Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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Ontario's opposition parties say there isn't enough transparency around how money will be spent when it comes to the province's four-year climate change action plan.

The plan is funded by cap-and-trade revenues, with an expected range of 5.9-billion to 8.3-billion dollars.

The money is supposed to go to green initiatives such as social housing retrofits, electric vehicle incentives and public transit.

N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath says the government is not disclosing exactly how the money is being spent but Environment Minister Glen Murray says the cap-and-trade program has "the most transparent money in government."

The government estimated in last year's budget that the program would bring in 1.9 billion dollars per year, but has now lowered its projections to allow for market fluctuations. (The Canadian Press)


(Toronto-Blasts) (WATCH FOR DATING)

A section of King Street just west of Yonge Street in Toronto's financial district remains closed following a series of explosions during the evening rush hour.

No injuries were reported after the series of blasts that police say were caused by a hydro vault fire.

Public transit through the area was diverted, but officials say the King St. subway stop and some buses were back in service by late last night, but streetcars were still looping around the scene.

Toronto Hydro said its crews would be working through the night to pump water out of the vault and dry the equipment before starting repairs.

There was no indication how long that would take -- or whether King St. would be open in time for morning rush hour. (The Canadian Press)



Ornge Air Ambulance is now able to land at the helipad at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg.

Officials say that means emergency or transfer patients arriving from northwestern Ontario will have direct access to the hospital's acute care site, instead of having to land at the Winnipeg international airport.

Anthony Sharp -- base manager for Ornge in Kenora -- says landing directly at the Winnipeg hospital will significantly reduce the length of a patients' journey from northwestern Ontario. …

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