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Ontario project to connect 16 First Nation communities to grid

Thunder Bay - A new agreement between Ontario First Nations, the federal government and the province will see 16 northern communities connected to the power grid in a $1.6-billion project that will end their dependence on diesel fuel for power.

Ontario Liquor Control Board announces cannabis deal

Toronto - The Ontario government will use Shopify's e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and also in stores. The province intends to be the only distributor of legal recreational cannabis.

Ontario plans to lash back at states adopting 'Buy American'

Ontario - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will introduce a bill this month to retaliate against any U.S. state that adopts Buy America provisions.

Buyers of electric trucks in Ontario can get up to $75,000 rebate

Ontario - Canada's most populous province, Ontario, is introducing a new electric truck rebate program that offers buyers rebates of up to 60 percent of the incremental purchase cost of an electric truck, compared with an equivalent diesel vehicle.

Buffett-backed BYD to open electric-truck plant in Canada

Ontario - BYD Co, the Chinese electric-vehicle maker backed by billionaire Warren Buffett, plans to open its first assembly plant in Ontario, Canada next year.

Whitesand First Nation biomass project gets funding boost

Armstrong - The Northwestern Ontario Indigenous community of Whitesand First Nation began construction on Monday of an industrial park to support new biomass and wood processing facilities, thanks to the support of the federal and provincial governments.

Ontario Power Generation refuses to budge on Lake Huron site

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is refusing to budge on its contention that a planned nuclear waste repository near Lake Huron is still the best and most cost-effective site. The company issued a new analysis reaffirming its reasons for the preferred site.

78 arrested in human trafficking probe in Ontario

London - In southwestern Ontario, 78 people were arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation, which started in October 2016.

Environmentalists welcome end to turtle hunting in Canada

Toronto - Environmental groups have welcomed the decision by the regional government of Ontario to stop hunting the endangered snapping turtle.

Ontario to help critically ill kids affected by Trump travel ban

Toronto - Ontario Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins announced the province is working to bring extremely ill children to the province. These children were scheduled to receive life-saving treatment in the U.S. but are now barred from entry due to the travel ban.

Ontario proposes basic income of least $1,320 a month

The Canadian province of Ontario is planning to pay a basic income of at least $1,320/month to its citizens. It will be launching a pilot project in a number of communities in the province by Spring 2017.

Ontario to raise minimum wage to $11.40 per hour

The general minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $11.40 from $11.25 per hour on October 1, 2016. It is part of the province's plan to build up Ontario and to help low income workers.

Ontario cancels $3.8 billion in energy contracts

The Ontario government announced Tuesday that they are cancelling the next round of renewable energy contracts for the province. They hope to save $3.8 billion in energy costs, in order to lighten the load on hydro customers.

Strong summer storm packs rare punch — Tornado strikes Ashburn

Oshawa - Teams from Environment Canada began cleaning up debris Saturday after powerful summer storms toppled trees and damaged homes south of Toronto, even spawning a small tornado.

Canada in need of widespread dental care reform Special

A country-wide dental cost reform may be on its way if Quebecers get their way. In early April, the Quebec-based Journal de Montreal released a report finding dental fees in La Belle province were the most expensive in the country.

Canadian gets five years in U.S. prison in turtle smuggling case

Detroit - A Canadian man who made numerous trips to Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China will spend nearly five years in a U.S. federal prison for smuggling. The sentence was handed down on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: The best of live theatre in Toronto and elsewhere in 2015

Toronto - So we’ve come to the end of 2015. As inevitable as Christmas, New Year’s and excessive alcohol and chocolate consumption are the media’s endless recap lists and reviews of the best in entertainment of the year – in music, film and so on.

Father wouldn't stop homeopathy on autistic sons, loses custody

Toronto - A father in Ontario lost custody of his two young sons, in part because he refused to stop trying to cure the boys' autism and other illnesses with homeopathy. The boys, aged nine and ten have "severe and profound" autism spectrum disorder.

Review: ‘Crimson Peak’ is the epitome of a gothic horror romance Special

‘Crimson Peak’ is Guillermo del Toro’s stunning gothic horror romance that uses a deadly mystery to draw audiences into the Victorian ghost story.

Ontario to allow beer sales in some grocery stores

Toronto - The premier of the province of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announced the government will allow beer to be sold in up to 450 grocery stores.

