The Ontario government won't let a U.S. company operate a mobile ultrasound clinic in the province and Health Minister George Smitherman is calling the firm modern-day "snake oil salesmen."
The Cleveland-based company, Life Line Screening, had planned to run one-day diagnostic clinics in churches in the Hamilton-Niagara area, southwest of Toronto.
Meanwhile, the province's Drive Clean program is ripe for fraud, an investigation by The Hamilton Spectator into Ontario's mandatory emissions testing program has found.
Fake Drive Clean pass certificates can be purchased from unscrupulous garages or testers, licence plates can be bought illegally without an emissions test and some garages manipulate cars to make them pass.
Cheating is a serious problem because it undermines the integrity of the program and the goal of getting dirty cars off the road. It also puts those who play by the rules, and spend hundreds of dollars to fix failing cars, at an unfair disadvantage.