Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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(Ont-Hospital-Crowding)

A hospital bed shortage in the province has the government looking at re-opening a shuttered Toronto hospital site.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says his ministry may re-open the Humber River Hospital's Finch site, which closed last year when operations were moved to a new facility.

Hoskins says the move could create 150 hospital beds, but he did not say how much the re-opening would cost.

The site would be used for so-called alternate level of care patients, many of whom are waiting for a bed in a long-term care facility. (The Canadian Press)

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(Dog-Cop-Assault)

A Toronto-area police officer who pleaded guilty to assault after siccing his K-9 unit dog on a compliant suspect has been granted a conditional discharge.

Justice Harvey Brownstone said York Regional Police Constable Michael Partridge made an "impulsive error in judgment" but has taken responsibility for the excessive use of force and expressed remorse.

Court heard that the March 2016 incident was the first time Partridge had released his dog during his nine months in the K-9 unit.

He still faces three allegations of misconduct under the Police Services Act and remains suspended with pay until that case is heard. (The Canadian Press)

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(Ont-Minimum-Wage)

A business coalition says the Ontario government should bring in its promised 15-dollar minimum wage over a five-year-period, instead of the planned two years, to decrease the risk of job losses.

A new report from the Keep Ontario Working Coalition says tweaking the phase-in period this way could cut the risk of job losses by 74 per cent.

The coalition -- which includes the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada -- did an economic analysis of the wage increase earlier this year and concluded more than 185-thousand jobs could be impacted by the wage hike.

However, many economists say studies show hiking the minimum wage boosts economic activity and increases people's purchasing power. …

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