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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

Sep 30, 2019
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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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Another strategy has been announced in the fight against guns and gangs in Toronto. This time it is coming from Doug Ford, the premier of the province of Ontario.

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A $150 million hemp industrial park is open in Broome County. Ontario-based Canopy Growth will operate the park in Kirkwood. The hope is the business will create over 400 jobs.

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If you want to take advantage of Canada's legalization of pot, but don't want to then get behind the wheel, Conrad Floyd has an offer for you - whether American, Canadian or tourist from somewhere else.

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Ontario is launching a million-dollar pilot project to help communities protect against the effects of extreme weather.

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Ontario fans of the Toronto Raptors watching a championship finals game last week suddenly saw a rough TV ad about the risks of concussions—a young women was hurt in a soccer game and started to bleed from her nose, but kept playing because she is "doin' whatever it takes." The ad was part of the provincial government's hard push against concussions in its Hit-Stop-Sit campaign.

Canada bans single-use plastic bags

Jun 11, 2019
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Add Canada to the list of places planning to ban plastic bags. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada will ban so-called single-use plastics, which could include shopping bags, drinking straws and eating utensils, by 2021.

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Now that warmer weather has arrived, the repair bills are coming in from what was occasionally a very bad winter. Ontario's Niagara Parks Commission is dealing with the cost of repairs of a Fort Erie sea wall from the February ice storm.

Ontario premier Doug Ford has unveiled a public transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area worth more than $21 billion.


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Canada's government is taking another look at a new road across Ontario's Niagara Peninsula to ease the chronic congestion on the QEW.

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There is outrage and anger in Ontario over General Motors' decision to cease operations at its assembly plant in Oshawa, east of Toronto, at the end of next year. It’s part of the automaker’s global restructuring plan, which will also shutter four plants in the United States. Oshawa has been the face of the auto industry in Canada for decades and the plant's closure is expected to have devastating effects.


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A Niagara Regional Police officer is at Hamilton General Hospital in critical, but stable condition. He was injured Thursday from what the provincial agency suspects was a series of shots fired by another officer.

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Snowplow drivers in Niagara Falls, ON will have another eye this winter - a dashboard camera to record everything the plow does on the street.

Ontario premier Doug Ford says he will scrap legislation from the previous government  that raised the minimum wage in the province. While small business owners are rejoicing, low-income workers and unions say it’s a betrayal.


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There is a new boss of the U.S. Border Patrol along this section of the Great Lakes, covering 300 agents and 341 maritime miles.

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The Parole Board of Canada says it is clear Paul Bernardo still lacks insight into his criminality and denied the convicted killer and serial rapist parole.

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Across Canada, recreational marijuana is now legal. There have been a few hiccups—long lines at online government sites and supply shortages. But despite some criticisms over the new law, provinces such as Ontario have started to reap the benefits.


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Many voters in Ontario will continue to cast ballots Tuesday after technical difficulties forced at least a dozen municipalities to extend voting in local elections.

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The Ontario government has unveiled details of where residents can smoke recreational cannabis when it becomes legal in mid-October. The rules are even less strict than proposed by the previous Liberal government.


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The Fort Erie Race Track remains up for sale, but a fight is brewing inside the the town council about buying the property and there is the potential of slot machines returning.

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Police say they are searching for armed suspects after a shooting in downtown St. Catharines, ON sent three people to the hospital, with with two then being air-lifted to an out-of-region trauma center for treatment of critical injuries.

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Ontario’s mayors and other municipal leaders recently had their first opportunity to meet their newly minted premier, Doug Ford. Those leaders had two primary concerns.


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