Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberal government's pharmacare plan isn't the cure Ontario needs, adding its implementation is still more than a year away.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says people aged 65 or older will no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment for more than 44-hundred prescription drugs.

Wynne says the program will start on August 1st, 2019 and will be fully operational in 2020-21.

It follows the creation of the OHIP-plus pharmacare program the province brought in last year to provide free prescription drugs to those aged 24 and younger.

Horwath says that still leaves nearly 2.2 million Ontario residents without drug coverage. (The Canadian Press)



Peel Region police say they have identified one of the three suspects in the March 13th assault of a 29-year-old man with autism at a bus terminal in Mississauga.

A video released by police shows the man sitting at the bottom of a stairwell when three young men approached and began to punch and kick him, leaving him with a broken nose and facial cuts.

Police identify one of the suspects as 25-year-old Ronjot Singh Dhami, whose last known address is in Surrey, B-C.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued for Dhami on one count of aggravated assault. (The Canadian Press)



A new report from the C-D Howe Institute says the Ontario government is on an "unsustainable" fiscal course.

The think-tank's report says the Liberal government's spending is out of line with its ability to raise revenues.

It says the government should adopt a long-term fiscal policy that requires surpluses, not just balanced budgets.

The analysis also faults the province for its refusal to allow private sector involvement in recreational cannabis sales.

The report says more competition between businesses would keep marijuana prices low, making it more likely to be competitive with the existing black market. (The Canadian Press)



P-C Leader Doug Ford says he'll meet with Ontario's integrity commissioner over the next couple of days to make the appropriate arrangements for his business.

Ford -- who narrowly won the party leadership earlier this month -- has said he plans to place his business holdings in a trust as he takes the party reins. …

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