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Assisted dying law coming soon

OTTAWA—The Liberal government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically-assisted dying in long-awaited new legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned.

Sources, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the imminent bill, say it won’t adopt some of the most controversial recommendations from a special parliamentary committee.

Age cut-off lowered for autism therapy

TORONTO—Ontario children with autism aged five or older no longer qualify for government-funded intensive therapy—a move critics say is leaving many families in the lurch.

The Liberal government announced a new Ontario Autism Program with $333 million in funding, but changes include limiting Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children aged two-four.

Cancer faker sentenced

CALGARY—A Calgary woman who pretended she had cancer and bilked friends and co-workers out of thousands of dollars has been found guilty of fraud.

Lana Rovang has been sentenced a 60-day sentence to be served on weekends for defrauding people out of $20,000 between December 2012 and June 2013.

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.

New study released on testicular cancer

CALGARY—Testicular cancer is the most common form of the disease in young males and a new study out of the University of Calgary is showing a cure rate of almost 100 percent in patients who are disease-free two years after diagnosis and treatment.

About 1,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year and if it is caught early, the survival rate is 99 percent.