2018-07-05 20:26:49 UTC
- The legislation that Kathleen Wynne's Liberals brought in to stop scalpers from profiting from resale of concert tickets has been canceled by Doug Ford.
One of two reasons for this: he doesn't have a clue how to enforce the legislation - or someone who contributed to his campaign is in the scalping business and is now calling in the debt.
CBC - Jul 04, 2018
New Ontario government puts brakes on anti-scalping law
No end in sight for sky-high markups, analysis of summer concerts shows
Ontario has quietly shelved a key part of a controversial anti-scalping law that would have capped prices ticket scalpers can charge to fans of live music and sports, a joint CBC News/Toronto Star investigation has learned.
Premier Doug Ford's office confirmed late Tuesday his government is suspending a portion of the law, introduced by the Liberals, that would have outlawed resale of tickets at markups of more than 50 per cent above face value, which was set to take effect July 1.
And then there's this:
Doug Ford is officially ending Ontario's cap-and-trade plan, but what's next?
The PC Party won a majority government after campaigning on axing cap-and-trade, which forced large companies to buy allowances for their carbon emissions. Ford says in a new release that eliminating it will be the first step in lowering gas prices by 10 cents a litre and curbing other household costs.
It remains unclear how much exiting the cap-and-trade program will cost Ontario, which is part of a larger program with Quebec and California, and what will happen with the nearly $3 billion in credits that companies have already purchased.
Ford's statement says the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue. <<=== [that would be ONTARIANs' taxes]
OTTAWA — The federal government is interpreting Ontario's cancellation of its cap-and-trade program as equivalent to withdrawing from Ottawa's national climate change framework — and is reconsidering more than $400 million in funding as a result.
A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the $420 million earmarked for Ontario under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund is under review, since funding is contingent on agreeing to the framework, which includes imposing a carbon price.
Ottawa had already approved funding for seven Ontario programs under the fund, but all of that money is now on hold. One particular program cancelled by Ford, the Green Ontario Fund, means the province has, forfeited $100 million in federal money.
Two times into the pockets of Ontarians in less than a few days. Wow, the voters really picked a winner, didn't they?