The mayor of an eastern Ontario town is renewing his call to add an extra lane of traffic in each direction on the stretch of Highway 401 where a tour bus crashed this week. A 54-year-old Chinese tourist was killed when the bus hit a rock cut at the side of the highway between Brockville and Prescott. Twenty-three other people from the bus were injured — with four of them remaining in hospital in serious, life-threatening condition. Prescott Mayor Brett Todd says the time has come to widen the highway, which has become dangerous and congested.
There’s just one day left before voters head to the polls in Ontario’s general election, and a new opinion poll suggests the N-D-P and Progressive Conservatives are still in a virtual tie. The online Leger poll of one-thousand eligible voters was done between last Friday and Monday and indicates rookie leader Doug Ford’s Tories have the support of 39 per cent of decided voters, with Andrea Horwath’s (HOR’-vathz) New Democrats just a single point behind. The incumbent Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne were well back with just 18 per cent support.
Colacem is inviting L’Orignal residents to visit its quarry and the proposed site for the cement plant project this June 16 as well as to hear a discussion on the project and a brief presentation on the forthcoming consultation process. Colacem says it is convinced that the project presents “great opportunities and tangible benefits” but is sensitive to the concerns that have been raised. The notice states that citizen participation will help to clarify the topics.
The Senate wants some consequences rolled up into the Liberal government’s proposed new cannabis bill — specifically, concerning young people who might share marijuana with minors once recreational pot is legalized. Senators have approved an amendment to Bill C-45 that would make it a ticketing offence for a young adult to share five grams or less with a minor who is two years younger or less. And sharing with even younger minors, or sharing more than five grams, would be an indictable offence. The amendment is less restrictive than the original Liberal draft, which proposed banning any adult from sharing any amount of cannabis with a minor.