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College students back in classroom

TORONTO—Half-a-million Ontario college students have the option of walking away from a now-condensed fall semester with a full tuition refund in the aftermath of a five-week-long faculty strike.

Students will have two weeks from the resumption of classes today to decide whether or not they want to continue with the semester, Advanced Education minister Deb Matthews said yesterday.

Province moving to end strike at colleges

TORONTO—Ontario's Liberal government is moving to introduce back-to-work legislation that would end a nearly five-week strike by college faculty, though opposition from the NDP means it may not happen quickly.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said unanimous support of the legislation would have meant students could return to class Monday morning.

Province to spend millions on new seniors strategy

Ontario plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next four years on a seniors' health-care plan that will increase the number of long-term care beds in the province and hours of care provided by staff.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement Tuesday, laying out the government's 20-point plan—called “Aging with Confidence”—to bolster services for seniors.

Ontario creating 1,200 hospital beds

TORONTO—The Ontario government is spending $100 million to add hundreds of new beds to hospitals across the province to address the issue of overcrowded wards ahead of what's expected to be a bad 'flu season.

Health minister Eric Hoskins, who made the announcement yesterday, said adding the 1,200 beds is the equivalent of opening six medium-sized hospitals.