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Ford orders public sector hiring freeze

TORONTO — Ontario’s incoming premier has put the public service under a hiring freeze as part of a series of measures meant to limit spending as he re-examines the province’s books.

Ontario's Premier-designate Doug Ford with his family on stage after addressing his supporters at the Toronto Congress Centre on Thursday June 7, 2018. (Jack Boland/Postmedia Network)

Ford's PCs roll over NDP to win election

Early results showed PC Leader Doug Ford was on track to become the 26th premier of Ontario but Andrea Horwath’s NDP was a strong second, and Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals were having a very bad night.

Doug Ford. (File Photo)

Here's what the PCs promised

A promise to put more money in your pocket: Scrap the cap-and-trade program, reduce gas taxes by 10 cents per litre, allow the sale of a buck a beer and provide tax relief.

Ontario Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne, left, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath take part in the the third and final televised debate of the provincial election campaign in Toronto on Sunday. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Election: Where the parties stand on daycare

TORONTO -- Childcare is one of the major issues in Ontario's election, with all three main parties proposing vastly different visions of how best to help families at a time when daycare can cost parents as much as $20,000 a year. Here is a look at each of the plans.

Looking at Apple Watch distracted driving: judge

A driver looking at an Apple Watch while stopped at a traffic light is still guilty of breaking Ontario’s distracted driving law, despite the trendy device’s new technology and her claim she was only checking the time.

Doug Ford (File Photo)

PCs promises tax cuts, spending increases

TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives promise to cut taxes by almost $6 billion a year and boost spending by $2 billion in what they call their final election platform, but make no mention of another key campaign pledge: a four-per-cent spending reduction across the debt-laden government.

Deputy grand chief Glen Hare of the Anishinabek Nation speaks as representatives for First Nations and environmental groups hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, April 23, 2018., asking International Atomic Energy Agency to investigate radioactive waste management in Canada. SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Nuclear waste plans mishandled, feds warned

OTTAWA — First Nations leaders say they have not been properly consulted about the prospect of a nuclear waste disposal site being established northwest of Ottawa near a prominent nuclear research centre.

Ontario Conservative leader Doug Ford takes questions from journalists during a pre-budget lock-up as the Ontario Provincial Government prepares to deliver its 2018 Budget at the Queens Park Legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Ford will not bring journalists with him on the campaign trail this spring, a rare move experts say suggests the Tories are keen to keep the unpredictable populist politician out of the hot seat as he takes on two more seasoned rivals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ford scrapping media bus for campaign

TORONTO — Ontario’s newly minted Progressive Conservative leader will not bring journalists with him on the campaign trail this spring, a rare move experts and critics say suggests the Tories are keen to keep the unpredictable populist politician out of the hot seat as he takes on two more seasoned rivals.

School arts funding unequal across Ontario: Report

TORONTO — Students across Ontario have unequal access to arts programming because of inconsistent funding, a lack of space in schools and fewer qualified arts teachers, a report from an education advocacy group said Tuesday.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa attend the Throne Speech at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Monday, March 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario pre-election budget promises new spending

TORONTO — As it braces to fight for re-election this spring, Ontario’s Liberal government has rolled out a spending package that targets nearly every demographic while plunging the province back into deficit, with the books expected to stay in the red for six years.