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Ontario’s other canal: the Trent-Severn Waterway

Aug 6, 2018

Rivers, lakes and locks

There’s a shortcut across Ontario by boat. The Trent-Severn Waterway crosses south-central Ontario, connecting the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay on Lake Huron. The 240 mile/388-kilometer waterway goes from Trenton north along the Trent River to Rice Lake, then it follows the Otonabee River and the Kawartha Lakes into the Talbot River to Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching. Then, the waterway follows the Severn River through the southern part of the Muskoka District before it reaches Georgian Bay at Port Severn.

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In Ontario, the newly-elected government of Conservative premier Doug Ford has moved quickly to dismantle policies and programs supported by the previous government. In political terms, those changes are coming at a breakneck pace, and with some predictable fallout. Some of the changes have come as a surprise to critics and supporters alike.


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An Ontario court has decided a divorced woman can keep a frozen embryo she and her ex-husband had bought and can use it to impregnate herself.

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Firefighters were battling 55 forest fires as of late Monday in northeast Ontario, of which 21 were not yet under control.

125 years of Ontario provincial parks

Jul 21, 2018
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Ontario is celebrating some of its most treasured outdoor places. It is the 125th anniversary of the provincial park system.

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Ontario voters have elected a majority Progressive Conservative government and Doug Ford will be their next premier. His party captured 76 seats, but only needed 63 to form a majority government.


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Once upon a time, the nearing end of the school year and the arrival of warm weather brought ambitions of heading off to Crystal Beach, by the Crystal Beach boat or hitchhiking or just driving to the Ontario shore. As author Erno Rossie presented Wednesday evening, the name is still there and so are the memories.

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Residents of Ontario go to the polls Thursday for a provincial election. The month-long campaign has been full of twists and turns, the biggest coming from Liberal party leader and premier Kathleen Wynne.


Niagara Regional Police are asking for the public's help after a boy's body was recovered from the Welland Recreational Waterway.

2 suspects wanted in Mississauga bombing injuring 15

May 25, 2018
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Police were searching for two male suspects after 15 people were injured by an "improvised explosive device" that was set off inside an Indian restaurant in Mississauga, ON, on Thursday night.

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Ontario’s provincial election campaign begins Monday, with the first of three debates among the candidates, but it already feels like it’s been in full swing for two months. Provincial elections in Ontario used to be one of the most mundane events in Canadian politics, but a few things have changed that. Ten years ago, the province started having a fixed, four-year election cycle. That’s intensified the perpetual campaigning and fundraising by political parties.

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Local border expert Patrick Whalen is in Ottawa Monday for the Canadian session of the Canadian-American Border Trade Alliance. The board member is among the group's representatives pushing for simpler trade and passage across the 4,000-mile-long U.S.-Canada border.

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Improving Amtrak passenger train service into and out of this region is almost as important as improving the connecting Metro Rail service. That from a meeting Tuesday night sponsored by Citizens for Regional Transit.


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Ontario Provincial Police are warning that a drug known as "purple heroin" has turned up in southwestern Ontario.

Emergency alerts come to Canadian mobile phones

Apr 18, 2018
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Canadians are being told, “Your phone has the power to save a life.”

Canadians with most late-model mobile phones are now able to receive messages about impending natural disasters and civil emergencies through the Alert Ready system. The project is an effort of the federal government, provincial emergency management agencies and Pelmorex, the company that operates the notification system and also owns The Weather Network, Canada’s cable and satellite weather channel.

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The future of the Fort Erie Race Track may hinge on the outcome of the upcoming Ontario provincial election.

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A new survey suggests Tim Hortons has fallen out of favor with Canadians, plummeting 25 points and dropping more than 40 spots from 2017 in an annual corporate reputation ranking.

The Ontario government is pushing back against New York State's Buy American law by limiting public sector procurement with suppliers in the state.

Ontario's Liberal government has rolled out a spending package that targets nearly every demographic while plunging the province back into deficit -- but said the books will be balanced in six years.

The Canadian connection to driverless cars

Mar 26, 2018
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The development of reliable driverless vehicles (also known as autonomous or automated vehicles) recently hit a big traffic jam when an Uber-owned autonomous  vehicle hit a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ, who later died from the injuries. There are Canadian connections to the situation.

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Ontario's Liberal government says it will expand its pharmacare program, offering free prescription drugs to people 65 and older.

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A new pilot project for some neighborhoods in Toronto has some people clucking. The plan is to allow people in those areas to have chickens in their backyards for personal use.


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At just after 10 p.m. Saturday night, after one of the strangest political races in Canadian history, Doug Ford was announced as the winner of the race to lead the Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario (aka “Tories”).

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New government data shows a spike in opioid-related deaths in Ontario for much of last year compared to 2016.

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In a tourist city like Niagara Falls, ON, a full garbage can is unsightly and perhaps something that will be mentioned when a tourist is back home. Mayor Jim Diodati doesn't want that, especially along the busy Victoria Avenue tourist corridor. The city has a high-tech answer for the challenge and senses it can help earn $50 million for other smart innovations.

A report issued recently by Buffalo's teachers' union found disruptive behavior to be a major problem in city classrooms. But the situation appears to be even worse north of the border. In Ontario, some troubling numbers are being disclosed about growing violence against teachers.


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The Canadian national anthem is now more gender-neutral, after a bill that changes the lyrics passed the country's Senate.

The second line of "O Canada," which has said the nation inspires patriotism "in all thy sons," will now read "in all of us."

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Over the past 20 years, governments of all ideological varieties have embraced the idea of having public facilities and services provided by the private sector. Ontario really embraced the trend in the 1990s when Mike Harris was the Conservative Premier. But what happens when a private provider of public services goes out of business?

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Trouble is brewing for iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. It’s over Ontario’s increase to the minimum wage. The chain has become the target of a public and labor backlash in the fight against the wage increase.


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Ontario drivers could soon find themselves motoring along the highway next to a car with no one in the driver's seat.

The province's Liberal government is proposing to change the rules of its 10-year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing.

Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed with a driver behind the wheel, but the government is seeking public comment on a proposal to scrap that requirement.

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