TORONTO – A 12-year-old Beeton, Ont. girl with a rare form of cystic fibrosis will be returning to Queen’s Park Tuesday morning to find out if the province is able to help cover the cost of a life-saving drug.
Madi Vanstone met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne last month in an effort to persuade the government to cover Kalydeco.
She has been taking the drug through clinical trials to treat her disease, which creates a sticky, thick mucus that builds up in the lungs and affects other organs.
Vanstone’s family and friends have had to raise the $349,000 a year that’s needed to pay for the pills, which they say has turned Madi’s life around.
Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this morning. Periods of rain beginning this morning. Amount 15 to 25 mm. Wind southeast 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming east 20 late this afternoon. High 9.
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TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT
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The NBA is set to address the scandal swirling around Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
IN THE NEWS…
A nine-year-old boy is in critical condition after an accident at his home in Oakville, Ont.
A new study looking at Ontario’s quality of life and well-being released Tuesday revealed what many Greater Toronto Area residents probably already know, that those living in and around Toronto have the longest commute times in the province.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked both opposition leaders to rally behind a motion condemning the distribution of anti-immigration flyers in Brampton.
An Ontario court is to hear arguments today against the province’s planned spring bear hunt – just days before it is scheduled to begin.
The New Democrats want the auditor general to look into the federal government’s Temporary Foreign Workers program.
ALSO COMING UP TODAY…
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Bill Mauro, joined by Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson and Pickering-Scarborough East MPP Tracy MacCharles, makes an announcement about development in central Pickering. (1 p.m. at Old North Road, just south of Highway 407)
Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will be joined by Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance, to make an important announcement about improving home and community care for Ontario’s seniors and patients with complex care needs. (1 p.m. at Toronto Reference Library)