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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

Support for alcohol sales in Ontario corner stores tanks if it comes with a cost: poll

Support for alcohol sales in Ontario corner stores tanks if it comes with a cost: poll

Whether it's a billion-dollar boozedoggle or a quarter of that, Ontarians' support for the opening up of the alcohol market declines as the projected cost rises, a new poll shows
How much speeding up alcohol sales in corner stores may cost

How much speeding up alcohol sales in corner stores may cost

The Ford government says the true cost won't be known until people are buying more drinks from grocery and convenience stores instead of the LCBO, but one of the opposition parties hazarded a guess
Wine, beer, ready-to-drink booze coming sooner to more Ontario stores

Wine, beer, ready-to-drink booze coming sooner to more Ontario stores

Grocery and convenience stores will be able to heavily discount — or hike — the price of alcoholic drinks under new rules coming sooner than expected
Doug Ford’s PCs hold Milton in hard-fought byelection

Doug Ford’s PCs hold Milton in hard-fought byelection

Meanwhile, voters in the solidly blue riding of Lambton-Kent-Middlesex elected Progressive Conservative Steve Pinsonneault
Retiring judge warns of 'significant damage to the justice system' from Ford's comments on judicial appointments

Retiring judge warns of 'significant damage to the justice system' from Ford's comments on judicial appointments

Justice David Doherty said judges should be 'like-minded' in striving to meet the public's expectations of justice — not in allegiance with political leaders
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, and a group of northern Ontario steelworkers called on the government to do more to solve it
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
'Do you need more money?' Ford promises action on emergency department waits

'Do you need more money?' Ford promises action on 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 Canadian Mental Health Association is asking the province to establish a fund for providing supportive housing
Not a money challenge? Minister, physicians on the overcrowding of Ontario's emergency departments

Not a money challenge? Minister, physicians on the overcrowding of Ontario's emergency departments

Part two in a series on data showing wait times in Ontario emergency departments at a historic high
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