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Ontario decreases per-student funding

TORONTO—Ontario is cutting the amount of money school boards receive per student, which advocates say will mean fewer services and supports for kids.

The Progressive Conservative government announced the 2019-20 school board funding on Friday, details that came as some boards have been issuing surplus notices to teachers, prompting worries about layoffs due to increasing class sizes.

Panel to review OPP

TORONTO—Ontario is spending up to $500,000 to review workplace culture at the provincial police, prompted by recent suicides.

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones announced today that the government will create an independent review panel.

Jones has said the Ontario Provincial Police are facing a mental health crisis, with 13 officers having taken their own lives since 2012.

Calls to decriminalize drug use to cut deaths

VICTORIA—British Columbia's health officer is urging the provincial government to consider the decriminalization of people caught with illegal drugs as another step to stem the overdose crisis.

Dr. Bonnie Henry says it wouldn't be the same as legalization, like Canada did with marijuana, but would be an alternative to criminal charges for drug users.