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Sandals says teachers not sicker than before

TORONTO —Education Minister Liz Sandals says it looks like Ontario teachers are taking more sick days because they lost the right to bank them and take a cash payout on retirement.

“There’s no reason to believe that they’re actually sicker than they were two years ago,” Sandals said with a chuckle as she entered a cabinet meeting yesterday.

Billings out of control: Hoskins

TORONTO—Health Minister Eric Hoskins complained yesterday about the billing practices of some Ontario doctors, who he said were taking hundreds of millions of dollars away from home care and other services.

“Unpredictable and frankly out of control billing by some doctors is a problem that creates huge income for some doctors, but it leaves less for family doctors,” said Hoskins.

Wynne defends fundraiser dinner

TORONTO—Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne denies a $6,000-a-head dinner co-sponsored with a high-powered lobbying firm is selling access to herself and her cabinet ministers.

Wynne said it’s her responsibility as a leader of a party to raise money—calling it part of the democratic process—and pointing out that all political parties in Ontario do both “high-end and low-end” fundraising.