Health News Highlights
Health News Highlights is intended to provide OMA members with a snapshot of recent healthcare news, with links to the news articles.
Health News Highlights
Health News Highlights is intended to provide OMA members with a snapshot of recent healthcare news, with links to the news articles.



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    Title: Hamilton Health Sciences: Youth and vaping: no such thing as risk-free (hamiltonhealthsciences.ca)
    Description: (June 12, 2019) Vaping – it’s gone from relative obscurity to extreme popularity in just a few years. Vaping has recently gained cool status among teens for its reputation as a safer, less harmful, way to smoke. Because of its discrete look, sweet flavours,…
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    Title: Fraud losses that led to firings at Baycrest estimated to be at least $4 million (CP24.com)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) A leading geriatric health-care facility has fired, or accepted the resignations of, about 150 employees amid allegations they defrauded their benefits plan of millions of dollars over the past eight years…
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    Title: NOSM’s commitment to community involvement fills a niche in medical education, says the school’s new dean: Its strength comes from the parntnerships it has established in the community (Sudbury.com)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) The landscape of Ontario’s medical schools is more niche-oriented than those outside of the health-care field may be aware, and Laurentian’s Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) has its own unique place in that arena…
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    Title: Be wary of the heat this summer [Dr. Nadia Alam] (Independent Free Press)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) I took my kids to the Glen for Canada Day festivities. We had loads of fun, but the thing that struck me the most was the heat. At high noon, as the parade was in full swing, there was little to no breeze or shade to cool bystanders…
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    Title: Flu vaccine during pregnancy safe for both mother and child, study finds (CTV News)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) New research has found that despite some parents’ concerns, there appears to be no link between flu vaccination during pregnancy and later health problems in children…
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    Title: Don’t skip out on travel vaccinations – they could save your life (Global News)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) It’s a step experts say you shouldn’t skip — when you’re travelling abroad, make sure you have the right vaccinations…
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    Title: CIHI News Release: Falls and vehicle collisions top causes of injury hospitalizations for seniors (cihi.ca)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) In Canada, more than 137,500 seniors (age 65 and older) were hospitalized for injuries in 2017–2018, with most injuries caused by falls, according to new data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)…
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    Title: Falls are leading cause for seniors hospitalized due to injury: report (CTV News)
    Description: (July 11, 2019) Falls appear to be the leading cause of injuries that land seniors in hospital, according to newly released data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information that has experts calling for more preventative education on the issue…
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    Title: CMAJ: Recruiting clinicians to combat pseudoscience on social media (cmajnews.com)
    Description: (July 10, 2019) Dr. Austin Chiang is jumping into uncharted territory. The busy gastroenterologist, who holds the unique role of Chief Medical Social Media Officer at Jefferson Health – with its extensive network of physicians and offices throughout Pennsylvania…
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    Title: Flu vaccine safe for pregnant women, fetuses, Ottawa study shows: study followed more than 100K newborns until age 5 (CBC News)
    Description: (July 10, 2019) An Ottawa study shows no link between pregnant women receiving the H1N1 vaccine in 2009 and the health of their children in their first five years…
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    Title: Doctors’ perspective on billings in Ontario [Dr. Sohail Gandhi] (Toronto Star)
    Description: (July 9, 2019) The Toronto Star has recently featured a series of articles about doctors’ billings. These articles have raised some questions about the value of services doctors provide compared to the value other health care providers offer…
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    Title: Crackdown on unproven stem cell therapies long overdue, Ottawa doctor says: Dr. Michael Rudnicki says provinces need to follow Health Canada’s lead (CBC News)
    Description: (July 10, 2019) An Ottawa doctor says it’s about time Health Canada cracked down on clinics offering unproven and potentially unsafe treatments that inject patients with their own cells, and he’d like to see the provinces follow suit…
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    Title: Novartis launches rival to EpiPen for allergy emergencies amid shortage in U.S.: both adult and pediatric doses of Symjepi to be available immediately (CBC News)
    Description: (July 9, 2019) A unit of Novartis AG said it would make partner Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp’s emergency allergy shots immediately available in local pharmacies across the United States, amid a U.S. shortage of Mylan NV’s rival product, EpiPen…
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    Title: B.C. eye doctors warn province of spike in glaucoma cases linked to injections of eye drug; B.C. Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons takes unusual step of hiring lawyer to press its demand that provincial government halt use of Avastin (Globe and Mail)
    Description: (July 9, 2019) [Gated] Thousands of retinal-disease patients in British Columbia are being exposed to an “increased risk of severe glaucoma and peripheral blindness” because toxins may be leaching into an injectable medication that is widely used in that province,…
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    Title: Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over water quality: tap water shows potentially harmful levels of disinfection byproducts (CBC News)
