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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.

Sexual assault: Man charged bizzare assaults on female feet

York Regional Police in Toronto have arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with a series of assaults on women and their feet. The alleged assaults have all taken place in the past eight days.

Op-Ed: Holiday happenings in Toronto

Toronto - The holiday season is a time to reflect upon another year soon to be behind us, spend time with family and friends, and also a great time of year to bundle up and enjoy all that the city of Toronto has to offer.

Ontario family says chemo for aboriginal child ‘uncalled for’

Ontario - An Ontario family of an aboriginal child who is the center of attention about whether she should be isolated from her family and given chemotherapy treatment states the box was "uncalled for" and that they would not ever hurt a child's well-being.

Blackberry slowly seeing success

Despite concerns about the subsiding of Blackberry, CEO John Chen and the company have completed the first phase of their two-year turnaround plan.

Toronto's Ford era is over; John Tory elected mayor

Toronto - Toronto decided to elect long-time politician John Tory to lead the city. Tory took 40 percent of the votes, with Doug Ford (Rob Ford's brother) finished second and Olivia Chow in third.

Canadian patient tests negative for Ebola

Toronto - A Canadian being treated in a Toronto-area hospital after showing symptoms of a flu-like illness, including fever, is breathing a lot easier today after testing negative for Ebola Virus.

Op-Ed: Lake Huron is not the best place for a nuclear waste dump

What would you think if you found out a company was going to build a nuclear waste dump right next to one of the Great Lakes? It seems that this is what has been proposed, but a lot of people are questioning the feasibility of such a project.

Op-Ed: Election Day Ontario — The vote for Ontario’s least incompetent

For those in Ontario, Election Day has arrived. Yes, today, Thursday June 12th, voters head to the polls to elect Ontario’s 41st head of provincial government.

Toronto's Field Trip Festival

Toronto - Field Trip returns June 7 and 8, expanding from its celebration of music label Arts & Crafts' 10th anniversary celebration, into a two-day boutique music and arts festival taking place at Fort York & Garrison Common in downtown Toronto.

Youth water education flows through Ontario this summer Special

Toronto - The Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) is supporting the Children’s Water Education Council (CWEC), by participating at various Children’s Water Festivals this summer.

Kitchener, Ont. family shocked at sharing home with 50,000 bees

Kitchener - A family in Kitchener, Ont., Canada had absolutely no idea what was sharing their home, until one family member was stung by a bee. Turns out there were thousands of honeybees living in their walls.
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The heavy rain expected to hit London, Ontario, Tuesday afternoon was very short-lived and not accompanied by the forecast high winds which, it was feared, might be even stronger in gusts.
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At the second annual Family Day festival at the Beaches area in downtow Toronto, hundreds of families and thousands of people enjoyed the sights of animals from around the world and the sounds of little dogs giving tricks.
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Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) at Toronto s Tommy Thompson Park
Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) at Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park
The Honourable David C. Onley  Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
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From left to Right: Gail Peach, interim CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, Donna Fairley, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils, and Dr. Phyllis Hymmen, President of Concerned Friends of Ontario Citizens in Care Facilities.
Muskrat in Toronto s Tommy Thompson Park
Muskrat in Toronto's Tommy Thompson Park
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Good Jobs for All - A community Labour-coalition
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One of the early acts, the T33 Mako Shark demonstration, coming up over the trees to waiting spectators.
Legislative Assembly of Ontario located at Queen s Park in Toronto  Ontario  Canada
Legislative Assembly of Ontario located at Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Statue of John MacDonald Prime Minister of Ontario 1867 - 1871.
Statue of John MacDonald Prime Minister of Ontario 1867 - 1871.
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.
Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
Endangered African penguin (Spheniscus demersus) at Toronto Zoo
The new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in the heart of Yorkville
The new Four Seasons Hotel Toronto in the heart of Yorkville
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