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Parents target Queen’s Park in protest against changes to children’s autism program

More than 200 parents arrived at Queen’s Park on Tuesday bringing anger and heartbreak as they protested changes to autism services for children.

In the legislature, families heckled and opposition leaders blasted Premier Kathleen Wynne for taking away the therapy many children have waited half their lives to get. A cabinet minister broke down in tears. And a distraught mother who stood up and yelled “liar” from the public gallery was ejected.

A new rule that kids 5 and over are no longer eligible for intensive treatment funded by the province “leaves a whole generation behind,” Kristen Ellison of Cobourg told a news conference watched by overflow crowds who came from all over Ontario.

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