Crowd-sourced list of Doug Ford's cuts & changes to policies and programs
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A grassroots, crowdsourced initiative to inventory the cuts and changes made by the new Ontario government - for use by the resistance that will grow against them.
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Use the form at this ^ link for new items.
Also see tracking of Doug Ford's campaign promises: https://ford.polimeter.org/
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6/24/2018 13:55:49Cut Green Ontario Fund6/19/2018
The incoming government, even before taking power, has announced that they will end the Green Ontario Fund, which aids home owners, tenants, and business owners become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/19/doug-ford-warns-gasoline-companies-to-pass-along-his-10-cent-a-litre-tax-cut.html
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ajdp1imlzxs4nh/greenon-ca%20webcap%20june24.png
Implemented
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6/26/2018 12:54:50
Indigenous affairs ministry possibly merged
6/25/2018
Officials are expecting that the incoming Conservative government will end the status of Indigenous Relations as a separate department with its own cabinet member and merge it with another (yet to be determined) department.
http://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/reevely-indigenous-affairs-ministry-a-likely-target-as-tories-streamline-cabinet/wcm/40869623-13da-4c24-90b7-7c294595462c
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6/26/2018 23:53:04cut Sex Ed curriculum6/20/2018
Doug Ford promised to repeal Ontario’s comprehensive Health and Physical Education, aka Sex-Ed, curriculum - and he could do it when he becomes Premier on June 29.
https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/doug-ford-keep-ontario-s-sex-ed-curriculum/
Proposed
https://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/doug-ford-keep-ontario-s-sex-ed-curriculum/
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6/27/2018 12:23:50Restoring funding to TAVIS6/25/2018
They are proposing to restore funding to TAVIS and other policing units that are supposedly meant as anti-violence measures but that have a clearly documented history of targeting Black and other racialized communities.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-amid-recent-gun-violence-incoming-ontario-tories-propose-restoring/
Proposed
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6/29/2018 11:38:58Hate Speech on campuses6/29/2018Require Ontarian universities to “uphold free speech on campuses and in classrooms.”
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/06/29/news/progressive-conservative-premier-doug-ford-introduces-21-member-cabinet-queens-park
https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/3k48w8/doug-ford-wants-to-tie-funds-for-universities-to-free-speech
Unsure
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6/30/2018 22:23:21Pharmacare cuts6/30/2018
Provincial coverage of 4400 drugs for all youth 24 and under changed to cover only those with no private health benefits.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/pcs-announce-changes-to-ohip-1.4729873
Implemented
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7/3/2018 9:22:41redevelop Ontario Place shelved7/2/2018
"With the election of the Progressive Conservatives, the project remains on hold, according to officials."
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-plans-to-redevelop-ontario-place-in-toronto-shelved-during-transition/
Implemented
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7/4/2018 9:39:28Law restricting ticket scalping paused7/4/2018
Part of a new law that would have capped the amount that ticket scalpers could get for re-sold event tickets has been paused by the incoming Ford government.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/anti-scalping-tickets-law-ontario-1.4732867
Implemented
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7/4/2018 10:07:54New police oversight law put on hold7/3/2018
New measures brought in by the former Liberal government strengthening oversight of police in Ontario have been put on hold by the incoming Ford government, amidst rhetoric of strengthening police power to act unrestricted.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/03/premier-doug-ford-puts-new-police-oversight-laws-on-hold.html
Implemented
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7/4/2018 13:31:31
Freeze non-union management and executive salaries
6/30/2018
Wages and compensation packages of Managers and Executive positions in government will be frozen until appropriate compensation for these positions can be determined.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-doug-ford-kicks-off-premiership-with-a-pay-freeze-on-public-service/
Proposed
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7/7/2018 0:33:21
Former PC party leader gets $384K advisory job
7/6/2018
The Ford cabinet named Dr. Rueben Devlin, a former president of the Ontario PC Party and the longtime CEO of Humber River Hospital, to chair a new body called the Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/premier-doug-ford-rueben-devlin-health-care-adviser-1.4736696
https://www.ontario.ca/orders-in-council/oc-9922018
Implemented
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7/7/2018 19:31:32New immunization rule put on hold7/7/2018
