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Ontario premier Doug Ford is condemning the practice of price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and says individuals or businesses who price gouge could face staggering fines.


Ontario's and Quebec's premiers are ordering non-essential businesses to close their workplaces by midnight Tuesday, provinces are contemplating closing their borders to each other, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hinted that harsh measures might be used to keep people from gathering in groups.

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Ontario is reporting the first death related to the COVID-19 virus.

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The premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Ontario is closing all of its schools for two weeks following their March break, which starts at the end of the day Friday.


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A Hamilton, ON cancer doctor has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Now, dozens of patients and other medical staffers are faced with quarantine.

The number of coronavirus cases in Ontario has more than doubled in the past week, with the greatest number of new cases coming over the weekend. As of Tuesday, there were 20 confirmed cases in the province.


Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Toronto. The patient is a woman in her twenties who is now recovering in isolation at home.


Ontario's public school teachers are planning a massive protest at the legislature Friday, as they're set to hold a joint, provincewide strike.

Ontario's newly-designed license plates just hit a speed bump. Call it plate-gate.

A little background: The Canadian province's new design was unveiled by the provincial government — led by center-right Ontario Premier Doug Ford — last year.

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A tenth individual in New York State has been identified for testing for the novel coronavirus, while two confirmed cases in Ontario have canceled celebrations for the Chinese New Year.

Canadian health officials say more cases of the coronavirus north of the border would not be unexpected. On Monday morning, a second presumptive case was reported: the Ontario wife of the first man diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Still, health authorities insist the risk to Canadians remains low.

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All four of Ontario's major teacher unions have now announced job action over what they say are stalled contract talks with the province.

The Greater Toronto Area, including Hamilton, has very little time to develop a plan to deal with greenhouse gas emissions. That finding comes in a report by an agency tasked with the job of fighting climate change.


Flags have been lowered across the Greater Toronto Area to remember the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines crash in Iran. All 176 people on board were killed and 63 were Canadians. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, more than a dozen were from Ontario.


A new ban on the promotion of vaping products in Ontario is now in effect for convenience stores and gas stations. The regulations were announced by the Ontario government several months ago to try to stem the increase in vaping among young people.

Union workers in Ontario are more restive than festive in the lead-up to Christmas. A coalition of ten unions is challenging the Ford government’s new law capping public sector wage increases for the next three years.


Hundreds of thousands of Ontario students stayed home one day this week, as teachers set up picket lines across the province. It’s the latest escalation as the teachers and the Ontario government remain far apart in contract talks.


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Ontario's auditor general says nearly 70,000 patients  - or six in every 100 - are injured while receiving care in Ontario's hospitals each year and called for immediate government action to help reduce that number.

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Are ranking lists a good or bad thing? This week, Maclean’s magazine - which is much like TIME or Newsweek in the United States - released a list of the most dangerous places for crime in the country. To American readers, Canadian crime might seem like an oxymoron, but the truth is, we have it, it’s often violent and it happens in places that seem least likely.

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Ontario is starting to merge the province's major health agencies such as Cancer Care Ontario and eHealth under one umbrella and firing the CEOs of nine Local Health Integration Networks.

New restrictions on the use of cellphones in classrooms across Ontario go into effect Monday.

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The New York State Thruway Authority has announced an agreement with Ontario regarding cashless tolls in the states.

With just days before Canadians go to the polls for a national election, the political parties and their leaders are pulling out all the stops to corral last-minute undecided voters. It has been a short 40-day campaign, and a tough one. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and the opposition Conservatives began the contest neck-and-neck, and not much has changed.

A strike by 55,000 education workers in Ontario has been averted. A deal was reached late Sunday, just hours before picket lines were set to go up.


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Ontario's provincial government has eked out a deal with the union that represents education workers, avoiding a strike deadline by just hours.

A coroner's panel reviewing the suicides of nine Ontario police officers last year has issued new recommendations designed to help improve the mental health of first responders across the province.

Dangerous drinking on the rise, especially among young women

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Several studies show alcohol-related harms have sharply increased in many high-income countries, including the United States and Canada, and the sharpest rise was seen in young women. Marguerite Gallorini reports on what that means for public health and for the alcohol industry across the border in Ontario.


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American travelers filling up at gas stations in Ontario will likely see a sticker at the gas pumps. It outlines the cost to Ontario taxpayers of the federal carbon tax.


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Ontario's highest court has ordered a new trial for two men found guilty of terrorism charges in connection with a plot to derail a passenger train bound from Buffalo to Toronto several years ago.

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