by him. He is said to be worried about "Molson Coors General Hospital," becoming a reality, while hospitals are worrying he'll scare away needed donors after years of budget restraint.
Speaking of restraint or lack thereof, the province is approving generous pay hikes at Ontario Power Generation, including $3.8 million a year for its chief executive, the Star and The Canadian Press report (QP Briefing stumbled across OPG's proposed pay hikes in December). It comes as part of the province's new framework for executive compensation, based on salary comparators at similar organizations.
Toronto's city manager says the province's toll road decision puts a large hole in his budget, because the city can't borrow off of the gas tax revenue as it had planned to do with tolling revenue, The Globe reports. Rural residents also aren't going to see the benefit of that gas tax increase, reports the Nugget.
And the Post has the story of a Hitler fangirl, conceived in Swastika, Ont.
In case you missed it, QP Briefing has a breakdown of the child protection bill that will be debated in the next sitting, plus rumblings from the Christian right over it. We've also got the skinny on PC MPP Raymond Cho's enthusiasm for provincial politics inspiring him to run again to rep Scarborough well into in his eighties, plus the NDP's call for a sanctuary province and the province's mental health support for jurors.
In the opinion pages:
- Paul Wells appreciates Stéphane Dion's poetry, but wonders about him having to be in two places at once
- David Reevely writes that the Ontario Medical Association is angry, but also incoherent
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East, Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering, and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, will make an announcement about improving public transit. They will be joined by Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and CEO. Region of Durham Headquarters, 605 Rossland Rd. E., Whitby.
10: 30 a.m.
Ontario PC Transportation Critic Michael Harris will hold a press conference to discuss executive compensation. Media studio, Queen's Park, Toronto.