    Description: (July 9, 2019) The Attawapiskat band council in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed tap water had potentially harmful levels of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) — byproducts of the disinfection process created…
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    Title: Ministry of Health New Release: Ontario expanding midwifery services: investment in frontline care will give up to 3,400 more families more choices (news.ontario.ca)
    Description: (June 8, 2019) With more than 140,000 babies being welcomed to the world each year in Ontario, families are looking for more options when it comes to choosing their care. That’s why Ontario’s Government for the People is investing in frontline care by expanding…
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    Title: Where is Canada’s plan to eliminate hepatitis C? Focusing on specific groups with tailored strategies is a way to tackle the threatening disease (Globe and Mail)
    Description: (July 9, 2019) [Gated] Nine countries – Australia, France, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Britain – are on track toward eliminating hepatitis C by 2030. Like those countries, Canada signed a pledge to eliminate the debilitating,…
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    Title: Doctors versus billing- OMA says it supports transparency on billings, June 29 [Dr. Sohail Gandhi] (Toronto Star)
    Description: (July 6, 2019) OMA says it supports transparency on billings, June 29. Thank you for the recent opportunity to answer some additional questions your reporters had about doctors’ billings. I am writing to clarify our position…
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    Title: Province cutting jobs at North Simcoe Muskoka health agency (simcoe.com)
    Description: (July 6, 2019) Close to a dozen jobs and 20 vacant positions are being eliminated at a regional agency responsible for overseeing health care in the area. The cuts at the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are part of a broader plan…
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    Title: Q&A: Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s medical officer of health, on dealing with Doug Ford’s cuts: measles is back, anti-vaxxers are on the march, but she’s still optimistic (Toronto Life)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) The Ford government recently announced hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to Toronto Public Health over the coming decade. Where were you when you heard the news?…
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    Title: Patients increasingly whipping out phones to film medical procedures (CityNews 1130)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat. We have to get the best videos to ensure our friends are still interested in us. But have you ever wanted to shoot a video of your doctor performing a medical procedure on you? New research is showing a big difference…
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    Title: Premier Ford, please help deliver pharmacare (St. Catharines Standard)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) Dear Premier Ford, June 12, 2019 could go down as a major milestone in the history of health care in Canada. But the people of Ontario need your help to make this so. On that day, an advisory council of experts delivered to Canada a detailed…
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    Title: Federal response to opioid crisis leaves half dissatisfied: poll (London Free Press)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) Almost half of Canadians aren’t satisfied with the federal government’s response to the deadly opioid drug crisis sweeping the country, especially in the West where the crisis began before moving east, a new national poll suggests…
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    Title: QW physician recruitment program signs third doctor (Belleville Intelligencer)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) Just one month after securing its second family physician, the Quinte West physician recruitment and retention program has signed Dr. Alicia Schreader to a medical services agreement…
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    Title: Culture change required for proper care of dementia patients (Toronto Sun)
    Description: (July 6, 2019) Expect to hear more about cognitive loss as seniors become an ever-larger segment of the population. Treatment for dementia and similar brain disorders has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, and new centres devoted entirely to the care…
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    Title: Toronto Public Health News Release: Toronto Public Health releases report on risks associated with increased access to alcohol (Toronto.ca)
    Description: (July 5, 2019) The Province of Ontario recently announced changes to how alcohol is sold in Ontario. Evidence shows that increasing access to alcohol is associated with increased consumption and potential for alcohol-related harms. Following a request from…
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    Title: City’s top doc warns of alcohol perils in new report on PC budget: ‘This isn’t about picking a fight with Doug Ford,’ board of health chair says (CBC News)
    Description: (July 6, 2019) The city’s medical officer of health is warning of serious side effects from provincial budget measures that loosen restrictions on alcohol consumption…
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    Title: CPSO Dialogue: Opioid prescribing (cpso.on.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) Addressing the challenges of legacy patients, the effect of the Canadian guidelines and the importance of patient collaboration…
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    Title: The story of the opioid crisis, told on skin (Globe and Mail)
    Description: (July 4, 2019) [Gated] The opioids crisis is killing an average of 12 people day in Canada, leaving friends and family struggling for ways to cope with a deep and sudden loss. One way is to record it on their skin…
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    Title: Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services News Release: Statement from the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Todd Smith :Supporting Ontario children and families living with autism (news.on.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) This morning, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Todd Smith, stood with his colleagues, Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, to announce our government’s…
