Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(Sudbury-Byelection)

Conformation of the dates for two trials involving charges against Ontario Liberals are expected today in Sudbury.

Pat Sorbara, the premier's former deputy chief of staff, and Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed are facing Election Act bribery charges.

Their trials are expected to take place simultaneously this fall, setting the stage for possible verdicts just months ahead of the June 2018 election.

Sorbara and Lougheed both deny the charges which allege the pair offered a would-be candidate a job or appointment to get him to step aside in a 2015 byelection in Sudbury. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Nursing-Home-Inquiry)

Officials say there'll be a public inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths of the eight seniors murdered in long-term care homes by Elizabeth Wettlaufer.

The provincial government says it's moving to appoint a commissioner to lead the inquiry.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi stress that despite Wettlaufer's crimes, the 78-thousand residents of Ontario's publicly funded long-term care homes are safe.

Wettlaufer pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Ticket-Sales)

The opposition Progressive Conservatives says price gouging in the ticket resale market is a "mess" of the Liberals' own making.

The provincial government is promising to clamp down on online ticket scalping, a source of frustration and anger for fans who have often been unable to secure tickets to their favourite sport or music events.

Under the proposed law, ticket resellers would have to disclose more information and so-called scalper bots that scoop up tickets online would be illegal.

But the Tories note that scalping was illegal in Ontario until the Liberals changed the law in 2015, making it legal for tickets to be sold for more than their face value. …

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