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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

Ford's PCs polling comfortably as summer break begins

Ford's PCs polling comfortably as summer break begins

Bonnie Crombie's Liberals are potentially Ontario voters' second preference, according to a new poll
PC Party paid $600K to law firms of key players in Greenbelt probe

PC Party paid $600K to law firms of key players in Greenbelt probe

The PC Party paid over $600,000 in 2023 to seven firms that worked for Doug Ford and other officials during the Greenbelt scandal
Texts contradict Markham Greenbelt developer’s testimony about relationship with Ford aide

Texts contradict Markham Greenbelt developer’s testimony about relationship with Ford aide

Shakir Rehmatullah, president of Flato Developments, testified the premier’s longtime right-hand man never visited his home, but insiders’ messages show otherwise
Housing aside, feds’ budget ignores ‘priorities’ of Ontario government

Housing aside, feds’ budget ignores ‘priorities’ of Ontario government

Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals want to solve some of the same issues as Doug Ford’s provincial PCs — but in very different ways
OPP ordered to provide records of officers' role at Ford stag and doe

OPP ordered to provide records of officers' role at Ford stag and doe

Privacy commissioner is seeking to review the records — which the ministry said are 'highly sensitive' — to determine if they should be released through the freedom-of-information system
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
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