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    Title: Ministry of Health News Release: Ontario expands newborn screening program province now leads Canada in newborn screening with new permanent hearing loss risk test (news.ontario.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) Genetic factors and infections are the leading causes of permanent hearing loss for newborns and young children. That’s why the Ontario government is putting people and patients first by continuing to deliver on its promise to protect what matters…
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    Title: Ministry of the Attorney General News Release: Ontario moving forward with next round of cannabis stores province to conduct second licence lottery, add 50 new stores (news.ontario.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) The Ontario Government is taking the next step to combat the illegal market and protect our youth and communities by moving to the next phase of its plan to license private cannabis retail stores. This is in response to the federal government’s…
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    Title: CMAJ News: Challenges of treating chronic pain contributing to burnout in primary care (cmajnews.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) Primary care providers who treat patients with chronic pain appear to be exhibiting signs of burnout, in large part because they often feel unable to help patients overcome their complex challenges…
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    Title: Hospital News: Physical and mental illnesses combined increase emergency department visits (hospitalnews.com)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) People with both physical illnesses and mental disorders visit the emergency department more frequently than people with multiple physical illnesses or mental illness alone, according to a study in CMAJ (http://www.cmaj.ca/content/191/26/E724)……
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    Title: U of T News: Vivek Goel re-appointed U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation, takes on expanded role (utoronto.ca)
    Description: (June 27, 2019) The University of Toronto ranks among the world’s top universities when it comes to research output and impact – and, increasingly, it’s seeking to harness the sheer size and scope of its research footprint to solve some of the world’s toughest…
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    Title: Hospital for Sick Kids: Drs. Ray Buncic and Chaim Roifman appointed to Order of Canada (sickkids.ca)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) Dr. Ray Buncic, Staff Ophthalmologist, Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, and Dr. Chaim Roifman, Staff Physician, Immunology and Allergy at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) were recently appointed as Members of the Order of Canada…
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    Title: Hospital ER visits declining, but Windsor Regional Hospital seeing sicker patients: Windsor hospital says caretakers are also seeing more patients with mental health and addiction needs (CBC News)
    Description: (July 4, 2019) Though Windsor Regional Hospital is seeing a steady decline in ER visits, hospital president and CEO David Musyj says his facility is seeing sicker patients come through the doors…
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    Title: Facebook to tackle posts with misleading health claims: social media company said it had made 2 updates last month to reduce posts with ‘sensational’ claims (CBC News)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was taking steps to reduce promotion of products based on misleading health-related claims. In a blog post, the social media company said it had made two updates last month to reduce posts with exaggerated or “sensational”…
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    Title: Ford says government needs to determine real number of autism waitlist after internal review found PCs inflated size (Globe and Mail)
    Description: (Jul 2, 2019) [Gated] Mr. Ford offered conflicting statements about the size of the waitlist and whether he accepted that previous estimates were inaccurate. Premier Doug Ford says his government needs to determine the real number of children waiting for autism…
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    Title: ByWard Market supervised injection trailer to get permanent home: will be set up in Shepherds of Good Hope building; likely open in 2020 (CBC News)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) A permanent supervised injection site will be built in the ByWard Market, replacing the one in a converted construction trailer in the parking lot of the Shepherds of Good Hope shelter on Murray Street…
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    Title: Overdose prevention workers save thousands of lives, but who’s saving theirs? (Toronto Star)
    Description: (July 3, 2019) [Gated] Keren Elumir saves lives at the Moss Park overdose prevention site in Toronto. It is relentless work: a particularly bad day saw 10 people overdose in a six-hour period. “We were kind of joking the other day that we cleaned the entire…
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    Title: The Drinker: ‘It ripped me apart’ — Windsor man among legions of Canadians battling alcohol dependency (Windsor Star)
    Description: (July 1, 2019) With so much attention focused on deadly addictions to opioids and meth, alcohol has been overshadowed, despite that it costs society more — in dollars and deaths. Starting today, Postmedia examines the Southwestern Ontario toll in a three-part…
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    Title: Rural communities facing ‘stark choice’ over care home cuts: provincial funding cuts may mean some municipalities reduce services (CBC News)
    Description: (July 1, 2019) Municipalities in eastern Ontario are facing the choice of either funding long-term care homes themselves or reducing services to make up for cuts from the provincial government…
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    Title: Marijuana at a young age can have long-term consequences: Dr. Raj Basker says there are roughly 400 chemicals within cannabis but we only know 4 of them (CBC News)
    Description: (July 2, 2019) The 1980’s mantra of ‘just say no’ to drugs may sound like a tired cliché — but doctors dealing with teen addiction say it’s time to bring it back…
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    Title: Statistics Canada: Suicide among First Nations people, Métis and Inuit (2011-2016): findings from the 2011 Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC) (150.statcan.gc.ca)
