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New least restrictive bail policy for Ontario

TORONTO—Crown attorneys are being told that bail considerations should start with the least restrictive form of release, as Ontario tries to cut court backlogs and reduce the number of legally innocent people in custody.

A new bail directive announced yesterday is part of Ontario's response to the Supreme Court of Canada's Jordan decision that set out time limits for criminal cases.

MPPs united against Quebec's religious law

TORONTO—Ontario politicians yesterday took the unusual step of using time in the legislature to unanimously condemn a law passed by Quebec that bans anyone from giving or receiving public services with their face covered.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario and Quebec have a very close working relationship, but on this issue they fundamentally disagree.

Province to require public disclosure of pharma payments

TORONTO—Wide-ranging legislation introduced yesterday by the Ontario government will require public disclosure of payments that pharmaceutical companies make to doctors, increase inspections for splash pads, barber shops, and nail shops, and licence medical device operators who use X-ray machines, CT scanners, and MRIs.