Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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The youngest-ever member of the Ontario legislature will represent the Progressive Conservatives in next year's provincial election.

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff beat a challenger in his Niagara-area riding last night to be the candidate for the June 2018 vote.

The teenager was first elected in a byelection last November in a riding previously held by former party leader Tim Hudak.

Oosterhoff attracted quite a spotlight when he arrived at the legislature -- not just due to his age -- but also by espousing social conservative views at a time when Brown is trying to brand the Tories as inclusive and socially progressive. (The Canadian Press)



The Ontario government says an anti-racism conference it's planning for the fall will become an annual event involving experts, community leaders and politicians.

Michael Coteau, the minister responsible for anti-racism, says while systemic racism won't end tomorrow, the province's three-year strategy to combat the problem is a good first step.

The newly announced plan includes collecting race-based data in the child welfare, justice and health sectors, as well as in education from kindergarten to Grade 12.

Public education initiatives will also focus on anti-black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of racism against racialized groups such as Sikhs. (The Canadian Press)



The lawyer for an Ontario middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to seven sex-related charges involving students says his client realizes she'll never teach again.

Pieter Kort says there's no question Jaclyn McLaren -- who was a French teacher in a community near Belleville -- will spend time behind bars.

McLaren pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation, two counts of luring, possession of child pornography and making explicit material available to people under 18 and people under 16.

She is set to be sentenced May 19th after undergoing a sex offender assessment. …

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