Ontario to study implications of allowing e-petitions

TORONTO -- The Speaker of Ontario's legislature says the "day has come" for a decision on whether Ontarians should be able to electronically submit petitions to government.

See Full Article

The issue has been discussed at a government committee since at least 2012, and now, four years later, it has issued a report recommending e-petitions be adopted -- but not without further study.

The Liberal-dominated committee says e-petitions have the potential to increase citizen engagement.

It recommends the legislature's clerk launch a study to determine the best e-petition model, and look at what it would cost to either design a system or purchase existing software.

Speaker Dave Levac says it's now up to the legislature, and not him, whether to move forward on it, but he says it's an appropriate time to look at the issue.

The Progressive Conservatives aren't pleased with the report, saying its recommendations would lead to restrictions that don't exist now for paper petitions and an increased cost to taxpayers.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Publisher cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book 'Dangerous'

    World News CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos' publisher has cancelled his planned book, "Dangerous." Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint announced Monday that "after careful consideration" they had pulled the book, which had been high on Amazon.com's bestseller lists and was the subject of intense controversy. Source
  • 'We're all humans': U.S. border agent watches as asylum-seekers cross into Canada

    Canada News CBC News
    The agents who patrol the Canada-U.S. border in Quebec say it's been hard for them to watch as refugee families trudge through snow and freezing conditions to flee to Canada.Montreal becomes 'sanctuary city' for after unanimous voteRCMP help asylum-seeking family through snow after run-in with U.S. Source
  • Canadian troops in Iraq mount pressure on ISIS around Syrian border

    World News CBC News
    Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIS in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria. Rather than firing, now they're mainly scrutinizing. Source
  • Bring on the Swedes

    World News Toronto Sun
    Just when you thought the refugee debate could not get more explosive, a new question arises this week: Should we let in more Swedes? To hear Donald Trump tell it, those blond/blonde bombshells must be clamoring to flee their chilly, crime-riddled homeland. Source
  • Boy, 6, dies after falling through ice in Alberta

    Canada News CBC News
    A young boy is dead and his brother is in hospital after the pair fell through the ice into a canal in the Airdrie, Alta., community of Bayside. A neighbour in the community called 911 around 1:25 p.m. Source
  • Thousands turn out for anti-Trump protests across U.S.

    World News CBC News
    Thousands of demonstrators across the U.S. turned out to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed "Not My President's Day." The numbers weren't close to the million-plus who thronged the streets following Trump's inauguration a month earlier, but the message on Monday was similar. Source
  • Killing of ISIS warlord who beheaded prisoners called ‘revenge’

    World News Toronto Sun
    A bloodthirsty ISIS warlord who orchestrated beheadings of captured prisoners has been blasted off the face of the earth. Reports say terror titan Abu Zar was obliterated in a coalition air strike Sunday Zar was notorious for his bloodlust in dealing with civilians and his enemies. Source
  • Canadian troops in Iraq shift to pressure ISIS around Syrian border

    Canada News CTV News
    ERBIL, Iraq -- Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul -- including along the border with Syria. Rather than firing, now they're mainly scrutinizing. Source
  • Vancouver Aquarium bringing back belugas despite mysterious deaths

    Canada News CBC News
    The Vancouver Aquarium will bring back beluga whales to its facility, despite a pledge not to do so until it determined the reasons behind two mysterious beluga deaths last November. CEO and president John Nightingale said the aquarium will build the new Canada's Arctic exhibit as planned, with a focus on research and with belugas. Source
  • Thousands of demonstrators across U.S. say 'Not My President'

    World News CTV News
    Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents' Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. The numbers weren't close to the million-plus who thronged the streets following Trump's inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar. Source