By Allison Jones

Provincial politicians are returning to Ontario’s legislature today and the opposition parties plan to press the government for more solutions to a health staffing crisis and to raise disability support payment rates. The first order of business in the new session is electing a Speaker, and two Tories are vying […]

By Stephanie Taylor

OTTAWA – The Conservative leadership candidates who showed up for the last official debate of the race on Wednesday evening began reflecting on what they have heard from Canadians throughout the contest. “You have had a enough of losing,” said Jean Charest, as he described hearing from Conservative party members […]

By Paola Loriggio

People who call for an ambulance in Ontario may have to wait longer for one to arrive as health-care staffing shortages and recent temporary emergency room closures slow down emergency services’ response, a paramedics’ group said Friday. Ambulance offload delays – when paramedics wait in an emergency department for a […]

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter and Maan Alhmidi

TORONTO – Ontario parents expressed excitement and relief Thursday as the province opened COVID-19 vaccine bookings for babies and preschoolers, with shots for some set to be administered later in the day. Appointments for children aged six months to under five years were available through the province’s online booking portal, […]

By J.P. Antonacci
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Hamilton Spectator

As Pope Francis ends his self-described “penitential pilgrimage” across Canada, residential school survivors and their advocates are turning up the pressure on the Vatican to release its records pertaining to the schools. “I’ve been in the job for just over a month now, and every single community I’ve been to, […]

By Jacob Serebrin

MONTREAL – Growing inequality could reverse a decade of progress made in the fight against HIV, the director-general of the World Health Organization told an international AIDS conference in Montreal Monday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who addressed the AIDS 2022 conference by video, said the “overlapping crises” of COVID-19, inflation and […]

By Marie-Danielle Smith

OTTAWA – Despite pandemic slowdowns, Correctional Service Canada is still planning to expand the needle exchange programs currently offered at nine federal prisons, government officials say. At a presentation given to the International AIDS Conference in Montreal on Friday, Henry de Souza, the agency’s director general of clinical services and […]

By Jordan Omstead

TORONTO – An Ontario nurses union says it fears health-care staffing shortages may worsen in the Toronto area after a hospital network in the city had to use nursing students and medical residents to backstop an emergency department over the weekend. The University Health Network said Monday that it was […]


Toronto police say they’ve opened a homicide investigation after a woman died following an alleged assault. They say officers responded to reports of an assault at a residence in the city’s east end just before 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say a man in his 30s was arrested at the scene. […]