Premier Kathleen Wynne says trade missions like the one she’s currently on are crucial for building ties to other countries. Wynne spoke from China, where officials say more than one-billion dollars in agreements have been secured between Ontario and Chinese companies. Wynne said that these days, it’s more important than ever for Ontario to have relationships apart from the one it has with the United States. She said while the U-S is by far Ontario’s top trading partner, other relationships are needed in order for the province to thrive economically. Wynne will also be heading to Vietnam, which did three billion dollars in two-way trade with the province last year.
Two people are dead and four others are in hospital following a multi-vehicle crash on the 4-0-1. The O-P-P says two transport trailers and three other vehicles collided at about 10:30 last night — all while travelling east on the highway between Prescott and Highway 4-1-6. Two people died at the scene, three were taken to hospital by ambulance, and another was transported by air ambulance with life-threatening injuries. No names or ages have been released. The east bound 401 remains closed this morning.
Canadians in the L-G-B-T-Q community are about to receive a landmark apology. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver an apology today in the House of Commons as his government is reportedly preparing to earmark more than 100-million dollars to compensate those who faced job loss and systemic persecution due to their sexual orientation. The money will be paid out as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement to employees who were investigated, sanctioned and sometimes fired as part of the so-called “gay purge.’