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Charlie Pinkerton

Charlie Pinkerton

A media critic once said Charlie Pinkerton has “one of the best names of any reporter that I can think of.” He’s covered politics since 2018, spending since 2021 at Queen’s Park. Instead of running for mayor of Toronto, he helped launch the Trillium in 2023.

Recent Work by Charlie

Lobbying firm shows how inside track gets results with Ford government

Lobbying firm shows how inside track gets results with Ford government

The Ford-linked firm played a part in major government decisions, including the expansion of beer and wine in corner stores and securing an MZO
Staff emails challenge province's claims about Greenbelt changes

Staff emails challenge province's claims about Greenbelt changes

FOI request reveals emails in which Ford’s then-chief of staff said he’d 'check with officials' in November 2021 about a developer’s request to unprotect Greenbelt land, while witnesses told the integrity commissioner changes weren’t considered until 2022
Audit of Newmarket among Ford government walk-backs — MZOs may be next

Audit of Newmarket among Ford government walk-backs — MZOs may be next

Peel’s dissolution, municipal audits are being cancelled and up to 22 minister’s zoning orders for developments could be next, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Paul Calandra announced today
Feds opt not to conduct impact assessment of Ontario Place

Feds opt not to conduct impact assessment of Ontario Place

The federal environment minister's decision cleared another potential hurdle for the province's redevelopment plans
Ford government introduces bill to reverse province’s changes to municipal plans

Ford government introduces bill to reverse province’s changes to municipal plans

The legislation also tees up possible MZO reversals by introducing ‘immunity provisions’ if the government undoes them
Ferris wheel and mega mall 2.0? The Ontario Place that never was

Ferris wheel and mega mall 2.0? The Ontario Place that never was

What a ‘select’ list of companies presented to Premier Doug Ford on Sept. 11, 2019 could have brought to Toronto’s waterfront
How will 'special prosecutor' be involved in RCMP Greenbelt probe?

How will 'special prosecutor' be involved in RCMP Greenbelt probe?

In correspondence obtained by The Trillium, an RCMP investigator mentioned work 'the special prosecutor' will be doing on the case
Can Doug Ford, a billionaire and bigwig lobbyist get a new 'micro' EV onto our streets?

Can Doug Ford, a billionaire and bigwig lobbyist get a new 'micro' EV onto our streets?

Former longtime local MPP and PC cabinet minister Frank Klees is lobbying the Ford government to get the green light for Frank Stronach's SARIT micro electronic vehicle
NDP asks ethics watchdog to investigate infamous Vegas trip

NDP asks ethics watchdog to investigate infamous Vegas trip

RCMP’s ongoing investigation into the Greenbelt could keep Ontario’s integrity commissioner from digging into it himself
Ford government tables bill to restore lands to Greenbelt

Ford government tables bill to restore lands to Greenbelt

If passed, the legislation would require future changes to the Greenbelt — additions or removals — be carried by way of a bill passed through the legislature
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