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Ontario is a province located in east-central Canada. It is the most populous province in the country with over 14 million people and covers an area of approximately 1,076,395 square kilometers, making it the second largest province in Canada. It is bordered by Manitoba to the west, Quebec to the east, and the United States to the south.

The capital of Ontario is Toronto, which is also the most populous city in the province and the country. Other major cities in Ontario include Ottawa, Hamilton, London, and Windsor.


Ontario’s history is intertwined with the history of Canada as a whole. Ontario was originally inhabited by various Indigenous peoples before European exploration and settlement. The French were the first Europeans to explore the region, followed by the British and later, Americans.

In 1791, the British North America Act divided Quebec into the provinces of Upper Canada (Ontario) and Lower Canada (Quebec). Ontario became a province of Canada in 1867 when the country was formed. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Ontario experienced rapid population growth and industrialization. This period saw the development of cities like Toronto and the growth of industries like mining, agriculture, and manufacturing.

During the 20th century, Ontario became an economic powerhouse for Canada and a major contributor to the country’s growth and development. It experienced a boom in population and economy, and today, remains an essential contributor to the Canadian economy.


Ontario is the second largest province in Canada and has a diverse landscape. Its northern regions are covered in forests and rugged terrain, while its southern regions are characterized by fertile agricultural land and urban centers.

The geographic regions of Ontario include the Canadian Shield, which covers much of Northern Ontario and is characterized by rocky landscapes and numerous lakes. The St. Lawrence Lowlands, which includes much of Southern Ontario, is a flat region with fertile soil that is beneficial for agriculture. The Niagara Escarpment is a prominent geological feature in the province, and the Niagara Falls, which is a major tourist attraction, is located within the region.

Ontario’s climate is generally moderate, with cold winters and warm summers. The northern region experiences colder temperatures and heavier snowfall, while the southern regions have milder temperatures.


Ontario’s economy is one of the largest in Canada and is driven by numerous industries. The province has a highly diverse economy, with significant contributions from manufacturing, services, and natural resources.

Manufacturing is a crucial sector in Ontario, accounting for over 10% of the province’s GDP. The province is home to major manufacturing companies, including General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. Ontario’s services sector is also essential, accounting for over 77% of the province’s GDP. The services sector includes finance, healthcare, and education.

Natural resources are also significant contributors to Ontario’s economy. The province has rich deposits of minerals such as gold, nickel, and copper. Ontario is also home to vast forests, making the forest industry a significant contributor to the economy.

The federal and provincial governments are also major employers in Ontario, with Ottawa and Toronto being home to numerous government agencies and offices.


Ontario has a rich cultural heritage, shaped by its Indigenous roots and the influence of European settlers. The province’s official language is English, but French is also an important language. The province’s diverse population has contributed to a mix of cultures and traditions, and the province is home to numerous cultural festivals and events throughout the year.

Ontario is also known for its sports culture, with ice hockey being a significant part of the province’s identity. The province is home to the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs, and ice hockey is played at all levels across the province.


Ontario has a well-established education system, with numerous universities and colleges throughout the province. The province’s education system includes public and private schools, post-secondary institutions, and adult education programs.

The education system in Ontario is highly regarded, with numerous prestigious universities like the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo located within the province.


Ontario is a diverse and thriving province in Canada, with a rich cultural heritage and a strong economy. The province’s landscape ranges from rugged forests to fertile farmland, and its population is diverse, making it a hub for culture and traditions. Ontario is a significant contributor to Canada’s economy and is home to numerous industries and businesses. With its highly regarded education system and numerous cultural events, Ontario remains an essential piece of Canada’s identity and a great place to work and live.

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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge sparks controversy with glance at bench

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 03:26

New York Yankees player Aaron Judge hit a 462-foot home run in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. Before he hit the ball, Judge was seen looking sideways into the Yankees dugout, apparently trying to identify which teammate was shouting at plate umpire Clint Vondrak. Three pitches earlier, New York manager Aaron Boone had been ejected for arguing about a low strike call to Judge. Toronto’s broadcasters suggested Judge was looking for a signal, but Judge said he was trying to stop his teammates from yelling during the at-bat. The Yankees won the game 7-2.

Jays starter Manoah walks a career-high seven batters in 7-4 loss to Yankees

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 02:05

The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 in an away game at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Yankee's Aaron Judge and Willie Calhoun hit home runs in the first inning, putting New York up by three runs on a slow night of baseball. Opening pitcher Jimmy Cordero held Toronto off the scoreboard until the Blue Jays' four-run eighth inning. Toronto's Alek Manoah, an American League Cy Young Award finalist from last season, struggled and issued a career-high seven passes in the match. Yankeee Michael King recorded the final four outs for his third save.

Stellantis halts construction at Windsor EV battery plant over federal funding

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 01:43

Carmakers Stellantis and LG have stopped construction on Canada’s first electric vehicle battery plant due to a dispute over government subsidies. The two companies had previously made inquiries about Ottawa’s willingness to increase funding, following the Inflation Reduction Act, which offers billions of dollars to comparable battery facilities in the US. In response, the Canadian government pledged around $1bn to Stellantis and LG last year before offering Volkswagen as much as $13bn in spring 2021. Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has said that she is “confident” that differences will be resolved, but a rift between the federal and Ontario governments has made negotiations difficult.

