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Jessica Smith Cross

Jessica Smith Cross

Jessica Smith Cross began her career in local news, reporting for Metro newspapers in five Canadian cities, as well as for CTV, the Guelph Mercury and the Turtle Island News. She made the leap to political journalism in 2016 but frequently looks back. Prior to the Trillium, she was the editor-in-chief of iPolitics and Queen's Park Briefing.

Recent Work by Jessica

Are these private-pay clinics legal? Health minister won't say

Are these private-pay clinics legal? Health minister won't say

Some new clinics are taking advantage of the family doctor shortage to charge patients for care provided by nurse practitioners, who are unable to bill OHIP
Ford government reforming primary care amid family doctor 'crisis'

Ford government reforming primary care amid family doctor 'crisis'

Doctors, nurses, a former Ford government minister call on the government to do more to help more than 2 million Ontarians without primary care physicians
Ford says he wants 'tough' judges, advocates for partisan appointments

Ford says he wants 'tough' judges, advocates for partisan appointments

Ford defended appointing his ex-staffers to a committee that selects judicial candidates as a step toward getting tough-on-crime judges
Ontario Liberals take no position on carbon tax when questioned

Ontario Liberals take no position on carbon tax when questioned

Bonnie Crombie, 'queen of the people's hearts,' said her party will consult with experts and regular Ontarians on the party's climate plan
'We'll step up to the plate:' Ford vows to cut emergency department waits

'We'll step up to the plate:' Ford vows to cut emergency department waits

The premier first promised to end hallway health care five years ago
Mental health group pitches province on supportive housing fund

Mental health group pitches province on supportive housing fund

'The provincial government’s focus on affordable housing overlooks an important segment of the housing continuum: housing with supports," Canadian Mental Health Association writes in a pre-budget submission
Loss of international students may deepen funding shortfall at some Ontario colleges

Loss of international students may deepen funding shortfall at some Ontario colleges

Northern college presidents warn that a coming restriction on post-graduation work permits will endanger their partnerships with private colleges, a key source of revenue
Minister, physicians weigh in on solutions for overcrowded ERs

Minister, physicians weigh in on solutions for overcrowded ERs

Part two in a series on data showing wait times in Ontario emergency departments are at a historic high looks at what's needed to fix the problem
Wait to be admitted to hospital from ER hits all-time high in Ontario

Wait to be admitted to hospital from ER hits all-time high in Ontario

One in every 10 patients admitted from an emergency department waits at least two days to get a bed, according to an internal government document
Ontario's reliance on international students causing rent hikes: economists

Ontario's reliance on international students causing rent hikes: economists

The government's decision to cut back post-secondary funds is showing up in rent inflation, said one chief economist
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