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What can we do about TTC violence? There’s ‘no magic answer’

A spate of violent attacks in Toronto is symptomatic of a broader mental health crisis that requires an emergency federal summit, Mayor John Tory said Wednesday, as the city recorded another attack on its imperilled transit system. A 16-year-old was the victim of a daytime stabbing on an Etobicoke bus, even as officials attempted to …

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‘We’re not going to be signing deals’: Justin Trudeau to meet with premiers as pressure builds for more health-care funding

HAMILTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is downplaying the prospects of signing a final health-care funding deal with the provinces at a high-stakes first ministers’ meeting he is convening in Ottawa on Feb. 7. On Wednesday, Trudeau cast the long-awaited health summit with provincial and territorial leaders as a working meeting, not one that will …

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Woman charged with attempted murder in TTC streetcar stabbing

The Toronto Police Service has identified the suspect who allegedly stabbed a 23-year-old woman in the head and face multiple times on a Spadina streetcar Tuesday afternoon. Leah Valdez, 43, from Toronto, allegedly approached and stabbed the young woman on a TTC streetcar heading southbound on Spadina Avenue and Sussex Avenue. Police say Valdez didn’t …

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Here’s how long Toronto’s ‘record-breaking’ snowstorm could last

Toronto could get a record-breaking amount of snow starting Wednesday, according to a snowfall warning issued by Environment Canada on Tuesday. The agency is warning that a Texas low will bring a “significant” snowstorm that could reduce visibility and impact travel plans for Torontonians this week. Similar weather alerts are in effect for the Peel, …

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Doug Ford is championing mobility for health-care workers. Some experts say that’s a good idea

The rest of Canada should follow Ontario by clearing the way for doctors, nurses and other health professionals to quickly work in other provinces as a way of easing staff shortages, an independent think tank states in a wide-ranging new report on fixing health care. The Public Policy Forum says changes must begin with the …

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Woman stabbed multiple times on TTC streetcar, female suspect arrested

A young woman was stabbed multiple times in the head and face on a Spadina streetcar Tuesday afternoon in what’s believed to be a random attack, the latest in a series of violent incidents on Toronto’s transit system that left riders fearful and union leaders calling for governments to step in. The attack comes one …

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Justin Trudeau’s spending plans will be threatened by higher interest rates and looming recession, report says

HAMILTON—The federal Liberal government’s budget plan to grow the economy and get the public books in order is “unlikely” to work, given its evolving ambitious political promises, higher global interest rates, and the “high likelihood of a more severe recession in 2023 ,” says a new report. The report, written by former Bank of Canada …

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Toronto to get hit with snow starting Wednesday

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for Toronto advising of the potential for significant snowfall late Wednesday into Thursday. The advisory, issued on Sunday afternoon, said that Toronto can expect total snowfall accumulations of 10 to 15 centimetres and up to 20 centimetres in some regions. Environment Canada meteorologist Mitch Meredith said that it …

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Can one of these four Liberals resurrect the party and topple Doug Ford?

Two decades after Dalton McGuinty led the Ontario Liberals to power and launched a 15-year dynasty, the Grits are in the pits. The Liberals have badly lost consecutive elections to Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, failing twice to win even enough seats for official party status in the legislature. A recent post-mortem on the disastrous …

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