Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-Auto-Insurance)

While the province appears far from reaching its target of a 15 per cent reduction in auto insurance rates, the finance minister's office says the focus is on improving the auto insurance system as a whole.

A spokeswoman for Charles Sousa says that involves continuing to nudge insurance rates down while eliminating fraud in the system and keeping Ontario drivers well-covered.

The Liberals promised in 2013 to cut auto insurance premiums an average of 15 per cent by August 2015, but Premier Kathleen Wynne later described it as a "stretch goal."

Based on figures from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the average decrease since August 2013 has been about 8.3 per cent -- a little over halfway to the government's goal. (The Canadian Press)

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(Grassy-Narrows)

The chief of the Grassy Narrows First Nation says he welcomes Ontario's promise to find mercury hot spots that have poisoned the water.

But Simon Fobister says he still wants the federal government to commit to cleaning up the contamination.

The community near the Manitoba border has been dealing with toxic pollution since a paper mill in Dryden dumped thousands of kilograms of mercury into nearby rivers in the 1960's.

Fobister says Premier Kathleen Wynne has committed to a 300-thousand-dollar study of locating sludge sites, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has yet to make any substantive promises. (The Canadian Press)

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(Helicopter-Safety-Inquiry)

The Transportation Safety Board says bad weather and near-dark departure conditions led to a helicopter crash that killed two people in northern Ontario.

A pilot and one passenger were on board the helicopter that left a camp on Horwood Lake for a timber camp about 100 kilometres southwest of Timmins in September of 2015.

The safety board says both people died after the helicopter struck trees northwest of the camp and was destroyed by the impact.

Investigators say the helicopter was not equipped for flying at night and the pilot was not certified for such operations. …

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