Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Six Stories in the News Today, April 20

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Six Stories in the News Today, April 20

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Six stories in the news today, April 20

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Six stories in the news for Thursday, April 20

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ONTARIO HOUSING PACKAGE COMING TODAY

The Ontario government will unveil a much-anticipated package of housing measures today aimed at cooling a red-hot market. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Finance Minister Charles Sousa have signalled that the measures will take aim at speculators, expedite more supply, tackle rental affordability and look at realtor practices. The average price of detached houses in the Greater Toronto Area rose to $1.21 million last month.

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ONTARIO OPIOID DEATHS RISING

Researchers in Ontario say more than two people die each day of opioid overdoses in the province. A report by the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network says the rate of opioid-related deaths has almost quadrupled over the last 25 years -- from 144 in 1991 to 734 in 2015. Lead author Tara Gomes at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital says annual opioid-related deaths in Ontario now exceed the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents.

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PARDON FEE A SIGNIFICANT BARRIER, MANY SAY

The $631 fee to apply for a criminal pardon poses a substantial hurdle for people trying to turn their lives around, say a majority of people who responded to a federal consultation. Eighty per cent indicated the fee is a significant barrier while 16 per cent considered it a modest barrier. The consultation led by the Parole Board of Canada is part of a Liberal review of Harper government changes that made people wait longer and pay more to obtain a pardon.

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CRTC TO RULE ON DIFFERENTIAL PRICING

Canada's telecommunications watchdog is set to release a decision today that could change whether all video and music streaming services count toward customers' cellular data plans. The CRTC held hearings last fall into what's known as differential pricing, such as when companies allow customers to access certain streaming services without it counting against their data plans. …

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