Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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M-P-P Randy Hillier says he believes Premier Doug Ford's former chief of staff has made the right decision by withdrawing a libel suit against him.

Dean French had filed the suit in June alleging that Hillier began defaming him shortly after he was kicked out of the Progressive Conservative caucus.

Hillier -- who now sits in the legislature as an independent -- says he's happy to turn the page on what he describes as "a distraction."

French had alleged that Hillier had waged a malicious campaign to harm his reputation with certain tweets and retweets but the MPP says in a statement that the material covered matters already in the public domain. (The Canadian Press)



Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan visited a northern Ontario First Nation on the weekend after it declared a state of emergency over its water supply.

O'Regan had been facing calls to check out the situation in Attawapiskat first hand and visited yesterday at the invitation of the chief.

He said in an interview today that Ottawa will be sending additional medical officials to the community this week among other additional federal assistance.

Federal officials will also meet with parents and families to discuss their concerns about chemical levels in the water and to ensure children get the attention they need. (The Canadian Press)



A 37-year-old woman has been charged with child abandonment after police say she left a baby alone in a sweltering car in Richmond Hill.

Police say they found the one-year-old screaming and sweating in a vehicle when they were called to the parking lot of a pharmacy last night.

The child was removed from the car with the assistance of firefighters and taken to hospital as a precaution.

The child's mother -- who is from Newmarket -- has also been charged with theft after police say she was found with stolen property when she was located inside the pharmacy. …

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