A new rule that would have required doctors and nurses to report all immunizations they give to children has been put on hold by the new government of Premier Doug Ford; after requests from doctor lobby group. Part of ongoing delays in attempts to create a province-wide computerized system for tracking children's vaccination records.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-vaccines-immunizations-reporting-doctors-nurses-1.4737196
Implemented
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7/9/2018 10:30:15
Ending co-operation with federal gov on resettlement of asylum-seekers
7/5/2018
Ford government has withdrawn Ontario’s co-operation with Ottawa over asylum-seekers. The program was meant to alleviate a crisis sparked by President Donald Trump’s policies on migrants. Over the past year, thousands of asylum seekers have entered Canada from the United States.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/05/ford-government-is-ending-cooperation-with-ottawa-on-resettlement-of-asylum-seekers.html
https://globalnews.ca/news/4314579/ontario-federal-asylum-seeker-housing/
Proposed
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7/9/2018 10:48:26
Pausing of changes to Smoke Free Ontario Act July 1, 2018
7/4/2018
New regulations to legislate vaping in public places was to come into effect on July 1st and has now been "paused" to allow the new government to 'review" and "consult with the public". It should be noted that these changes have had extensive consultation and has been in the works for many months (if not 1-2 years)
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/04/doug-ford-halts-introduction-of-additional-anti-vaping-rules-for-more-study.html
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7/9/2018 12:58:10Cycling Infrastructure funding cut9/7/2018
As a result of cap and trade funding cut, cycling infrastructure of $900,000 per year is now gone.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ontario-municipal-cycling-fund-cancelled-1.4736506
Implemented
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7/9/2018 18:16:12
Ontario PC government cancels $100M school repair fund
7/29/2018
Ontario’s new Tory government has cancelled a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs this year. School boards were notified on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered.
https://globalnews.ca/news/4321353/ontario-pc-government-cancels-school-repair-fund/?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_source=GlobalToronto
https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada/ontario-pc-government-cancels-100-million-school-repair-fund-1.4006307
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7/10/2018 11:47:39
Cutting of development of Truth and Reconciliation curriculum for Ontario schools- and funding to school repairs
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-government-abruptly-cancels-series-of-education-related-summer/
https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ontario-pc-government-cancels-100-million-school-repair-fund-1.4006307
Implemented#TeachersForTRC
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7/10/2018 12:26:29
Prohibition of greenhouse gas cap and trade system
7/3/2018
O. Reg. 386/18: PROHIBITION AGAINST THE PURCHASE, SALE AND OTHER DEALINGS WITH EMISSION ALLOWANCES AND CREDITS
filed July 3, 2018 under Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 7
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18386?search=386%2F18
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7/10/2018 12:31:09
Prohibition of greenhouse gas cap and trade system
7/3/2018
O. Reg. 386/18: PROHIBITION AGAINST THE PURCHASE, SALE AND OTHER DEALINGS WITH EMISSION ALLOWANCES AND CREDITS
filed July 3, 2018 under Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016, S.O. 2016, c. 7
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18386?search=386%2F18
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7/10/2018 12:32:02Revoked Cap and Trade System7/3/2018O. Reg. 144/16: THE CAP AND TRADE PROGRAM (revoked)
https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/160144?search=386%2F18
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7/11/2018 10:32:03Cancellation of White Pines Wind Project7/10/2018
The White Pines Wind Project has been under development for 10 years and was intended to begin operation in the fall of 2018. Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith, who is the new Ontario Government House Leaders, announced the project cancellation as one of the top 3 priorities for the new PC government to be pursued in legislature as early as next week.
http://www.thewhig.com/2018/07/10/white-pines-project-likely-dead
https://globalnews.ca/news/4323147/ontario-pcs-cap-and-trade-york-strike-priorities/
Proposed
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7/11/2018 10:53:59
Suspended Portion of Proposed Anti-Scalping Law
7/4/2018
Ford's office confirmed that the PCs were suspending a portion of the anti-scalping law that would prohibit ticket resales of more than 50% price markups above face value. The anti-scalping law came into effect July 1, 2018.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/anti-scalping-tickets-law-ontario-1.4732867
https://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2018/07/04/ticket-resale-price-cap-delayed-by-new-premier-doug-ford.html
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7/11/2018 10:59:32Fired Ontario's Chief Scientist7/5/2018
Molly Shoichet, who was named the province's first chief scientist in November of 2017, was let go on July 3, 2018. Ford's spokesperson, Simon Jefferies, said that the PCs "will undergo a process of finding a suitable and qualified replacement."
