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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

Living conditions ‘like hell’: Ontario Ombudsman reports on pandemic LTC inspection failures

Living conditions ‘like hell’: Ontario Ombudsman reports on pandemic LTC inspection failures

The inspection system ‘collapsed’ and instead of action, concerned loved ones were given ‘key messages,’ the watchdog finds
Even with new data, schools have 'unchecked power' to exclude students with disabilities: advocates

Even with new data, schools have 'unchecked power' to exclude students with disabilities: advocates

The Trillium obtained the province's data on school exclusions, but advocates say it's woefully incomplete
Bonnie Crombie running a risk with developer campaign donations, experts say

Bonnie Crombie running a risk with developer campaign donations, experts say

Ten executives at a single development corp donated more than $30,000 to Crombie, records suggest
TVO union calls for public support ahead of possible strike

TVO union calls for public support ahead of possible strike

The union branch president says she fears the province is starving TVO so it can shut it down
Ontario moves to regulate therapy used in autism program

Ontario moves to regulate therapy used in autism program

The government signed off on the regulatory framework late last week, amid a controversy over a therapy centre near Barrie, Ont.
No Ring of Fire mining without consent, First Nations alliance demands

No Ring of Fire mining without consent, First Nations alliance demands

At a rally near Queen's Park, First Nations leaders, supported by labour and advocacy groups, called on the province to meaningfully consult on the Ring of Fire
Ontario considers capping price hikes on pre-construction homes

Ontario considers capping price hikes on pre-construction homes

The province is also considering implementing a mandatory cooling-off period for buyers and legal reviews of purchase agreements
Bill 124 set back gender wage parity, unions argue

Bill 124 set back gender wage parity, unions argue

It was the final day of hearings in the government's appeal of the ruling that deemed its wage-cap law unconstitutional
Draft regulations for private surgical clinics leave gaps: critics

Draft regulations for private surgical clinics leave gaps: critics

The province's plan to allow private clinics to do hip and knee surgeries still has a lot of unknowns
Province issues MZO to expand long-term care home with horrific record

Province issues MZO to expand long-term care home with horrific record

The Canadian Armed Forces discovered horrors at Orchard Villa during the pandemic