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Back to school today in Peel and Durham. Ontario restricts sale, use of e-cigarettes, bans flavoured tobacco sales. Ontario updates condo Act, lowers cost of dispute resolution. Report: cancer rates to rise 40% in 15 years. FIFA officials arrested, accused of bribery.
TEACHERS STRIKE RULED ILLEGAL, STUDENTS BACK IN CLASS TODAY
While Back to Work Legislation continues to be debated, The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ruled that strikes by high school teachers in three boards illegal. That ruling, came down late Tuesday afternoon. Durham, Peel and Sudbury district school boards have the more than 70,000 students kept from learning, back in class today. The board has also ordered a two-week moratorium on the strikes as students in Peel, Durham and Sudbury have been out of the classroom for upwards of six weeks now. The Labour Relations Board says it agrees in part with School Boards which maintain the three local strikes were based on central issues. As a result, it is giving the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation an opportunity to “cleanse” the local strikes of central issues. Back to Work Legislation meanwhile, is expected to pass as early as Thursday.
ONTARIO RESTRICS SALE, USE OF E-CIGARETTES, BANS FLAVOURED TOBACCO SALES
A new Ontario law will see electronic cigarettes treated in the same manner as traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under 19, banned in smoke free areas, and promotions and displays being regulated. Ontario’s associate health minister Dipika Damerla says it’s an “emerging technology” with no evidence it helps break a smokers addiction. However, should Health Canada gives it stamp of approval as a stop smoking option, the law could be changed.
ONTARIO UPDATES CONDO ACT, LOWERS COST OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
A less expensive way to resolve disputes between the 1.3 million Ontario residents who live in condominiums will be introduced today under proposed legislation. The province is set to create a Condominium Authority, which will provide a multitude of services including dispute resolution, avoiding the need to go to court to resolve a dispute between condo owners. Consumer Services Minister David Orazietti says that the Condominium Authority will be funded by fees paid by condo developers as well as a month levy of $1 for condo owners.
CANCER RATES TO RISE 40% BY 2030
A new report has revealed some troubling news with a huge spike expected in cancer rates in Canada. The number of new cases of the disease is expected to increase by 40 per cent by 2030. That would mean an average of 277,000 new cancer cases would be logged every year. That would be up from nearly 200,000 this year and about 155,000 10 years ago. Those numbers are expected to put a huge strain on Canada’s health-care system. The increase is mainly due to aging population as the overall population is expected to grow by about one-third, or nearly 10 million people, in the same period. Among the more interesting figures is that the report finds that by 2030, prostate cancer will surpass lung cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country, despite prostate cancer affecting only men.
FIFA OFFICIALS ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF BRIBERY
The soccer world is exploding with the arrests of 9 FIFA officials and criminal cases launched in Switzerland and the US over bribery and money laundering allegations. This is connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, and allegations of $100 million exchanging hands. In total 14 people are under arrest, including FIFA’s vice president, Jeffery Webb.