Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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Premier Doug Ford says agriculture jobs will be on his mind when he travels to Washington tomorrow for an update from federal officials on NAFTA talks.

During an appearance at the International Plowing Match in southwestern Ontario, Ford said farming jobs can't be used as a bargaining chip in the trade talks with the U-S.

He says he's firm that a new North American Free Trade Agreement can't hurt farming or any other sector in Ontario.

He also says he stands with Ontario's federal counterparts as they work to reach a trade deal -- adding he's confident both sides will reach an agreement. (The Canadian Press)



The province says it won't use the notwithstanding clause if a court stays a ruling that legislation slashing Toronto city council is unconstitutional.

Government lawyers are asking the Court of Appeal to put the ruling on hold until after the October 22nd vote -- saying it's the only way to ensure the municipal election is fair.

A stay would allow cutting Toronto to 25 councillors from 47 without waiting for legislation that invokes the notwithstanding clause to override a court ruling.

Lawyers opposing the stay say the Doug Ford government is causing election chaos and should let the vote proceed for 47 councillors. (The Canadian Press)



Ontario's financial accountability officer says the province still has a strong investment-grade score among international credit rating agencies -- despite dire election campaign warnings about the deficit and debt load.

Peter Weltman says all four agencies he tracks rate Ontario in the middle of the pack among Canadian jurisdictions.

Weltman says credit ratings are just one component of the province's financial assessment -- although they provide a certain level of assurance to those who are looking to invest in the province. (The Canadian Press)



A migrant worker has filed a proposed class action lawsuit alleging Ontario's forensic sciences lab is illegally keeping D-N-A information from people excluded as criminal suspects. …

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