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2017 Federal Budget Overview
Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced Budget 2017 titled “Building a Strong Middle Class”, the Trudeau Government’s second, in the House of Commons this afternoon.
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Ontario Releases Electricity Cost Mitigation Measures
Earlier today, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault announced a comprehensive series of measures, entitled Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan, aimed at reducing electricity bills for Ontario ratepayers.
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Explaining the rapid increase in energy prices: Opinion
The question today is — with electricity prices as high as they are — what are the options for the Ontario electricity sector?
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Robyn Gray to Lead Environment and Climate Change Group
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Robyn Gray becomes Vice President.
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Parliamentary Secretary Shuffle
Prime Minister Trudeau announced a shakeup of the Parliamentary Secretaries this afternoon that saw the promotion of 9 new faces and moved others to new portfolios.
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Prime Minister Trudeau shuffles his Cabinet
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his Cabinet a revamp this afternoon in a shuffle that saw 3 Ministers removed altogether, 3 shuffled to new roles and 3 promoted from the backbench. All this is following a turbulent end to 2016 that saw Trudeau’s Government dogged by ethics questions around cash-for-access fundraising and missteps on the Electoral Reform file.
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Ontario Proclaims the Waste-Free Ontario Act: What’s Next
On November 30, 2016, the Government of Ontario proclaimed the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 (RRCEA) and the Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016 (WDTA), enacted by the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 (WFOA).
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Ontario Pharmacists Receive New Regulatory Approval
Sussex congratulates our longstanding client, the Ontario Pharmacists Association, on receiving regulatory approval to administer 13 new vaccines, including travel vaccines, from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
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Alberta introduces electricity market reforms to cap electricity rates and establish a capacity market
Alberta’s government has introduced new reforms that are meant to overhaul the province’s electricity market to encourage investment into new generation capacity while protecting consumers from price volatility as the market evolves as a result of the NDP’s Climate Leadership Plan.
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Canada announces "greening government" strategy
Yesterday in Calgary, during her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s annual Conference, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada announced that the Canadian Government will reduce emissions from government operations by 40 percent by 2030.
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2016 Ontario Government Fall Economic Statement
This afternoon Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Wynne government’s Fall Economic Statement (FES). Its formal name is “Building Ontario Up for Everyone: the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review”. With the Liberals trailing badly in public opinion polling, and with two by-elections looming in just three days, the content and delivery of this year’s Statement was expected to take on additional strategic importance.
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Alberta – Government of Alberta announces next steps on ambitious renewable energy agenda
On Thursday November 3rd, as part of her keynote address to the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) annual conference in Calgary, the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Parks, announced the provincial government’s next steps with respect to implementation of its ambitious renewable energy targets.
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Federal Fall Economic Statement 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered his Fall Economic Statement today entitled ‘’A Plan for Middle Class Progress’’. As expected, there is no projection to balance the budget. The deficit is expected to be $25.1 billion in 2016-2017.
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Ontario and Québec announce new electricity trade agreement
Earlier this afternoon following a joint Cabinet meeting of Ontario and Québec, Premiers Wynne and Couillard announced a new Agreement to trade electricity, energy capacity and energy storage between the two provinces. The stated purpose of the Agreement is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making electricity more affordable and reliable for Ontarians.
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Government of Canada - Proposed Pan-Canadian Benchmark for Carbon Pricing
Earlier today, the Government of Canada announced its proposed pan-Canadian benchmark for carbon pricing, which would serve as a major component of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
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Ontario’s “Green Bank” Commitment
As many of our manufacturing and corporate clients have engaged us to help them seek out and secure financing from government funding programs, I thought this would be a good time for a discussion about the proposed new Ontario Green Bank – a potential new funding source for eligible entities and their projects.
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Update: Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review.
Special Advisors have been tasked by the Ministry of Labour to review and make recommendations on what changes, if any, should be made to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 in light of the changing nature of the workforce, the workplace, and the economy.
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Overview of the Ontario Planning Outlook
Today, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) released the Ontario Planning Outlook (OPO), a requirement of the power system planning process reflected in Bill 135, the Energy Statute Law Amendment Act (2015), and a precursor to the Government of Ontario’s review of its Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). The objective of the OPO is to provide planning context for policy makers and industry stakeholders, and to serve as a starting point for consultation on the substance of the LTEP.
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Ontario Cap and Trade Program
This week, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
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The Case of Delta Airlines: “Cancel Cancellations Promise”
Two major outages at Southwest Airlines and Delta have raised questions about the IT systems of an airline industry already facing issues with crumbling infrastructure and growing air traffic.
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Agreement in Principle to a CPP enhancement
On June 20th, Canada’s Finance Ministers agreed in principle to work on a CPP enhancement starting January 1, 2019. Carly Martin breaks down the agreement.
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Ontario's Cabinet Shuffle Update
Premier Kathleen Wynne announces new cabinet in lead up to the 2018 provincial election. Here are our takeaways.
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Lobby Monitor: Sussex Acquires Digital Advocacy Firm Adrenaline
Government relations and strategic communications firm Sussex Strategy Group has acquired digital engagement company Adrenaline Digital, in a move meant to bolster the strategic outfit’s digital advocacy offerings.
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Sussex Strategy Group Acquires Leading Digital Engagement Agency
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, announced today its acquisition of Adrenaline Digital (“Adrenaline”), a leading digital advocacy company in Toronto.
