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Premier Kathleen Wynne is telling people in flood-ravaged eastern Ontario to hang on to their receipts so they can be reimbursed for some of the costs they are dealing with.

Heavy rainfall has led to high water levels across much of Central and Eastern Canada, with Clarence-Rockland, east of Ottawa, declaring a state of emergency.

Wynne visited there yesterday, as well as the Cumberland suburb of Ottawa, saying she's working with municipal leaders to ensure people have the help they need.

Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro says provincial assessment teams are in the communities and will make recommendations.

The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program can reimburse both home owners and municipalities for associated costs. (The Canadian Press)

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(Hydro-One-Share-Sale)

The Ontario government says it could raise more than three-billion dollars with what it expects to be its final offering of shares in Hydro One.

The province and Hydro One say they have entered into an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters for the offering of some 120 million common shares, on a bought-deal basis.

Each share will be sold for $23.25, for total gross proceeds of 2.79-billion dollars.

The province would then be allowed to sell an additional 12 million common shares at the same price, which would raise gross proceeds to about 3.07 billion dollars and leave the province owning 47.8 per cent of the company. (The Canadian Press)

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Ottawa says it's reviewing a policy that forbids staff in passport offices from helping disabled applicants fill out their forms, following two recent incidents in Ontario.

Andrew Gurza is one of the two people who filed formal complaints after being denied help at Service Canada offices in Ontario.

Gurza, who has cerebral palsy and can make limited use of his hands, says he could not get help when he was trying to renew his passport at an office in Toronto. …

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