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The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 08:00

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Statistics Canada to release April reading for inflation

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 08:00

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Ontario, Bell won’t say how much money they made from inmate phone calls

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 08:00

Bell Canada and the Ontario government reportedly profited from an inmate calling system which charged “exorbitant” rates for calls made over eight years. Bell operated the Offender Telephone Management System from 2013 to 2021, offering local calling prices at $1 for local calls, but $1 per minute plus a $2.50 connection fee for long-distance. These rates were reportedly four times higher than other provinces, according to a lower court judge. The new system now includes long-distance rates of a few cents per minute, and a proposed class action lawsuit seeks $150m in damages and restitution.

Justice Minister David Lametti set to reveal plans to reform bail system

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 08:00

The Canadian Justice Minister, David Lametti, is expected to announce proposed reforms to the country's bail system aimed at reducing the number of repeat violent offenders on bail. The changes to the Criminal Code follow recent high-profile cases, including a double murder committed by a man on bail, and calls for stronger laws from provincial premiers, the police, and opposition parties. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees anyone charged with a crime the right to reasonable bail, and Lametti has said the reforms will respect this right while targeting repeat violent offenders.

Canada urged to track unaccompanied minors arriving from Ukraine


23-05-16 08:00

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Canadian minister 'confident' of Stellantis battery plant deal


23-05-16 12:48

Canada's industry minister is optimistic about reaching a deal with Stellantis over subsidies to build a battery plant in Windsor, Ontario, on the condition that the provincial government also offers some support. Talks between the parties are ongoing, with the Ontario provincial government needing to "pay its fair share". Stellantis stopped construction on the $3.7bn electric-vehicle battery plant in Canada in order to enter talks with the federal government.

Four fixes to rescue Toronto’s downtown + a teen sues the TDSB and police

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 11:25

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Morning Update: Stellantis halts construction at Windsor EV battery plant over federal funding

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 11:11

Stellantis and LG Energy Solution have suspended work on a $5bn electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Canada as they call for government funding comparable to the funding given to Volkswagen. The Canadian automotive plant in St. Thomas has been given $13bn from Ottawa over 10 years. Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the government expressed an openness to boosting subsidies for Stellantis and LG to near the levels afforded to VW. The factory was planned to have a capacity of 40GWh a year, with production starting in 2023. LG Energy Solution is a unit of LG Chem that makes EV battery cells, while Stellantis is a company created by France's PSA and U.S. group Fiat Chrysler.

The massive potential of clean power in Alberta and Saskatchewan

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 11:00

Alberta has achieved its 2030 target of transitioning away from coal power to sustainable energy sources five years early. Net zero emissions from Canadian electricity sources are targeted for 2035, by which time the province of Alberta, which has the country’s largest oil reserves, aims to rely on renewable energy for power production. The announcement came as premiers of the Prairie provinces, Alberta and Saskatchewan, rejected the 2035 target in remarks in May 2021. Critics claim the deadline could result in energy costs spiking by as much as 40%.

I was recruited to a new job, but was then quickly fired. Can I get severance?

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 11:00

An employee who is terminated within three months of starting a new role is not entitled to any notice or compensation under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act. However, probationary periods longer than three months attract ESA protections, and former short-term employees may receive compensation under the Ontario Human Rights Code. Employees may also receive common law reasonable notice upon termination if a termination clause attempts to restrict ESA entitlements or if it is ambiguous. If a court finds that an employer induced an employee away from their previous role, they can award a greater amount of severance than what the employee would have received.

Depleted Toronto FC and New York Red Bulls meet at BMO Field with points at a premium

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 20:10

On Wednesday, Toronto FC will play New York Red Bulls, both of whom will be missing a combined 20-plus players through injury, suspension or international duty. Despite it not being a flagship matchup, both clubs will be desperate for all three points as they're currently anchoring the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC has lost three successive games in all competitions, whilst the NY Red Bulls have lost two of their last eleven games, however they did beat New York City FC in their most recent match.

Let’s face it, solving Canada housing crisis will be unpopular and difficult

The Globe and Mail

23-05-16 19:46

Canada's housing crisis is challenging to fix due to the complexity of the underlying issues causing it, as well as the dynamics of democracy that prioritize short-term "Band-Aid" fixes over sustainable solutions. Financial measures to support homebuyers exacerbate the problem by increasing demand rather than addressing the supply shortage. Increasing the supply of affordable housing is the long-term solution, but supply-side initiatives are lagging. To solve this problem, governments must pursue policies that do not inflate house prices further, and young generations must increase their voting turnout and demand more representation on housing issues. Finally, provincial and local governments must exhibit bravery in delivering the needed housing supply.

Parliamentary committee calls for modernized Safe Third Country Agreement

The Toronto Star

23-05-16 19:32

A committee of the Canadian parliament has put forward recommendations that Canada's Safe Third Country Agreement, which requires asylum-seekers to make a claim in the first country they arrive in, should include exemptions for those who have experienced gender-based violence. Under the current system, people are turned away if they attempt to cross the border in order to make a claim in the other country. The report also recommends that an exemption should be restored to the agreement, which would allow asylum-seekers to claim at the Canadian border if they are from a country to which Canada does not deport people.

Alberta wildfire smoke could make for hazy skies in southwestern Ontario


23-05-16 19:31

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Sens bidder Neko Sparks met with western Quebec First Nation


23-05-16 19:08

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Local MPPs divided on whether it's the feds, province that needs to step up in Stellantis talks


23-05-17 00:03

Government support for electric vehicle manufacturing is under scrutiny in Canada, where Stellantis said it had to pause the construction of its planned battery plant in Windsor, Ontario, due to a lack of financial support from Canada's federal government. The company said it is still working with the government, but if a deal isn't reached, it may make "difficult decisions" about the project. The delay follows the US government's passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, which gives automakers greater financial stability for EV investments. Some are calling for more support for the Canadian EV supply chain.