Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown is hoping to woo voters in Ontario’s next election with promises of billions of dollars in new spending. Brown unveiled the Tory campaign platform over the weekend. It promises a tax cut for the middle class, a child care tax credit, a further 12 per cent cut to hydro rates and 1.9 billion dollars in new mental health spending over the next decade. Brown says his plan is fully costed and will not see a Tory government run deficits beyond the first year if he’s elected.
Ontario is allowing several bottled water companies to continue taking up to 7.6 million litres of groundwater per day on expired permits. A two-year moratorium to take water for bottling came into effect on January 1st and water bottlers also now have to pay a higher fee– 504 dollars for every million litres of groundwater they take –up from the previous fee of about four dollars. But during the moratorium, the government is giving bottled water companies a long lead time to amend any renewal applications so they comply with new technical requirements.
The Toronto jury at the first-degree murder trial of two men accused of killing a young woman who vanished five years ago will find out today if they will stage a defence. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to charges they killed 23-year-old Laura Babcock in 2012. The self-represented Millard will decide first if he’s calling a defence, which could include taking the stand himself. The Crown concluded its case against the two last week, alleging they killed Babcock because she became a problem for Millard and his girlfriend.