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Economy, Health, International, Science and Technology, Work & Labour

The McIntyre Powder case: miners and neurological disease: Update

Several years ago, Janice Martell’s father developed Parkinson’s but there was no history of that in the family. However Jim Hobbs had been a miner, and was among those obliged by the mine to inhale clouds of microscopic aluminium powder» 

Economy, Politics, Society, Work & Labour

Ontario updates labour laws, $15 minimum wage

In a little kept secret, Ontario’s Premier, Kathleen Wynne today announced several changes to Ontario’s labour laws which includes an increase in the minimum hourly wage. The current minimum wage in Canada’s most populous province is $11.40 an hour, but» 

Immigration & Refuge, Society

Refugees need more, not less legal aid, say advocates

The body that provides free legal aid in the province of Ontario says it must cut services for refugees because of budget shortfalls. An umbrella council of refugee advocacy groups is calling on the federal and all provincial government to» 

Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Ontario’s strict anti-smoking laws: Over enthusiastic enforcement?

Since 2006, Ontario has been instituting increasing limitations on the sale and use of tobacco; Those laws now include no smoking in enclosed public spaces, enclosed work spaces, in vehicles with passengers under age 16, no smoking on bar and» 

Environment, Society

Canada flooding situation worsens

More scattered rain showers to come The rains this spring in Canada have been far greater than normal and it has caused emergency situations in regions across the country.. It has now turned deadly with two men missing and presumed» 

Quebec calls in troops to help deal with ‘worst flooding we’ve had in our whole history’

Quebec is calling on the federal government to deploy the Canadian military to help with “historic” floods that threaten over 120 communities in the province as more rain is expected to hit parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, provincial» 

Economy, Politics, Society

Ontario’s first balanced budget in decade promises billions in health care

Ontario’s Liberal government released on Thursday its first balanced budget in nearly a decade, a fiscal plan designed to appeal to broad categories of voters in the province ahead of an election next summer. The centrepiece of the $141.1 billion» 

Economy, International, Lifestyle, Politics, Society

Ontario tries to cool superheated housing costs: Toronto and region

In the face of skyrocketing housing and rental costs, the Ontario government has followed the lead of the west coast city of Vancouver. In the face of many claims that foreign investors are artificially inflating housing prices, Ontario has put» 

Economy, Society

Pilot project will test guaranteed minimum income

The province of Ontario is launching a pilot project that will provide a minimum income for a test group of people. The stated aim is to “better support vulnerable workers and to improve health and education outcomes for people on» 

Economy, Society

Ontario to tax foreign home buyers, expand rent control

The provincial government in Ontario is introducing new measures in a desperate attempt to cool down the red-hot housing market in the greater Toronto area by taxing foreign buyers and expanding rent controls in the province. The government’s 16-point plan»