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Hospitals ask for nearly $1B funding boost: ‘Backs are truly against the wall’

Jan 23 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario's hospitals are asking for a nearly $1-billion increase in the upcoming provincial budget for their sector, after years of underfunding, in order to maintain services and ease overcrowding. The Progressive Conservative government has pledged to end so-called hallway health care, and doing so requires other health-care investments such as long-term care beds, the […]

Strikes close all Catholic schools, some public elementary and high schools

Jan 21 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Catholic schools across Ontario were closed Tuesday, as were high schools and elementary schools in several public boards, with teachers in three out of the four major unions holding one-day strikes. Those unions, as well as the one representing teachers in the French system, say they are frustrated with a lack of progress […]

Ontario elementary teachers kick off week of rotating strikes

Jan 20 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Elementary, high school and Catholic teachers in Ontario are engaging in a series of strikes this week, which are shutting down schools after months of increasing tensions and unproductive negotiations with the government. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario kicked off the week by targeting some of the province's largest school boards — Toronto, York […]

Ontario elementary teachers kick off week of rotating strikes

Jan 20 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Elementary, high school and Catholic teachers in Ontario are engaging in a series of strikes this week, which are shutting down schools after months of increasing tensions and unproductive negotiations with the government. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario kicked off the week by targeting some of the province's largest school boards — Toronto, York […]

Ontario looking to change jail phone call system, include calls to cellphones

Jan 14 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is working toward a new telephone system for provincial jails that would allow inmates to call cellphones. Currently they are only able to place collect calls to landlines — an absurd restriction in the year 2020, say critics and inmate advocates. High rates for calls are another barrier, they say. Lawyer Michael […]

Ontario looking to change jail phone call system, include calls to cellphones

Jan 14 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontario is working toward a new telephone system for provincial jails that would allow inmates to call cellphones. Currently they are only able to place collect calls to landlines — an absurd restriction in the year 2020, say critics and inmate advocates. High rates for calls are another barrier, they say. Lawyer Michael […]

False alarm at Ontario nuclear plant prompts surge in iodide pill orders

Jan 14 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Ontarians placed more than 32,000 orders for iodide pills in the two days following a false alarm about an incident at Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. There are normally between 100 and 200 orders per month, according to Ontario Power Generation. But after an alert warning of an unspecified problem at the nuclear facility […]

Nuclear alert investigation won’t be long and drawn out, minister says

Jan 13 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — An investigation into a mistaken alert warning of an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station will be completed fairly quickly, Ontario's solicitor general said Monday. Sylvia Jones tapped the chief of Emergency Management Ontario to investigate how the alert warning of an unspecified problem at the facility was sent in error to cellphones, […]

Public high school teachers announce strike Wednesday in select boards

Jan 10 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — High school teachers in more than a dozen boards across the province are set to strike Wednesday, as all of the major teachers' unions ramp up pressure on the government amid contentious contract talks. Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation members will stage a one-day strike at boards including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, […]

Public high school teachers announce strike Wednesday in select boards

Jan 10 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — High school teachers in more than a dozen boards across the province are set to strike Wednesday, as all of the major teachers' unions ramp up pressure on the government amid contentious contract talks. Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation members will stage a one-day strike at boards including the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, […]

Elementary teachers in Ontario plan rotating strikes amid contract talks

Jan 9 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Elementary teachers in Ontario are planning rotating strikes starting Jan. 20 unless there is significant progress with the government in what has been a difficult round of contract talks. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said Thursday that "if the government refuses to address critical issues" by Jan. 17, its members will start […]

Elementary teachers in Ontario plan rotating strikes amid contract talks

Jan 9 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Elementary teachers in Ontario are planning rotating strikes starting Jan. 20 unless there is significant progress with the government in what has been a difficult round of contract talks. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said Thursday that "if the government refuses to address critical issues" by Jan. 17, its members will start […]

Ontario sets official end date of July 1 for red-and-white health cards

Jan 9 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians will soon have to say goodbye for good to their old, red-and-white health cards. The government has set July 1 as the date the cards will no longer be accepted — more than 25 years after the province first announced those cards would be phased out. There are […]

Ontario sets official end date of July 1 for red-and-white health cards

Jan 9 2020 — Allison Jones — TORONTO — Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians will soon have to say goodbye for good to their old, red-and-white health cards. The government has set July 1 as the date the cards will no longer be accepted — more than 25 years after the province first announced those cards would be phased out. There are […]