Feb 18, 2014 — When Hershey's had a plant in Smiths Falls, Ontario, you could smell chocolate from miles away. But not a single chocolate bar has rolled off the line since the plant closed in 2008, one of six employers to leave the town at the same time.
Now, Smiths Falls, a working class town of about 10,000 in Eastern Ontario, has a new industry: medical marijuana. Health Canada is changing its medical marijuana rules, and Tweed, a licensed marijuana production company, has just received its license to grow medical cannabis there. Some are hoping the new plant will bring much-needed jobs to an area that's had it tough for the last few years. Go to full article
Feb 17, 2014 — Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 73 workers, part of its second restructuring in just the past few months. Forty-one of those were members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199. Go to full article
Feb 14, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that New York has reached an agreement with federal officials for a waiver allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospitals and improve health care.
Cuomo said earlier Thursday that without the federal money, the state would have a health care crisis and hospitals would close, especially in Brooklyn. Go to full article
Feb 10, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York state agency established last year to protect the disabled in state-funded institutions has received nearly 25,000 reports of significant... Go to full article
Feb 06, 2014 — The Cuomo Administration is moving ahead with a bill to allow limited access to medical marijuana. Cuomo's health commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the... Go to full article
Feb 04, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state's new health exchange reports more than 657,000 New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance while nearly 381,000 of them have enrolled... Go to full article
Feb 04, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says the state's new online database of drug prescriptions has cut so-called "doctor shopping" by 75 percent.... Go to full article