Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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Ontario could become the first province to require that any payments made by private drug companies to doctors should be made public.

The province is consulting with patient groups, health-care providers and the pharmaceutical industry about the regulations that govern such payments.

The president of the Ontario Medical Association says any changes to disclosure rules concerning payments from drug companies should be applied to all health care professionals.

Shawn Whatley says this would ensure doctors are on a level playing field and not disadvantaged by new regulations. (The Canadian Press)



The head of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation welcomes the appointment of Senator Murray Sinclair to lead a probe into the Thunder Bay Police Services Board.

Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the umbrella group that represents 49 First Nations in northern Ontario has raised serious questions over the actions of Thunder Bay police and the role of its civilian oversight body.

Several northwestern Ontario chiefs have criticized Thunder Bay police for their handling of the deaths of a number of young people in the city.

Sinclair -- who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Canada's residential schools -- was selected by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission to lead its investigation. (The Canadian Press)



Ontario's attorney general is not commenting on a hate crime charge that's been laid against a Mississauga man.

But Yasir Naqvi says the government takes hate crimes seriously and that promoting hatred goes against the values of equality and diversity.

Police allege a 45-year-old man made a number of statements against the Muslim community on social media over a five-month period.

Kevin Johnston is charged with wilful promotion of hatred and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. …

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