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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.

Hospital could re-open to address bed shortage

TORONTO—The province is considering re-opening a shuttered Toronto hospital site to address overcrowded wards in the region—a plan that could create 150 new beds.

Ontario is looking at the Humber River Hospital's Finch site that was closed last year to move operations to a new facility a few kilometres away, Health minister Eric Hoskins said yesterday.

Tough penalties for drug-impaired driving

TORONTO—Ontario plans to introduce tough new penalties for drug-impaired drivers ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana next July.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said yesterday there will be zero tolerance for youths aged 21 and under, novice drivers, and all commercial drivers in Ontario who have a detectable presence of drugs or alcohol in their system.