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Buried in Ontario’s budget is legislation to repeal the law that compensates victims of violent crime by dissolving the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board that’s been awarding money to victims of crime since 1971. The money covers things like funeral costs, physical therapy and loss of income. Doug Ford’s PC’s are also slashing the budget of Legal Aid Ontario, and will eliminate funding for refugee and immigration law services. Lawyer Dana Fisher calls the the cuts ‘devastating.’ Legal Aid Ontario will get $133 million less in this fiscal year than anticipated. There’s also word that public health units across the province will be cut from 35 to 10 and their funding slashed by $200 million. Toronto’s board of health chair Joe Cressy is so concerned about the cuts, he’s called an emergency meeting Monday morning. Mayor John Tory says he needs more details but is hopeful that Toronto’s public health unit remains intact. But there are groups applauding the province’s fiscal blueprint. Home Care Ontario released a statement saying that $267 million in new funding for home care will help more people get the care they want it and for many that means at home.