Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Ont-NDP-Pharmacare)

The Ontario Health Coalition is applauding the N-D-P's 475-million-dollar pharmacare plan, which they say would improve the current patchwork of private insurance plans and government programs.

But, the group says it would like to see all needed drugs covered -- not just 125 medications the government would deem essential.

The New Democrats say they would implement the plan if they win the provincial election next year.

They say it could be introduced without program cuts or new taxes -- although they're not ruling them out. (The Canadian Press)

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(Developmental-Disabilities-Lawsuit)

A northeastern Ontario family has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the province, alleging unreasonable wait lists mean those with developmental disabilities can't get the care they need.

A Timmins man has launched the suit on behalf of his 19-year-old daughter, who court documents say is non-verbal and requires full-time support services.

The suit seeks 110-million dollars in damages, alleging the province breached its duties to adults with developmental disabilities by failing to properly manage the wait lists.

The allegations have not been tested in court and the Ministry of Community and Social Services has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

But it says the government has announced 810-million dollars over three years to improve community and developmental services, with the total base funding for developmental services increasing to more than two-billion dollars. (The Canadian Press)

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(Lawyer-Referral-Fees)

Ontario's law society will vote Thursday whether lawyers who refer clients to another lawyer should have their referral fees capped at a maximum of 25-thousand dollars.

The suggestion was published in a report yesterday by a working group that has been looking into the issue after serious concerns were raised that certain fee-arrangement practices are misleading or detrimental to clients.

The report says Ontario lawyers should have to record referral fees paid or received in their books.

It also says referral-fee practices should be included in lawyers' yearly reports to the law society. …

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