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MPPs united against Quebec's religious law

TORONTO—Ontario politicians yesterday took the unusual step of using time in the legislature to unanimously condemn a law passed by Quebec that bans anyone from giving or receiving public services with their face covered.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario and Quebec have a very close working relationship, but on this issue they fundamentally disagree.

Province to require public disclosure of pharma payments

TORONTO—Wide-ranging legislation introduced yesterday by the Ontario government will require public disclosure of payments that pharmaceutical companies make to doctors, increase inspections for splash pads, barber shops, and nail shops, and licence medical device operators who use X-ray machines, CT scanners, and MRIs.

All eyes on trials as MPPs return

TORONTO—Ontario politicians returned to the legislature yesterday after a three-month summer break under the shadow of two Liberal trials happening simultaneously in Toronto and Sudbury.

The Liberal government is planning a packed fall agenda, with a major labour reform bill, a marijuana distribution law, and various other pieces of legislation to be passed.

Bribery trial hears from key witness

SUDBURY, Ont.—The man at the centre of bribery allegations against two Ontario Liberals believed they were offering him opportunities within the party and not government appointments, court heard Friday.

Pat Sorbara, the Ontario Liberal Party CEO at the time of the allegations, and Gerry Lougheed, a local Liberal fundraiser, are facing bribery charges under the Election Act.