Looser rules on alcohol a significant focus in first PC budget

Looser rules on alcohol a significant focus in first PC budget

Another causality of the Ontario budget, Legal Aid sent a letter to staff Thursday, saying the province has reduced their funding by 30 per cent, which is $133-million less in this fiscal year than anticipated.

The post-secondary sector will see funding cuts, with spending dropping one per cent on average for the next three years, largely due to changes to student financial assistance.

"This change will level the playing field for Ontario casinos and enable them to compete more effectively with those in the United States", the budget states. The government is also exploring the introduction of new options-such as pay-as-you-go insurance-and allowing drivers to provide electronic proof of insurance.

Bars, restaurants and golf courses in Ontario will be able to start serving alcohol at 9 a.m., seven days a week.

The budget, which projects an $11.7-billion deficit for 2018-19, also hinted at further reforms to auto insurance, new home warranties and ticket sale regulations. Another $510 million is expected annually through "operational efficiencies and cost savings" as well as streamlining programs such as childcare, affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs. That allowance is instead of cutting the corporate tax rate from 11.5 per cent to 10.5 per cent, as the Tories had promised in the election. Their polling suggests that people want key public services preserved far more than they want a "cut-the-deficit-above-all-else" approach.

The government plans on introducing legislation that would allow municipalities to designate parks for the consumption of alcohol.

It says insurance forms, policies and other documents will also be simplified so drivers can make informed decisions more easily.

The government is behind the continuance of the Wataynikaneyap Power and the East-West Tie transmission projects as well as following through its promise to deliver natural gas access to Northern communities and to spend $315 million on improving "shovel-ready" broadband and cell service across Ontario.

Rules governing combative sports in Ontario will also see an overhaul, with legislation on the way to modernize the way kickboxing, mixed martial arts and boxing matches are staged in the province.

Back on the opposition benches on budget day for the first time in 15 years, veteran Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle has more questions than answers about the Ford government's first financial blueprint.

Fire breaks out at Coachella music festival
Following reports, the Riverside County Fire Department arrived to the scene around 2 a.m. and contained the fire by 2:28 a.m. Fire services said that they responded to the fire at around 2am after revellers said they hear an explosion.

Uber IPO Might Be Greatest Public Providing In Years
In the end, Uber is broadly expected to be the largest tech IPO since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group went public in 2014. This season, the investment bankers managing the IPO of Uber are expected to reveal a pricing array for the stocks of Uber.

European Union agrees to delay Brexit until end of October after tense summit
One effect of the agreement is that it is now likely that there will have to be elections for the European Parliament in late May. The EU-27 finally agreed on 31 October - one day before the new EU commission is supposed to come into office on 1 November.

The budget also reveals a new Ontario trillium logo - virtually identical to a previous iteration - as well as a largely blue licence plate redesign and an accompanying new slogan, "A place to grow".

The government is also ending the Estate Administration Tax for taxable estates with assets of $50,000 or less on January 1, and reducing it by $250 for larger estates.

"Put the investment in our education as a priority in this years budget".

That's money, as Fedeli noted, which can't be spent on more health-care workers, fixing schools or reducing taxes.

"There certainly weren't a lot of the details I was looking for, particularly related to Northern Ontario", Gravelle said.

The review will also look at how to support rail freight and fix operations in the North. The budget also contains a previously announced 10 per cent tuition cut that takes effect this fall.

Premier Doug Ford's PCs will press the pause button on a scheduled increase to the wine tax enacted by the previous Liberal government.

Drastic and widespread cuts that many had feared did not materialize in this budget, but the path to balance shows that much of the heavy lifting comes at the halfway mark to the next election, and after it.

New Democrats are sounding the alarm about what they call deep and cruel cuts in the Ontario budget.

However, teachers' unions have said the changes would be devastating to the province's education system and result in the loss of thousands of front-line teaching positions.

Related News:

Most liked

Can you watch Game of Thrones Season 8 on Amazon Prime?
Episodes are usually available from 9/8c on HBO Now , so you can stream live while everyone else is watching on the channel. There's no need to remain off social media to avoid all the spoilers - unless you can't watch at exactly 9 p.m., of course.

Fortnite's Version 8.30.2 update available
All that's really changing here are some bug fixes for issues with matchmaking, as well as a respawn issue with the Reboot Van . Apex Legends has taken over the gaming industry ever since it launched and everyone is calling it as the " Fortnite Killer".

Man attacked and killed by giant cassowary bird after falling over
They're not usually found in the United States , but they are sought out by exotic animal lovers and do require a permit to own . The bird's owner, Marvin Hajos - who is 75, according to CNN affiliate WCJB - made the initial call to 911 Friday about 10 a.m.

CDC suspects ground beef source of 6-state E. coli outbreak
While the CDC has identified ground beef as a culprit, the agency is not recommending people to avoid consumption of ground beef. Escherichia coli (abbreviated as E. coli ) are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals.

95-year-old American man killed by tornado in Mississippi
A possible tornado knocked out power and left damage in Troy, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Montgomery. No injuries have been reported, but officials said several businesses and vehicles were damaged.

Khloe Kardashian is anxious for True's birthday
News in March. "She wouldn't take that away from him but isn't sure how her family will react towards his presence in the room". Khloe always wants True to have her father in her life, so Tristan is invited to be around for the celebration.

Tommy Smith, former Liverpool defender and captain, dies aged 74
Tributes have come flooding in across Twitter, with many mourning the loss of a true Liverpool legend. He said: "Tommy Smith was fantastic servant to Liverpool Football Club.

Fighter Jet of Haftar’s Forces Reportedly Downed Near Tripoli
The 75-year-old Haftar's push for Tripoli took many by surprise and has brought calls from round the world for a ceasefire. Earlier this week, the United Nations said the fighting had displaced more than 8,000 people.

How to watch Game of Thrones (Season 8) Online
You can watch Game of Thrones last season in Australia via Foxtel Now at A$25 per month (roughly translates INR 1,230). It'll be shorter than the show's previous seasons, with six episodes compared to the usual ten.

Georgetown students vote overwhelmingly for slavery-reparation fee
Todd Olson, the school's vice president for student affairs, said the university "values the engagement of our students." . Creation of the reparations fund was approved in a student referendum and the results were announced late Thursday.

Sasha Banks reportedly tried to quit over WrestleMania weekend
Anyway, that's been largely confirmed by others but probably will be denied very quickly", Meltzer wrote . Sometimes it feels like the moments are gone.

Seattle Mayor Responds to President Trump: My City 'Isn't Afraid of Immigrants'
Neal said Saturday that the administration has no right "to question or second guess" his motivations. Neal gave the government until 5:00 pm on April 23 to hand over the tax records.

BTS to Release New Album at 6 p.m. Friday
In addition to releasing the new album and music video, they're performing during Saturday Night Live this weekend. BTS , have smashed Youtube's record for the most views amass in the first 24 hours of release.

Ahead of the Storm: 13abc to highlight the power of severe weather
Saturday night, temperatures will drop across the region to the high 40s to low 50s, a "dry/tranquil night", forecasters said. The heaviest rain should hold off until tomorrow late in the evening when another disturbance is expected to move in.

SpaceX Statement on NASA Award of DART Mission
DART will be targeting the binary near-Earth asteroid Didymos, which measures roughly 800 meters across. It will be managed by NASA's Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.