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All eyes on trials as MPPs return

TORONTO—Ontario politicians returned to the legislature yesterday after a three-month summer break under the shadow of two Liberal trials happening simultaneously in Toronto and Sudbury.

The Liberal government is planning a packed fall agenda, with a major labour reform bill, a marijuana distribution law, and various other pieces of legislation to be passed.

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.