Ontario's clean energy plan wins green approval Special

Toronto - Ontario has announced that it will instigate a so-called "cap-and-trade" system on carbon emissions from businesses. This move has been welcomed by environmental groups.

Canadian paleontologist helps crack turtle smuggling case

Vancouver - When wildlife officials needed help identifying several species of turtles and tortoises whose shells and shell fragments were sent unlawfully to an Ontario herbal supply company, they knew paleontologist Don Brinkman was their man.

Canada denies asylum, deports alleged Anonymous hacker to U.S.

Ontario - A former U.S. soldier who fled to Canada in the face of criminal charges filed after he was accused of computer hacking for the group Anonymous has been deported from Canada.

Bestival Toronto promises music, magic, and mayhem

Toronto - Bestival UK has confirmed that their trademark triumvirate of music, magic and mayhem will be heading to North America, taking over Toronto Islands on June 12th and 13th, 2015 for the first ever Bestival abroad.

Tourism numbers up in Toronto

Toronto - Toronto set new records in tourism by welcoming 14.3 million overnight visitors in 2014. Key drivers were a fourth consecutive year of growth in visitors from the U.S., and the highest number of overseas visitors ever in the destination.

Coaches banned from touching players in girls hockey league

Toronto - A Toronto girls hockey league has implemented a zero tolerance policy that bans coaches from touching benched players, even on the helmet.

Op-Ed: Vic Fedeli should propose eliminating minimum wage for youth

Toronto - Is anyone paying attention to the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership race? Probably not because we're still hanging our heads in shame for voting for Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. But we should start honing in on this race.

What you need to know about Ontario's new tougher smoking laws

It is getting harder for Ontario smokers these days. The number one cause of disease in Ontario, tobacco cigarettes, has new stronger laws that limit the areas where smokers can light up without being ticketed.

Review: The Tragically Hip's third album re-released as a two-CD set

Fully Completely was a major success for the Canadian rockers back in 1992, and now a new-and-improved version seeks to enhance the overall listening experience. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

Tiny kitten rescued from highway after being thrown from a car

Toronto - Driving South on Highway 427 in Toronto on Wednesday afternoon, Mandi Howard saw something being thrown out of a window. At first, she thought it was a fast-food coffee cup. Until she got closer.
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Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley accepting a plaque from the Ontario Black History Society...
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley accepting a plaque from the Ontario Black History Society.
Good Jobs for All - A community Labour-coalition
Good Jobs for All - A community Labour-coalition
Photos from the July 6  2013  Silver Willow Classic car and truck show in Mansfield  Ontario.
Photos from the July 6, 2013, Silver Willow Classic car and truck show in Mansfield, Ontario.
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Legislative Assembly Chamber
Climate Change: Greenhouse Gas  Hamilton Ontario Canada
Climate Change: Greenhouse Gas, Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Fort York cannon.
Fort York cannon.
City Councillor Michael Thompson.
City Councillor Michael Thompson.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive r...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is in production 363 days of the year, only closed on Christmas and New Years day. The company produces one beer only - Pilsner - which was selected to fill a gap in the craft beer market.
A Canadian great outdoors scene found in Dufferin Island Park during the 2013 Festival of Lights  Ni...
A Canadian great outdoors scene found in Dufferin Island Park during the 2013 Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Canada.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
The Honourable David C. Onley  Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe - First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and founder of Tor...
Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe - First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and founder of Toronto.
Ste Anne s Spa and Dorset Manor
Ste Anne's Spa and Dorset Manor
Toronto received Spring-like weather on Saturday and it prompted Torontonians from across the city t...
Toronto received Spring-like weather on Saturday and it prompted Torontonians from across the city to enjoy the weather, especially at the city's Harborfront.
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) at Toronto s Tommy Thompson Park
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) at Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen s Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Toronto Ontario  Canada - June 5  2012. Greg Taylor  left and Cam Heaps  two of the three co-founder...
Toronto Ontario, Canada - June 5, 2012. Greg Taylor, left and Cam Heaps, two of the three co-founders sit across from each other in the companies open concept office amonst their employees. The third co-founder Greg Cromwell lives in Australia. Located in a former Canadian Pacific Rail steam locomotive roundhouse, Steam Whistle brewery produces an average of 120,000 bottles of their Pilsner beer every day. During June and July their production will double to keep pace with demand. The company is