Allison Jones

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Doug Ford calls mental health patient detained for killing roommate an 'animal'

Ontario's premier says a patient who fled a mental health hospital where he was detained for killing his roommate is an "animal" and that politicians need to stop being politically correct about it.

Ontario to partly fund dialysis for travellers after program cancellation outcry

Ontarians with kidney failure will get some funding for dialysis services while travelling abroad, Health Minister Christine Elliott announced Thursday, following concerns over the cancellation of provincial out-of-country health insurance.

Another Ontario government appointee with reported ties to Dean French resigns

The head of a committee that helps appoint justices of the peace has resigned after reports that he has ties to the premier's former chief of staff.

Province needs to update privacy laws to get ready for smart cities, says commissioner

Ontario's information and privacy commissioner is calling on the provincial government to review and modernize its privacy laws to prepare for the "risks inherent" with smart cities.

Ontario is set to get 50 more cannabis stores this fall

The province is set to triple its number of cannabis stores starting in October. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will hold a lottery for 42 retail store authorizations, while another eight stores will be on First Nations reserves through a separate process.

Ontario Cannabis Store was government body with most complaints to the ombudsman

More than 2,400 Ontario residents complained to the provincial ombudsman about the government's online marijuana store in the wake of delays and delivery problems.

416 'back-office' workers laid off as Ontario merges health agencies

More than 400 health-sector workers are being laid off in Ontario as the Progressive Conservative government moves to merge 20 agencies into one.

After freezing driver and vehicle fees last year, Ontario wants to increase them by 2%

Less than a year after freezing driver and vehicle fees in Ontario, the Progressive Conservative government is considering raising them again, while bracing for a "negative reaction."

Randy Hillier denies defamation allegations in lawsuit from Doug Ford's chief of staff

A former Progressive Conservative caucus member is denying defamation allegations from Premier Doug Ford's chief of staff, saying the official already had a "negative reputation" before a series of tweets in question.

AG Caroline Mulroney says it's 'essential' that Ontario courts modernize

Shortly after Caroline Mulroney took the reins as Ontario's attorney general, she spoke to a judge about the often stymied process of modernizing the court system.

Ontario marks whirlwind, 'lightning speed' year since Premier Doug Ford's election

Ontario has seen a whirlwind of a year since Doug Ford was swept to power, leaving in his wake a path of dismantled environmental and social programs, a bounty of beer and a swath of cuts.

Ontario plans to eliminate enhanced driver's licences used at border crossings

Ontario is proposing to eliminate an enhanced driver's licence that allows people to enter the United States at land and water border crossings without a passport.

Ontario cuts conservation authority funding for flood programs

Conservation Ontario, which represents the province's 36 conservation authorities, said impacts of the cuts will be felt immediately, particularly in smaller and more rural areas.

Ontario may let pharmacists prescribe treatments for minor issues like pink eye

The Progressive Conservative government says in its recent budget that it intends to expand the scope of practice for certain regulated health professionals, such as pharmacists, nurse practitioners, dental specialists and optometrists.

Ontario gas stations could be fined $10,000 a day for missing anti-carbon-tax stickers

Buried in Ontario's budget bill are fines of up to $10,000 per day for gas station operators who don't display government-mandated stickers about the price of the carbon tax.