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Past articles by Kristin:

Education Minister Stephen Lecce orders Peel school board to stop throwing out books

Trustees, parents and the minister of education were pointing fingers Wednesday over who is to blame for half-empty library shelves at Peel public schools in the wake of a rapid book purge that included Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ and Harry Potter series. → Read More

Flood and drought among biggest climate change concerns in Ontario, report says

The assessment found that “overall, extreme heat, extreme precipitation and seasonal temperature-related impacts are the drivers of highest risks across Ontario.” → Read More

Ontario’s $30B problem: From simple bandages to pharmaceuticals and medical tech, province missing opportunity to save taxpayers millions, report finds

Chamber of Commerce urges province to look for long-term value and not just short-term savings in its annual procurements. → Read More

TVO talks resume as strike enters fourth week

The employees walked off the job Aug. 21 and continue to picket outside TVO headquarters. → Read More

Doug Ford wants Ottawa to let Canada’s Bombardier bid on supplying military planes

Ford will urge fellow premiers to support a move to let the federal government know it’s important to open up procurement processes so Canadian companies can take part. → Read More

‘Shovels in the ground faster’: Frustrated by long delays, Doug Ford plans to push other premiers to support better co-ordination with Ottawa for big infrastructure projects

Frustrated in particular by the decade-plus of delays to the Ring of Fire critical mineral project in northern Ontario Ford is hoping to get the country’s 12 other provincial and territorial leaders on side at the Council of the Federation. → Read More

Men still make more money than women in Ontario, and the gap has barely budged in years. Here's why

The slow progress tells us “we’ve done as much as we could given the structure we have and given the responsibilities that we typically put on women as opposed to men.” → Read More

Cursive writing — and typing — will return to Ontario schools this fall

The province is also bringing back a focus on phonics starting in Kindergarten to help boost reading skills. → Read More

This provincial park in Muskoka is about to get a big upgrade — and camp sites. Here’s what you need to know

The existing 5,000-acre Bigwind park will be redesignated a year-round site with overnight campgrounds as well as backcountry camping, all-season yurts or cabins, plus canoeing, hiking and skiing. → Read More

Mitzie Hunter has a track record of getting things done. Why has she struggled to gain traction?

The former MPP and cabinet minister has enthusiasm and energy, say colleagues. But she’s struggled in the polls in the mayoral election. → Read More

Doug Ford shoots down mayor’s idea of amalgamating municipalities in York Region

Just as quickly as the idea was proposed, it was quashed by the premier on Thursday. → Read More

Amid shortage of skilled trade workers, Ontario sees jump in apprentices

The increased interest comes amid a big push by the provincial government to boost the number of apprentices → Read More

Sport ‘needs to change,’ says Ontario minister as referee body-cam project begins for youth soccer

Starting this month, Ontario Soccer is providing body cameras to referees, mainly in the under-nine and under-11 age groups. → Read More

Should people have access to their partner’s violent history? Ontario is one step closer to making it happen

A motion that paves the way for an Ontario law allowing people access to information about a partner’s past charges or criminal convictions has been unanimously approved by all parties. → Read More

Toronto city councillor gets Tory nomination in provincial byelection

Long-time city councillor and former school board trustee Gary Crawford will run for the Ontario PC Party when the Scarborough-Guildwood byelection is called. → Read More

First Nation sues Ontario over land the same day ROM returns 200-year-old pipe to it

The pipe is among a number of items the ROM will be returning to the Sault Ste. Marie-area Ojibwa Anishinaabe First Nation → Read More

After 50 years, Ontario removes bald eagles from its at-risk list. How did this ‘big win’ happen?

The province has declared the bird of prey now “not at risk” from its most recent status of “special concern.” → Read More

Life jackets on children is not the law in Ontario. That may be about to change

Carleton MPP Goldie Ghamari has introduced a private member’s bill, Joshua’s Law, named in honour of a young boy from her riding who died in a boating accident. → Read More

Ontario is first province to make mental health lessons mandatory in Grade 10

MPP Natalie Pierre lost her son to suicide almost six years ago, and pledged to advocate for better mental health education. → Read More

An Ontario law to identify domestic abusers seems like common sense. It’s not as simple as it sounds

The British government implemented Clare’s Law in 2014, giving people the right to confidentially receive information about a partner’s past. → Read More