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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.

Province to create safe zones around abortion clinics

TORONTO—Ontario will create safe zones around abortion clinics to protect women who seek their services and the health-care workers who perform them, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said yesterday.

Naqvi said the zones, which will extend 50-150 metres around Ontario's eight abortion clinics, are designed to protect women who choose to access the services.