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New program providing free 'smart' thermostats

TORONTO—Eligible Ontario households will be able to get “smart” thermostats for free on a first-come, first-serve basis under a new government program.

Environment minister Chris Ballard yesterday announced that $377 million in proceeds from Ontario's cap-and-trade auctions this year will be used to establish a Green Ontario Fund.

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.