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New offer moves parties closer, teachers' union says, but strikes still planned

New offer moves parties closer, teachers' union says, but strikes still planned

TORONTO — The union representing Ontario's public high school teachers said Wednesday that the education minister's capitulation on class sizes and e-learning moves the parties closer, but it didn't commit to returning to the bargaining table.
Ontario paramedics warn of ambulance delays and increasing call volumes

Ontario paramedics warn of ambulance delays and increasing call volumes

TORONTO — Increasing call volumes and off-loading delays at hospitals are creating ambulance shortages, the union representing paramedics with 22 municipal services in Ontario said Wednesday, calling for more funding to address the situation.
Women with transvaginal mesh implants to share $21.5 million in settlement

Women with transvaginal mesh implants to share $21.5 million in settlement

TORONTO — A group of Canadian women who suffered ill-effects from implantation of a medical device called transvaginal mesh will receive a total of $21.5 million in compensation under a proposed class-action settlement, court records show.
Ontario reports two new coronavirus cases, bringing province's total to 20

Ontario reports two new coronavirus cases, bringing province's total to 20

TORONTO — The number of cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario climbed to 20 on Tuesday as provincial health officials recorded two new positive tests from people with recent travel histories to affected countries.
Former cellmate says Schlatter confessed to strangling Richey with scarf

Former cellmate says Schlatter confessed to strangling Richey with scarf

TORONTO — A jailhouse informant with a "huge criminal record" spanning decades testified Tuesday that Kalen Schlatter confessed to strangling a young woman with a scarf when she refused to have sex with him hours after they met.
Ontario backs down on class sizes, e-learning in teacher negotiations

Ontario backs down on class sizes, e-learning in teacher negotiations

TORONTO — Ontario's Progressive Conservative government almost entirely backed down Tuesday on two of the major issues for teachers in a bitter round of contract negotiations that has been marked by escalating strikes and acrimony.
Ontario launches new mental health strategy to improve access to services

Ontario launches new mental health strategy to improve access to services

TORONTO — Ontario is creating a central agency to oversee its revamp of the province's mental health system, but a group of service providers and opposition critics say the change must be backed up with a funding commitment.
Judge rules warrantless seizure of car data recorder a serious rights breach

Judge rules warrantless seizure of car data recorder a serious rights breach

TORONTO — Police flouted a driver's rights when they retrieved an electronic recording module from a car wreck days after a crash because they failed to get a search warrant or owner permission first, an Ontario judge has ruled.
Multimillion-grant to speed innovative device for hard-to-treat brain disorders

Multimillion-grant to speed innovative device for hard-to-treat brain disorders

TORONTO — The signs were there, but Lidia Vetturetti says her mother refused to consider the possibility she had Alzheimer's.
Slaight Family Foundation announces $15M global initiative for women and girls

Slaight Family Foundation announces $15M global initiative for women and girls

TORONTO — The Slaight Family Foundation says it is donating $1 million each to 15 global organizations working to improve human rights for women and girls.