Your morning briefing

Your morning briefing


The Ministry of Children and Youth Services forked out $53,948 to outfit staffers at youth correctional facilities with swanky Canada Goose parkas, the Toronto Sun reports. After seeing the expense on last year's public accounts, PC MPP Sylvia Jones "heard a rumour" the coats were purchased for staff, which was later confirmed by the Sun. A Ministry spokesperson explained the expensive brand was picked after no other bids came in, but Jones says it speaks to an "out-of-touch" government.

The Tories' prodigal son returns. Veteran Tory campaigner Andrew Boddington, most recently of the now-dead Kevin O'Leary campaign for federal leader, has been recruited to run PC Leader Patrick Brown's 2018 election bid, the Toronto Star reports.

Speaking of federal leadership prospects, dead or alive, Ontario NDP deputy leader Jagmeet Singh would do well to heed O'Leary's mistakes in Quebec, Supriya Dwivedi opines.

School's out for 121 in Ontario, according to a new report. The Star reports a People for Education document shows school boards have recommended closing 121 schools over the next three years, with a "disproportionate impact" in rural communities.

Ontario Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane is considering legal action in the wake of yesterday's segregation review from independent adviser Howard Sapers, CBC reports. Mandhane says the latest report is another indication the settlement between the province and commission over the 2013 Christina Jahn case isn't being followed. The settlement included a provision that said people with mental health concerns would not be placed in solitary confinement unless there is evidence that all other alternatives have been considered.

NDP MPP Catherine Fife isn't happy about what she calls the government's "nonchalant" response to an security breach that sent thousands of people's OHIP information to strangers, the Waterloo Record reports.

Correctional officers in Thunder Bay lay out a vision board for the new jail, announced as part of a Sapers' review yesterday, CBC reports.

The Ottawa Citizen gets the skinny on the new jail coming to town.

Yesterday was Star Wars Day and the force was strong with the Premier and NDP Leader. QPB finds the PC Leader's lack of faith disturbing.

Toronto's papa's got a brand new badge.

It's wet out there, so don your Canada Goose rain gear if you've got it.

ICYMI here are QPB's stories from yesterday:

In the opinion pages:


9:20 a.m.

Premier Kathleen Wynne to make an announcement alongside Minister Deb Matthews. University of Western Ontario, 1151 Richmond St., London.

9:30 a.m.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, joined by MPP Han Dong (Trinity - Spadina) will make an announcement. Sick Kids Hospital. 555 University Ave., Toronto.

10:30 a.m.

Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid to respond to April job numbers. Media studio.

12:20 p.m.

Premier Wynne to participate in a fireside chat at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM. Holiday Inn Sarnia, 1498 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward.

1:20 p.m.

Premier Wynne to meet with Lambton County and surrounding area mayors and wardens. 1492 Venetian Blvd.

2:30 p.m.

Premier Wynne to visit INTEGRA Technologies and participate in an announcement. 1355 Confederation St., Sarnia.

3:45 p.m.

Premier Wynne to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Chemical Industry Association of Canada. Lambton College, 1457 London Rd., Sarnia.

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Twitter: @sabrinananji

Sabrina Nanji

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