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Ontario to expand program allowing paramedics to avoid ERs in patient care

Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones says the province is expanding a program that allows paramedics to take patients somewhere other than an emergency room, such as a mental health facility, or to treat them on scene. Jones says she will be releasing a broader plan this week aimed at health system stability and recovery.

Ontario health minister Sylvia Jones speaks at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa. Aug. 17, 2022. (CTV News)

Everyone else to blame for LRT failures, everyone involved tells inquiry

The written closing submissions in the province’s public inquiry into Stage 1 of Ottawa’s light rail transit project are a summary of the finger-pointing seen and heard during the live testimony in June and July. A common theme that emerged is that the interested parties were not at fault, but were instead the victims of the other parties involved.

Workers with Alstom and RTG watch as an LRT car moves along the Confederation Line on Oct. 27, 2021, near the spot where a train derailed on Sept. 19. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

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'Really demanding': Vancouver Island teen training to become Formula One racer

She may only have her learner’s licence, but that hasn’t held a 16-year-old Comox Valley, B.C., teen back from working towards her goal of being a professional driver. Nicole Haverda got the green light on her desire to be a professional race car driver four years ago when her father took her to a Formula One race in Europe.

Comox Valley, B.C., teen Nicole Haverda is pictured. (CTV News)