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Toronto school board grapples with budget

TORONTO—Canada's largest school board says it may have to eliminate jobs, some programs and end some student busing to address a multimillion-dollar funding gap created by provincial cuts.

The Toronto District School Board's education director laid out the proposals which could help eliminate a $67-million budget shortfall — $42 million caused by a cut from the Ontario government.

Funds scrapped for problem gambling research agency

TORONTO—The Ontario government has eliminated funding to an organization that researches problem gambling, ordering it to wind down operations by the summer.

Gambling Research Exchange Ontario was told last month that its entire $2.5 million annual budget had been cut by the province.

It will have to cease operations by mid-July and 14 staff members will lose their jobs.

Legal Aid stops taking on new immigration cases

TORONTO—The head of Legal Aid Ontario says a funding cut from the provincial government means the agency's lawyers will stop accepting most new immigration and refugee clients beginning today.

Legal Aid CEO David Field says in a memo to staff today that the province has told the agency it can only use federal funding to cover new immigration and refugee services this year.

Online misinformation stoking fear of vaccines

TORONTO—Doctors in Ontario are warning that misinformation being spread online is undermining public trust in vaccines.

The Ontario Medical Association, which represents about 31,500 doctors in the province, has launched a public awareness campaign through Twitter, Facebook and traditional media in a bid to combat myths around vaccines.