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/doug-ford-fires-chief-scientist-1.4735085
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/04/doug-ford-fires-privatization-czar-chief-investment-officer-chief-scientist.html
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7/11/2018 13:18:31New health curriculum is gone7/11/2018
Beginning in September the updated Ontario Health curriculum from 2016 will no longer be taught but students will instead be led by the 1998 version.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/11/ontario-students-will-be-taught-the-old-sex-ed-curriculum-when-they-go-back-to-school-education-minister-says.html
Implemented
https://www.leadnow.ca/campaigns/
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7/15/2018 18:55:01
Cancelling 758 renewable energy projects
12/7/2018
Energy Minister Greg Rickford says cancellation will save ratepayers $790 million. The Canadian Solar Industries Association said the cancellations will lead to a loss of half a billion dollars in planned investment leaving Ontario and 6,000 jobs.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-renewable-energy-ontario-cancels-1.4359645
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7/18/2018 9:15:06PCs Introduce Urgent Priorities Act7/16/2018
The omnibus bus establishes government power over executive compensation at Hydro One, enacts back-to-work legislation for professors and staff at York University, and cancels the White Pines wind project. The bill also contains a clause the government says will make it immune from civil litigation over the cancellation of green energy projects.
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ford-government-moves-to-take-greater-control-of-hydro-one-exec-salaries-1.4015361
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/hydro-one-york-strike-pcs-1.4749390
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7/26/2018 15:42:04
Introduced the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018
7/25/2018
This repeals the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and provides for various matters related to the wind down of the Cap and Trade Program. The legislation contains provisions aimed at blocking companies from suing the government over the compensation issue.
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-introduces-legislation-to-kill-cap-and-trade-program/
https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-4
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7/29/2018 10:33:08Shrink Toronto City Council 7/27/2018
Cutting 22 City Councillor positions in Toronto and 2 Regional Chair positions (in Peel & York Region, respectively): 24 jobs in total. Cuts to political representation & access to local representatives of people in Toronto cut in half as a result.
https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/mobile/ford-confirms-cuts-to-council-calls-toronto-dysfunctional-political-arena-1.4030269
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2018/07/ontarios-government-for-the-people-announces-reforms-to-deliver-better-local-government.html
ProposedUnsure
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7/30/2018 3:48:34End strike at York U7/26/2018...Implemented
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8/1/2018 10:24:15Initial social assistance changes7/31/2018
Ending the basic income pilot, reducing the scheduled increase from 3% to 1.5%, and reversing a number of small but important changes that were making the system more liveable for recipients. They promised a more drastic overhaul (meaning more serious and punitive cuts) in 100 days.
http://incomesecurity.org/policy-advocacy/ontarios-cuts-to-social-assistance-will-hurt-the-most-vulnerable/
https://ipolitics.ca/2018/07/31/ford-government-slashes-income-assistance-hikes/
Unsure
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8/11/2018 17:07:14Stop any new Overdose Prevention Sites8/12/2018
Temporarily stop the opening of any OPS that had already been approved by province until government conducts review. This does not apply to Safer Consumption Sites, which are the permanent ones run by existing health centres.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/ontario-overdose-prevention-sites-approval-hold-1.4782132
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8/11/2018 17:08:34Buck a Beer
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8/11/2018 17:09:29Marijuana sales privatization
Originally was only going to be sold through government stores like beer is through the LCBO, but the plans are being changed
Unsure
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8/18/2018 11:15:16
Province delays funding for Indigenous education program
8/15/2018
Funding for the Biwaase’aa program - a service designed to address child poverty issues by increasing life skills of Indigenous youth - has been delayed by the Ministry of Education. More than 1600 Indigenous students are affected.
https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/province-delays-funding-to-indigenous-education-program-1015131
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8/24/2018 13:07:15Toronto at-risk youth program8/24/2018$500K cut from funding Orkidstra
https://t.co/BzM6ybpPe2
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8/24/2018 13:09:45Curriculum "snitch-line"8/22/2018
Website for parents to make complaints of any teachers/schools teaching things they have a problem with. Webform or link to Ontario College of Teachers existing complaint process (including 1-888 #)
https://torontoguardian.com/2018/08/doug-ford-snitch-line-not-exist/
http://fortheparents.ca
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9/11/2018 14:28:38$335 m cut from mental health funding 7/26/2018
Ford announced $335 m. cuts to mental health funding committed to by the Liberal government.
https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/26/tories-blasted-for-335m-cut-in-planned-spending-on-mental-health.html
Implemented
Join health care protest: http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/index.php/rally-12-p-m-tuesday-october-23-queens-park-toronto-outside-ontario-legislature-please-join-us-and-tell-doug-ford-that-we-need-to-rebuild-and-improve-our-public-health-care-no-cuts-and-pri/
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