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Ontario's climate policy 'frightening': watchdog

TORONTO—Ontario's environmental commissioner issued dire warnings yesterday about the “frightening” state of climate policy in the province as she delivered her office's last report.

The Progressive Conservative government announced last fall that it was eliminating the office of the environmental commissioner and merging its functions with the auditor general.

New autism supports for schools

TORONTO—School boards will get additional money to support students with autism, Ontario's education minister announced yesterday, as hundreds of kids soon may enter school because they will get less funding for therapy.

Autism and education advocates said the announcement does little to address a problem of the government's own making and attempts to turn teachers into therapists.

Province mulling single-use plastics ban

TORONTO—Ontario is weighing a ban on single-use plastics as part of a broader strategy to send less waste to landfills.

Nearly a tonne of waste per person in Ontario is generated each year and the rate at which that waste is diverted away from landfills—through recycling and composting, for example—has stalled around 30 percent for the past 15 years.