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Doug Ford affirme être responsable de la baisse des prix de l’essence





Les prix de l’essence ont baissé en Ontario, en grande partie parce que notre gouvernement a abandonné la taxe carbone, s’est targué Doug Ford sur son compte Twitter, le 27 décembre. Et il n’est pas le seul : plusieurs ministres et députés progressistes-conservateurs ont aussi utilisé la plateforme de micromessages pour se vanter d’être responsables de la baisse des coûts de l’essence.

La ministre de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée, Christine Elliott, et le ministre des Finances, Vic Fedeli, ont eux aussi affirmé que le retrait de la province du marché du carbone a permis de faire baisser le prix à la pompe.

L’Ontario n’a pas encore de taxe carbone

Il y a plusieurs choses qui sont incorrectes, lance l’analyste du système pétrolier chez Kent Group Michael Ervin.

Premièrement, ils n’ont pas éliminé la taxe carbone, mais ils sont sortis du marché du carbone.

Michael Ervin, analyste pétrolier chez Kent Group

En juillet dernier, peu de temps après leur arrivée au pouvoir, les progressistes-conservateurs ont annoncé que l’Ontario allait sortir du marché du carbone, mais ils n’ont pas aboli la taxe carbone, puisque celle-ci n’est pas encore entrée en vigueur.

La taxe carbone sera imposée aux Ontariens par le fédéral à partir du 1er janvier 2019 (Nouvelle fenêtre). Le gouvernement de Doug Ford a toutefois prévu de la contester devant les tribunaux, aux côtés de la Saskatchewan.

Selon Keith Brooks, du groupe écologiste Environmental Defence, le gouvernement mélange les termes « taxe carbone et marché du carbone » volontairement.

Je pense que le gouvernement a intentionnellement déformé la réalité, pour embrouiller les Ontariens.

Keith Brooks, du groupe écologiste Environmental Defence

Une baisse mondiale des prix

Plusieurs facteurs expliquent la chute des prix de l’essence. Selon M. Ervin, le retrait de l’Ontario du marché du carbone, effectif depuis la fin octobre, a permis « de faire baisser les prix de seulement 5 cents par litre ».

Il estime que la grande majorité de la baisse est attribuable à la chute des cours du baril de pétrole.

La baisse des prix de l’essence n’est pas différente en Ontario qu’ailleurs au pays, renchérit M. Brooks. Penser que ça vient du retrait du marché du carbone est irréaliste, poursuit-il.

Dan McTeague, analyste, GasBuddy.comDan McTeague, analyste, Photo : CBC

Selon l’analyste des prix de l’essence Dan McTeague, la chute du cours du baril de pétrole a entraîné une baisse de 22 cents le litre, alors que le retrait du marché du carbone est responsable d’une baisse de 5 cents par litre.

Doug Ford moqué sur Twitter

Sur Twitter, plusieurs centaines d’internautes ont raillé les affirmations du premier ministre et des membres de son gouvernement.

Très drôle de voir que la taxation du carbone en Ontario contrôle visiblement le cours du baril mondial. Impressionnant!, a ironisé Michael Bueckert.


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Ottawa unveils funding for poultry and egg farmers hurt by free-trade deals





Canadian egg and poultry farmers who’ve lost domestic market share due to two recent free-trade agreements will soon have access to $691 million in federal cash, Canada’s agriculture minister announced Saturday.

Marie-Claude Bibeau shared details of the long-awaited funds in a virtual news conference.

“Today we position our young farmers for growth and success tomorrow,” she said.

The money follows a previously announced $1.75 billion for the dairy sector linked to free-trade deals with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim, one that came into effect in 2017 and the other in 2018.

The dairy sector funds were to flow over eight years, and the first $345 million payment was sent out last year.

But on Saturday, Bibeau announced a schedule for the remaining payments that will see the money flow over three years — beginning with $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22 and $468 million in 2022-23.

Bibeau said the most recently announced funds for dairy farmers amount to an average farm of 80 cows receiving a direct payment of $38,000 in the first year.

Payments based on formulas

David Wiens, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said the money will help farms make investments for the future.

“I think particularly for the younger farmers who have really struggled since these agreements have been ratified, they can actually now see opportunities, how they can continue to make those investments on the farm so that they can continue on,” he said.

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Employee of Ottawa Metro store tests positive for COVID-19





Metro says an employee of its grocery store on Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says the employee’s positive test result was reported on Nov. 25. The employee had last been at work at the Metro at 50 Beechwood Ave. on Nov. 19.

Earlier this month, Metro reported several cases of COVID-19 at its warehouse on Old Innes Road.

Positive test results were reported on Nov. 2, Nov. 6, Nov. 11, and Nov. 19. The first two employees worked at the produce warehouse at 1184 Old Innes Rd. The other two worked at the distribution centre at the same address.

Metro lists cases of COVID-19 in employees of its stores and warehouses on its website

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Tinseltown: Where 50-year-old ‘tough guys’ become youngsters again





Audy Czigler wears glitter like a Pennsylvania miner wears coal dust. It’s on his face and hands, in his hair and on his clothing. It’s an occupational hazard that he says he just can’t get rid of.

And when he’s sifting through job applications from people wanting to work at his Tinseltown Christmas Emporium on Somerset Street W. in Hintonburg, the glitter is a consideration. For he’s not looking for people who can simply endure it; no, he’s screening for people who revel and carouse in glitter, for those for whom the 10,000th playing of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is as refreshing as the first, for those who believe that the 12 days of Christmas last 365 days a year. The believers.

Sure, he has heard the voices of skeptical passersby on the sidewalk outside his shop, especially in the summer months when visions of sugarplums have receded from many people’s minds.

“I hear them out there a few times a day,” he says, “wondering how a Christmas store can possibly survive year-round.

“I want to go out and tell them,” he adds, but his voice trails off as a customer approaches and asks about an ornament she saw there recently, of a red cardinal in a white heart. Where is it?

There’s scant room for sidewalk skeptics now, crowded out by the dozens of shoppers who, since October, have regularly lined up outside the store, patiently biding their time (and flocks) as pandemic-induced regulations limit the shop to 18 customers at a time.

Once inside, visitors will be forgiven for not first noticing the glitter, or even the rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside playing on the speakers. For there’s no specific “first thing” you notice. The first thing you notice is EVERYTHING — a floor-to-ceiling cornucopia of festivity, reminiscent perhaps of how the blind man in the Gospel of John may have felt when Jesus rubbed spit and mud in his eyes and gave him sight for the first time.

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