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Fund earmarked for school repairs axed

TORONTO—Ontario's new Tory government has cancelled a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs this year—a cut that comes as a result of Doug Ford's campaign promise to scrap the province's cap-and-trade system.

School boards were notified on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered.

Tory transition to power underway

TORONTO—From choosing cabinet members and hiring political aides to picking office space and conducting background checks on legislators, Ontario's newly-elected Progressive Conservatives must tackle a lengthy to-do list as they prepare to take power for the first time in 15 years—and observers say their decisions could set the tone for the rest of their term.

NDP unveil platform for June election

TORONTO—Ontario's New Democrats are promising free child-care for families earning less than $40,000 and a boost to hospital budgets if elected this spring, but say they would run multi-year deficits to pay for their plan.

The promises are part of the party's election platform, called “Change for the Better,” released yesterday—a month-and-a-half ahead of the June vote.