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Under provincial rules, you can’t construct a wood-frame building more than six storeys tall — but new technologies and initiatives could change all that.
ANALYSIS: The Progressive Conservatives say their priority is to get new homes built, and the rules they’ve proposed reflect that aim. But John Michael McGrath asks what the real-world results will be.
OPINION: If the electorate won’t punish politicians for making unkeepable promises, writes John Michael McGrath, then who can blame the Tories for making one more?
ANALYSIS: The Google-backed plan to revitalize part of Toronto’s waterfront includes a new type of district-energy system that could provide a climate-friendly solution to heating and cooling, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: Thanks to a recent court decision, the government can add one more thing to its 2019 to-do list, writes John Michael McGrath — addressing animal-welfare enforcement in Ontario.
ANALYSIS: The Tories may prohibit companies from basing insurance rates on postal codes, writes Josh Dehaas. Here’s what that could mean for your monthly payments.
ANALYSIS: The court recently ruled that the company’s arbitration clause was “unconscionable” — and that could have far-reaching consequences for the gig economy, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Progressive Conservative government faced struggles in its first six months in power, writes John Michael McGrath. Thanks to the budget deficit, the coming year will be even harder.
ANALYSIS: The government’s recent Bill 66 isn’t a housing policy — but it signals how far the Progressive Conservatives are willing to go to relax regulations, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Tories’ environmental policies are worse than those of their predecessors — but Ontario shouldn’t have to atone for all Canada’s climate-change sins, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The FAO has released its first full report under Doug Ford’s government, and it presents a bleak vision of the province’s fiscal future, writes John Michael McGrath.
Vomitoxin is exactly what it sounds like — and it’s turning up in corn throughout southwestern Ontario.
ANALYSIS: During the election, the Tories promised to protect the Greenbelt. But a bill set for debate next year breaks that promise, writes John Michael McGrath — and puts 7,200 square kilometres of protected land at risk.
ANALYSIS: Looking to give the gift of Liberal mismanagement, infighting, and political machinations? Bonnie Lysyk’s annual audit has you covered, writes John Michael McGrath.
OPINION: The Select Committee on Financial Transparency has been grilling Liberals and civil servants for weeks. With just nine days left until its report is due, John Michael McGrath asks, what has it really achieved?
ANALYSIS: The Progressive Conservatives’ new climate plan makes the government’s priorities clear, and climate policy isn’t one of them, writes John Michael McGrath.