Tragedy last night in the Middle East, where a powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck the Iraq-Iran border region, killing more than 330 people in both countries and injuring thousands. Iran’s state news agency says Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor — it reports 328 deaths and nearly four-thousand others injured in the quake, which was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. In Iraq, the government says the quake killed at least seven people and injured 535 in the country’s northern, Kurdish region.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it’s a “really big deal” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is at the table at the annual East Asia Summit in the Philippines. Freeland says Canada has never before been at the region’s top security table, and she notes Trudeau will even sit in on talks about the security situation involving North Korea. The forum is held in conjunction with the annual broader summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which will give Trudeau an opportunity to advance his trade agenda with the emerging bloc of 10 Southeast Asian countries.
An all-terrain stretcher has been added to Prescott-Russell’s emergency services department. The Eastern Ontario ATV club officially donated the $7,000 piece of equipment to emergency services at the latest meeting of the Precott-Russell Committee. It is currently stationed at the Larose Forest and has been used for one case since last spring. The stretcher allows emergency services to remove patients much more effectively when in difficult terrain because it can be attached to ATVs and snowmobiles.
The trial of Basil Borutski, who’s accused of killing three women in the Ottawa Valley in September of 2015, continues today.The 59-year-old Borutski faces three charges of first-degree murder. The court has heard that Borutski had relationships with all three of his alleged victims. He was arrested after a manhunt that kept the village of Wilno under lockdown for several hours.