TORONTO—Ontario's social services ministry directed autism therapy providers in the fall to only take on new clients with previous service commitments, but the minister denied yesterday the move amounted to freezing the wait list for treatment.
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TORONTO—Ontario is consolidating its local and provincial health networks to create a central agency as part of a system overhaul, the health minister announced today, though she wouldn't say if the move will save money or lead to job losses.
TORONTO—An arbitrator has awarded Ontario doctors a new contract in a ruling that puts no hard cap on the physician services budget, a decision that comes after a years-long fracture in doctors' relationship with the government.
TORONTO—Ontario's education minister is defending the $140,000 salary for a failed Tory candidate to lead a standardized testing organization—a job that was previously a part-time appointment.
TORONTO—Higher sales and corporate income tax revenues have pushed Ontario's deficit down $1 billion, the Progressive Conservative government said yesterday as it released its third-quarter finances.
That means the deficit for 2018-19, according to the Tories, is projected to be $13.5 billion.
TORONTO—Changes to Ontario's autism program are raising concerns that thousands of autistic children who will receive fewer hours of therapy will be pushed into schools unable to properly accommodate them.
TORONTO—Ontario is overhauling its autism program in an attempt to clear a waiting list of 23,000 children, but families and advocates say that backlog will be eliminated at the expense of the amount and quality of treatment.
TORONTO—Ontario's health minister yesterday was forced to make assurances that long-term care inspections and the province's air ambulance service will not be privatized, as leaked documents appear to peg those services for “outsourcing.”
TORONTO—On any given day, at least 1,000 people are being treated in Ontario hospital hallways, according to the special adviser on health care, who says “tough decisions” will be required to fix the problem.
The first report from Dr. Rueben Devlin and the premier's council on improving health care says hallway medicine is a significant problem in Ontario.
TORONTO—Premier Doug Ford isn't guaranteeing that full-day kindergarten will continue beyond the next school year.
The program was introduced by former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty and was fully rolled out in 2014.
It saves families thousands of dollars a year in child care costs but it costs the government $1.5 billion a year.