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Keith Leslie

Layoffs will hurt patients: nurses

TORONTO—The Ontario Nurses’ Association is sounding the alarm about layoffs of registered nurses by cash-strapped hospitals—and warns patients will pay the price.

The union, which represents 60,000 registered nurses, says 770 RN positions were cut across Ontario last year, and hospitals in Windsor and Kitchener already have announced more RN layoffs this month.

Hydro bills set to rise

TORONTO—A series of regulatory and fee changes are set to take effect in Ontario on Jan. 1, including increases in electricity bills and a break for natural gas users.

The debt retirement charge of about $70 a year is being eliminated from hydro bills, but so is a 10 percent discount program that saved the average residential consumer about $200 a year.