Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(OPP-Mental-Health)

Provincial police say they plan to conduct an internal review and develop ways to boost mental health supports after the suicides of three officers in as many weeks.

Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Vince Hawkes says the review will examine suicides and attempted suicides involving members of the force over the last five years.

He says the analysis will try to identify similarities between the incidents and look at what might have prevented those individuals from seeking mental-health support.

In the last 30 years, Hawkes says the O-P-P has documented 24 force members and nine retired members that died by suicide. (The Canadian Press)

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(Letter-Prevention-Sites)

More than 100 health groups have sent an open letter to Premier Doug Ford and the health minister asking them to reconsider the province's position on overdose prevention sites.

The Progressive Conservative government recently paused the planned openings of several overdose prevention sites as it conducts a review to determine if such facilities will continue to operate.

The letter calls the provincial review unnecessary and says all available evidence demonstrates that such sites save lives.

A spokeswoman for the health minister says the province is conducting an evidence-based review and is listening to experts, community leaders and community members in the process. (The Canadian Press)

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(Toronto-Council-Cut)

Ontario's Progressive Conservative government says the City of Toronto's legal challenge of a recently passed law reducing the number of councillors "has no merit."

Ontario's Superior Court is set to hear tomorrow the city's challenge of Bill 5, which cuts council from 47 to 25 seats.

In documents submitted to the court, the government argues municipalities are "creatures of the province" and it can delegate or withdraw powers from those municipalities at any time. …

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