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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.

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.