National Newswatch

Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s health-care promise

Jul 15 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It will likely take longer than a year to end overcrowding in Ontario's hospitals, despite a promise from Premier Doug Ford to tackle the problem in 12 months, the health minister said Monday. Days after Ford's declaration, Health Minister Christine Elliott downplayed his remarks, saying he was articulating the government's "wishes" but the problem is more complex than that. "The […]

Christine Elliott downplays Premier Ford’s health-care promise

Jul 15 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It will likely take longer than a year to end overcrowding in Ontario's hospitals, despite a promise from Premier Doug Ford to tackle the problem in 12 months, the health minister said Monday. Days after Ford's declaration, Health Minister Christine Elliott downplayed his remarks, saying he was articulating the government's "wishes" but the problem is more complex than that. "The […]

Appointee linked to former Ford chief of staff Dean French resigns

Jul 12 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Another appointee of Doug Ford's government resigned Friday after the Opposition uncovered his ties to the Ontario premier's former chief of staff. A spokeswoman for Ford confirmed that Ian Neita, who was made a board member for the Workplace Safety Insurance Board in December, had submitted his resignation. New Democrat legislator Marit Stiles said that in […]

Appointee linked to former Ford chief of staff Dean French resigns

Jul 12 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Another appointee of Doug Ford's government resigned Friday after the Opposition uncovered his ties to the Ontario premier's former chief of staff. A spokeswoman for Ford confirmed that Ian Neita, who was made a board member for the Workplace Safety Insurance Board in December, had submitted his resignation. New Democrat legislator Marit Stiles said that in […]

LCBO says delivery shortage affecting stores

Jul 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Issues with a new warehouse management system have delayed the delivery of booze to several LCBO stores, the provincial liquor agency said Wednesday as some customers complained about empty shelves and limited selection. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario said technology updates at its Durham Retail Service Centre in mid-June caused some interruption in […]

LCBO says delivery shortage affecting stores

Jul 10 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Issues with a new warehouse management system have delayed the delivery of booze to several LCBO stores, the provincial liquor agency said Wednesday as some customers complained about empty shelves and limited selection. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario said technology updates at its Durham Retail Service Centre in mid-June caused some interruption in […]

Government will stop funding subsidy for discounted GTA transit fares

Jul 9 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government will be cutting a subsidy that provides discounted fares for riders using GO Transit and Toronto's transit system in the same trip, leaving the two agencies to come up with a way to keep the popular program running. Regional transit agency Metrolinx — which runs GO trains and buses through the Greater Toronto […]

Government will stop funding subsidy for discounted GTA transit fares

Jul 9 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Ontario government will be cutting a subsidy that provides discounted fares for riders using GO Transit and Toronto's transit system in the same trip, leaving the two agencies to come up with a way to keep the popular program running. Regional transit agency Metrolinx — which runs GO trains and buses through the Greater Toronto […]

Province wants to expand midwives’ ability to prescribe medications

Jul 8 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario wants to give midwives across the province the ability to prescribe a wider variety medications, a move those in the profession say could help improve patient care. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that consultations are underway to expand midwives' scope of practice with the body that regulates the profession. She said the province wants to enable midwives to […]

Province wants to expand midwives’ ability to prescribe medications

Jul 8 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario wants to give midwives across the province the ability to prescribe a wider variety medications, a move those in the profession say could help improve patient care. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that consultations are underway to expand midwives' scope of practice with the body that regulates the profession. She said the province wants to enable midwives to […]

NDP promise to expand universal health care, starting with national drug plan

Jun 16 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — HAMILTON — The federal NDP says it will fast-track a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date if elected this fall as part of an expansion of Canada's health-care system. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a national pharmacare program as the first […]

NDP promise to expand universal health care, starting with national drug plan

Jun 16 2019 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — HAMILTON — The federal NDP says it will fast-track a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date if elected this fall as part of an expansion of Canada's health-care system. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a national pharmacare program as the first […]