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'Beer insiders' fuelling criticism: Fedeli

TORONTO—Beer “insiders” are fuelling online mockery of a social media blitz promoting the government's bid to expand alcohol availability to corner stores, Ontario's finance minister said yesterday.

Vic Fedeli said the brewers who own The Beer Store are fighting to hang onto a near monopoly afforded them under a 10-year agreement with the previous Liberal government.

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.