Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-Campaign-Ads)

The Liberals say their first campaign ad for the spring election will unmask what they call the "real Doug Ford."

Senior campaign officials say they want to focus on how a Ford government would affect Ontario residents rather than simply focusing on the Progressive Conservative leader's personality.

The ad says Ford would lower corporate taxes while rolling back the minimum wage and cutting 40-thousand public sector jobs.

It's to begin airing Monday online and on television and radio. (The Canadian Press)

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(Hydro-One-Orillia)

Premier Kathleen Wynne says consumers are the winners after the province's energy regulator rejected Hydro One's application to purchase the Orillia Power Distribution Corp.

Hydro One had announced a deal to acquire the utility company for 41.3 million dollars in 2016, which would have included the assumption of about 14.9 million dollars of the utility's debt.

But the Ontario Energy Board says it assessed the deal and determined the proposal would not save ratepayers money.

Wynne says the board's decision shows that Ontario ratepayers are protected and the system is working. (The Canadian Press)

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(York-University-Strike)

Advanced Education Minister Mitzie Hunter is urging all parties in the York University strike to work with a new commissioner appointed by the province in order to resolve the dispute.

The Ontario government has launched an industrial inquiry commission to look into the contract faculty strike at the Toronto university, which has left tens of thousands of students out of class for more than a month.

The university this week called for binding arbitration, but the union refused, saying it wanted to negotiate a deal and move to arbitration only as a last resort.

More than three-thousand graduate teaching assistants, contract faculty and graduate research assistants walked off the job March 5th in a dispute over wages and job security. …

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