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Sussex Strategy Group Announces New Senior Associate in its Environment and Energy Practice
Sussex Strategy Group, one of Canada’s premier government relations and strategic communications firms, is pleased to announce that Mark Olsheski has joined our Energy and Environment Practice as a Senior Associate
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Alberta introduces Climate Leadership Implementation Act
Yesterday the Alberta government introduced Bill 20 – the Climate Leadership Implementation Act - for first reading as a next step in the implementation of the province’s ambitious climate change plan.
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Sussex produces video for MEDEC
When MEDEC, the national association that represents Canada’s medical technology industry, decided to produce a video that demonstrates the benefits of health technologies to patients, the healthcare system, and the economy, they called upon the expertise at Sussex to make the idea a reality.
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Sussex wins big at the ACE Awards
Sussex is proud to announce that we are the recipients of two ACE Awards for our work on-behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada during the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
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Ontario Government Funding for your Innovative, Green Business
Business support programs have been something of a constant for the Ontario Liberal administration since they first won office in 2003. Back then, there was the $500M Ontario Automotive Investment Strategy (OAIS), and its sister program, the interest-free loan based Advanced Manufacturing Fund (AMF).
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Federal Budget 2016
Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivered the first Trudeau Government budget entitled Growing the Middle Class. As expected, it contained a deficit of $29.4 billion. It also became clear there will be no balanced budget for the next five years. The government came to power on a promise of economic help for the middle class, set against sluggish economic growth, and turmoil sparked by the sharp drop in the price of commodities. The National Debt is expected to grow by $113 billion by 2020-21, but debt-to-GDP ratio will stay mostly flat at around 32 per cent. The government is projecting growth at 0.4% annually, which is much lower than economists predict, giving the Liberals some wiggle room that the economy will grow in order to accommodate the spending growth already committed.
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Sussex Strategy Group to Support the Humanitarian Coalition
Sussex Strategy Group is proud to announce that we have been chosen by the Humanitarian Coalition to provide our communications and advocacy expertise to one of the most important global causes of the millennium.
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Quebec Budget Summary 2016
Quebec Finance Minister, Carlos Leitao, tabled the Quebec Liberal government’s budget entitled “Economic Action”.
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Ontario Government 2016 Budget
Today, Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered the Wynne Government’s third budget since being re-elected in 2014. Readers will recall that the 2014 Budget – which was defeated in the previous minority parliament and whose defeat triggered the 2014 election – was reintroduced and passed by the majority government in the summer of 2014.
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City of Toronto 2016 Operating & Capital Budget Review
When the 2015 City of Toronto budgets were presented, Mayor John Tory and seven other new Councillors had just taken office, so the development of the budgets was mainly a staff driven process. By the end of 2016 budget process, this was Mayor Tory’s budget.
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The Role of Public Relations in 2016
In 2015, I saw the PR industry coming into its own, as companies and organizations across the globe recognised the fundamental need to shift how, and how quickly, they need to communicate in order to meet expectations consumers for information.
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Towards a North American Price on Carbon
In March of 2014, the Canadian Electricity Association released a major document entitled Vision 2050: The Future of Canada’s Electricity System. The document established that if we want to reduce carbon emissions in the most economical way, pricing carbon in the economy was the only way to go. And we must recognize our electricity system, and our energy system, is continental, not national. I spent the remainder of 2014 and into 2015 talking about Vision 2050, both in Canada and the US. In these talks, when speaking of carbon pricing, I would make the statement we could see a North American price on carbon as early as 2020. Roughly a year later, I stand by that statement, using the same caveat I did back then: it will all come down to the US Supreme Court.
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Consolidation de notre bureau d’Ottawa – Entrée en fonction de M. Rodrigue Gilbert, collaborateur principal
Nous sommes très heureux d’accueillir M. Rodrigue Gilbert au sein l’équipe des Relations avec le gouvernement fédéral de Sussex, à titre de collaborateur principal, depuis le 1er février 2016. Rodrigue mettra à profit une très grande expérience et un très grand savoir-faire dans notre pratique déjà bien établie des affaires publiques fédérales à Ottawa. Il compte aussi à son actif de solides réussites dans ses relations avec le gouvernement du Québec au nom de différents clients.
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Strengthening our Ottawa Office – Addition of Rodrigue Gilbert, Senior Associate
We are very pleased to announce that Rodrigue Gilbert has joined the Sussex Federal Government Relations Practice as a Senior Associate as of February 1, 2016. Rodrigue brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to our already significant federally-focused public affairs practice in Ottawa. He also has a strong track record of successes for clients in dealing with the Government of Quebec.
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The Rise of Mexico's Auto Sector
On a recent trip to Mexico on behalf of a client, I had the opportunity to conduct a number of meetings and interviews with federal and state government officials and industry representatives to learn more about the country’s rising auto industry. While these meetings provided a lot of useful information, what stuck with me was my impression of Mexico’s attitude towards Canada in the context of competition for auto sector investment. These officials seemed to deal with the subject in both a defensive and conciliatory manner, almost as if they knew they had already won but didn’t want to rub it in.
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Ontario Energy 2016 Outlook and Year-End Review
Ontario’s energy and electricity sectors are typically very active with planning, procurement, and policy announcements - 2015 proved to be no exception. Reflecting on the past year, there has been substantial activity in the Energy portfolio headed by the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, as the Government of Ontario worked to achieve the key mandates and priorities set out by Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Cabinet.
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Climate Change Update - 2015 in Review and What's in Store for 2016
Over the last 6-8 months, there has been an incredible amount of activity related to climate change policy development, not only in Ontario but across Canada. A number of important steps were taken on both the provincial level of government but with a newly elected Liberal government in Ottawa, we have seen the climate change file escalate dramatically, just in the last few months. The steps taken in 2015 will lead to an equally exciting year ahead.
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