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Bill tabled to prevent OPG strike

TORONTO—The Ontario government introduced legislation yesterday that would prevent a strike or lockout at one of the province's major power utilities—a move its said was necessary to avoid power outages over the holidays.

Labour minister Laurie Scott said that if passed, the bill would send the dispute between the Power Workers' Union and Ontario Power Generation to arbitration.

Hospital beds funded ahead of 'flu season

TORONTO—Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province's health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.

Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario's hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.