Jonathan Sher, The London Free Press

Jonathan Sher covers health for PostMedia and the London Free Press, has been named journalist of the year by his Ontario colleagues, has twice been a finalist for Canada's top award for public service journalism and has been a finalist or winner of 18 Ontario Newspaper Awards. Email or twitter @JSheratLFPress


Former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer leaves the Woodstock Courthouse in this file photo. (MORRIS LAMONT, The London Free Press)

Inquiry into killer nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s murders refuses participation for to 17 applicants who are not connected to her cases

Those concerned about the lack of quality care in Ontario nursing homes were delivered a blow Thursday when the public commission investigating a murder spree by former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer refused to grant participation rights to 17 people who have either worked or have loved ones in homes not connected to her.

Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer Orest Katolyk at 1709 Beaverbrook Ave. in London, Ont., on Feb. 19, 2016. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network)

Owner fined $2,500 for packing too many tenants into Ont. home

For the second time in three years, a court has fined the owner of a west London house who crammed so many tenants into the modest abode, nine bedrooms weren't enough -- mattresses were found in closets and in the furnace room.

Drug firm puts lifesaver out of reach

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he won’t allow the maker of the world’s most costly drug to dictate who can use it and how much it will cost.

Tetanus vaccine (Postmedia Network file photo)

Tetanus case exposes gaps in vaccine tracking

While a six-year-old boy battles tetanus in a London hospital, public health officials say they have no idea how many Ontario kids have gone without a shot or whether immunization rates are getting worse.

Eric Hoskins. (File photo)

CCACs may be on way out

Costly agencies that oversee home care across Ontario may soon be on life support themselves, The Free Press has learned.

Linda Haslam-Stroud, president Ontario Nurses Association. (Tom Godfrey/QMI Agency File Photo)

3,000 health workers in Ontario on strike

A strike by nurses who co-ordinate home care has pushed overcrowded Ontario hospitals into uncharted waters that could strand patients in wards and back up emergency rooms.

Successful appeals against OHIP rare

Only one in 18 Ontarians won appeals last year against OHIP, dismal odds that are growing worse, figures obtained by QMI Agency suggest.

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Decoding the Ontario election ads

With a blackout lifted Wednesday, voters can expect a barrage of broadcast advertising by the Big Three parties in the Ontario election. QMI Agency’s Jonathan Sher reviewed the first TV salvos with four veteran political observers.