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Ontario creating 1,200 hospital beds

TORONTO—The Ontario government is spending $100 million to add hundreds of new beds to hospitals across the province to address the issue of overcrowded wards ahead of what's expected to be a bad 'flu season.

Health minister Eric Hoskins, who made the announcement yesterday, said adding the 1,200 beds is the equivalent of opening six medium-sized hospitals.

Province to create safe zones around abortion clinics

TORONTO—Ontario will create safe zones around abortion clinics to protect women who seek their services and the health-care workers who perform them, Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said yesterday.

Naqvi said the zones, which will extend 50-150 metres around Ontario's eight abortion clinics, are designed to protect women who choose to access the services.

Hospital could re-open to address bed shortage

TORONTO—The province is considering re-opening a shuttered Toronto hospital site to address overcrowded wards in the region—a plan that could create 150 new beds.

Ontario is looking at the Humber River Hospital's Finch site that was closed last year to move operations to a new facility a few kilometres away, Health minister Eric Hoskins said yesterday.