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Past articles by Rob:

Doug Ford’s private surgery centre proposal will hurt hospitals, doctors’ college warns

Concerns over loss of staff and waits times for urgent care will grow if the premier goes through with his plan to help clear a backlog from the COVID-19 pandemic, warns the regulatory body for Ontario’s doctors. → Read More

Ontario offering free naloxone kits to help workplaces deal with overdoses

Minister says overdoses have soared in the last two decades, killing a record 2,819 people in the province last year alone, an increase from 336 in 2003. → Read More

Marion Boyd, Ontario’s first woman attorney general, dead at 76

Marion Boyd, Ontario’s first woman attorney general who helped point the way to same-sex benefits and approved controversial plea deal with Karla Homolka, has died. → Read More

MPPs spent $95.21 on groceries for two weeks to send Doug Ford a message. Here’s what they found

As they wrap up a self-imposed, two-week “social assistance diet” on grocery budgets of $95.21 — in hopes of pressuring Premier Doug Ford to double rates paid to recipients — several New Democrat MPPs described what it’s been like. → Read More

Ontario receives ‘limited’ number of new bivalent COVID-19 vaccines

But there is no word yet on when the general public will be able to get the shots aimed at blunting a fall and winter wave. → Read More

Controversy over former NDP candidates continues as Andrea Horwath releases campaign ads

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is releasing a fresh salvo of election ads as ousted Hamilton-area MPP Paul Miller takes shots at the party heading into Ontario’s June 2 election campaign. → Read More

Ontario’s top doctor warns Omicron restrictions likely to continue past Jan. 26

The closures of indoor restaurant dining, gyms, movie theatres and other restrictions could remain in place beyond their scheduled expiry, Dr. Kieran Moore warns. → Read More

Doug Ford says no to taxing the unvaxxed

Ontario will not follow Quebec’s lead with a health tax on residents not vaccinated against COVID-19, Premier Doug Ford said. → Read More

Ontario adds hundreds of foreign-trained nurses to pandemic-battered hospitals

Ontario is throwing hundreds of internationally trained nurses into the COVID-19 fight but critics point out the system is thousands of nurses short. → Read More

Doug Ford urged to call in the military as Omicron threatens to overwhelm Ontario hospitals

With more hospitals across Ontario hitting an Omicron crunch by the day, pressure is increasing on Premier Doug Ford to prevent a looming crisis amid the double whammy of rising patient numbers and staff isolating at home with symptoms. → Read More

Tories bet on Liberal to oversee Ontario Lottery and Gaming

Jim Warren fills a vacancy left by ex-chair, Peter Deeb, who resigned ‘for personal reasons’ earlier this year amid controversy. → Read More

Eye exams back on Tuesday as Ontario and optometrists agree to talks

Eye exams for children, seniors and social assistance recipients are back on starting Tuesday in a truce between optometrists and Ontario government → Read More

Should COVID-19 vaccinations be mandatory for all hospital workers? Ontario hasn’t decided yet

The question of mandatory COVID-19 shots for hospital workers won’t be settled until next month despite calls from opposition parties for Premier Doug... → Read More

Ontario nursing homes get $270M to hire 4,000 workers

Nursing homes across Ontario will share an extra $270 million to hire 4,000 more nurses and personal support workers by March as Premier Doug Ford’s g... → Read More

‘This virus isn’t going away’: Top doctor warns Ontario to brace for surge in new COVID-19 cases

Ontario’s vaccination rate slowed over the Labour Day weekend and needs to ramp back up to provide better protection against COVID-19, says Ontario’s ... → Read More

Ontario could unveil plans for COVID-19 vaccination passports as early as Wednesday

Ontario will unveil a COVID-19 vaccination passport system for entry into restaurants, gyms, theatres and other non-essential venues as early as Wedne... → Read More

Stephen Lecce’s home targeted by anti-vaccine protesters

York Regional Police were dispatched to Education Minister Stephen Lecce’s home twice in the last two days as anti-vaccine protesters shouted and wave... → Read More

Ontario tells school boards to set up clinics to boost student, teacher vaccinations

In a push to get more COVID-19 shots into students and teachers with the Delta variant surging, Ontario is directing school boards and regional public... → Read More

Nursing homes join call that Doug Ford make vaccines mandatory for health workers

Hit hard by infections, deaths and devastating staff shortages during the first two waves of the pandemic, nursing homes are joining the call for Prem... → Read More

Ontario’s top doctor issues a ‘call for arms’ to get vaccinated

New statistics show 83 per cent of Ontarians who became infected with COVID-19 recently had not been vaccinated, chief medical officer Dr. Kieran Moor... → Read More