Kelly Pedro, The London Free Press

Kelly Pedro has been with the London Free Press since 2002, covering various beats in the newsroom including crime and education. She is now primarily a general assignment reporter.


St. Andre Bessette catholic high school in London, cutline opens with 320 Gr. 9 and 10s next week but will grow to fill the school’s 1,100-student capacity relieving pressure on other schools. DEREK RUTTAN / THE LONDON FREE PRES / QMI AGENCY

Students in Southwestern Ontario gearing up for return to the classroom

Strike threats, worries about a stripped-down school year, many after-school sports and clubs yanked — parents and kids had a rough ride last year, as public teachers’ unions rebelled against the Liberal government’s wage-austerity drive hammered home with legislation that imposed contracts on them.

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Shuffling the Deck: Last Exit?, Part 2

It’s a sure bet that when Ontario recasts its gambling industry there will be winners and losers. The horse-racing industry, and municipalities stripped of their casinos and slot lounges, will be the big losers. Ready to cash in their chips are the Ontario government and municipalities that would get new gaming facilities.

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Shuffling the Deck: Ontario raises its gambling stakes, Part 1

When Ontario’s first casino opened here in 1994, the provincial government was deep in the red and looking for a way out. It found its gold mine in the form of gambling-starved American tourists, who leveraged a weak Canadian dollar and open borders to test their luck here.

Minister of Energy Chris Bentley, right, takes a tour of the Robert G. Lake Generating Station in Peterborough on Tuesday, Apr. 10, 2012. (CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/QMI AGENCY File)

Clean energy, clean air, promises Energy Minister

People in Ontario are taking easier breaths today than they did a decade ago because of the Liberal government's commitment to clean energy and clean air, Ontario Energy Minister Chris Bentley told an industry conference in London Monday.