    Description: (June 28, 2019) Previous research has extensively documented the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization, forced placement of Indigenous children in residential schools in the 19th and the 20th centuries, removal of Indigenous children from their families…
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    Title: Second-hand harm from alcohol ‘extremely prevalent’ according to new study (Global News)
    Description: (July 1, 2019) Just like cigarettes, alcohol creates second-hand harms, a new study suggests. Over a 12-month period, more than one in five women and nearly one in four men experienced some harm related to someone else’s drinking, in a study published in the…
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    Title: Canadian Paediatric Society News Release: Young children at risk from cannabis edibles, according to new data from the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program (cps.ca)
    Description: (June 27, 2019) The number of young children needing medical care after accidentally ingesting cannabis has been on the rise since Canada legalized recreational use of the drug last October, according to preliminary results from a Canadian Paediatric Surveillance…
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    Title: Study links diet of ultra-processed foods to chronic disease risk: “The higher the consumption of ultra-processed foods, the lower the consumption of real, whole foods” (CBC News)
    Description: (June 27, 2019) New research from the University of Montreal links diets high in ultra-processed foods including carbonated drinks, mass-produced cookies and ice cream, and sweetened yogurts to chronic disease…
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    Title: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada: Recommendations from a national panel on quality improvement in obstetrics (jogc.com)
    Description: (May 2019) This paper describes the recommendations of a national panel on quality improvement in obstetrics to identify priorities for action among five areas of greatest medico-legal risk. Using previously conducted medico-legal data analyses and a systematic…
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    Title: Health Canada News Release: Health Canada announces new reporting requirements for hospitals (newswire.ca)
    Description: (June 26, 2019) Drugs and medical devices are an important part of Canada’s health care system, helping Canadians treat and prevent a variety of conditions. However, all drugs and devices involve risks, including the potential for serious side effects leading…
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    Title: Health Canada News Release: Health Canada finalizes regulations to better protect Canadians who use reproductive technologies to build their families (newswire.ca)
    Description: (June 26, 2019) Many Canadians turn to assisted human reproduction procedures to help safely build their families, and they expect to be able to do so safely and with peace of mind…
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    Title: Baby among kids hospitalized for cannabis-related sickness since legalization: study (CTV News)
    Description: (June 27, 2019) A seven-month-old baby was among a “significant” number of children requiring medical care for “serious adverse events” involving cannabis since legalization last October, according to a new study…
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    Title: Ontario health report recommends more virtual visits, sharing ER wait times (cp24.com)
    Description: (June 25, 2019) Accessing medical records through a secure app, texting with health-care providers, using e-consultations for specialists – those are some of the ways Ontario’s special adviser on health care envisions the increased use of virtual care in the…
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    Title: Ontario Cannabis Store was government body with most complaints to the ombudsman: dedicated team was established to handle large volume of complaints (CBC News)
    Description: (June 25, 2019) Grievances from frustrated pot customers have given the Ontario Cannabis Store the dubious distinction of being the government organization that was the subject of the most complaints to the province’s ombudsman…
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    Title: Hospital lab will no longer serve walk-in patients (Clinton News Record)
    Description: (June 20, 2019) Laboratory operations at the hospitals in Seaforth and Clinton are facing changes because of staffing challenges, according to the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance…
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    Title: BCHS ‘absolutely committed’ to keeping Willett open (Brantford Expositor)
    Description: (June 25, 2019) Efforts are underway to improve services offered by The Willett Urgent Care Centre in Paris, says a spokesperson for the Brant Community Healthcare System…
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    Title: Public Health Agency of Canada News Release: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada: an update on her vision and areas of focus (newswire.ca)
    Description: (June 26, 0219) As I mark my second anniversary as the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, I am struck by the complex public health challenges we face. These deeply rooted issues involve interconnected social drivers that demand collaborative and comprehensive…
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    Title: Some health benefits of walkable neighbourhoods may be offset by higher air pollution: study (Global News)
    Description: (June 25, 2019) Being able to walk to and from work, errands and your home is great, but you might not be getting all the health benefits you expect if your neighbourhood has a lot of air pollution, a new study suggests…
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    Title: News Release: Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine releases second report: report provides recommendations on building a sustainable health care system (news.ontario.ca)
    Description: (June 25, 2019) The Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine today released its second report, providing advice on how to build a modern, sustainable and integrated health care system and solve the problem of hallway medicine…
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    Title: Ontario government won’t ‘deviate’ from fiscal plan, says new finance minister: “When we make a mistake, we’ll correct that mistake,’ adds Rod Phillips (CBC News)
    Description: (June 24, 2019) Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips says the provincial government has no plans to “deviate” from its controversial fiscal priorities but it will admit mistakes when it makes them…