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Disclosure of pharma payments mulled

TORONTO—Ontario is considering mandating the public disclosure of any payments private drug companies make to doctors—a move that would make it the first province to have such a requirement.

The province has started consulting with patient groups, health-care providers, and the pharmaceutical and medical device industries about the regulations that govern such payments.

Province launching new autism program

TORONTO—Ontario was to announce the launch of its new autism program today, which is expected to go much more smoothly than the Liberal government's last attempt that angered thousands of families and spawned large protests.

Children will begin moving into the new program June 26, Ontario's minister for children and youth services was due to announce.

Province to set $15 minimum wage

TORONTO—Ontario is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, ensuring equal pay for part-time workers, and increasing the minimum vacation entitlement as part of a major labour overhaul.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today in response to a government-commissioned report released last week that included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work.