Ontario provincial police say 24 people were taken to hospital, including four with life-threatening injuries, after a bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed on Highway 4-0-1 near Prescott. Operated by Massachusetts-based Union Tour Express, the bus had 37 people onboard when it went off the westbound lanes and hit a rock cut alongside the road east of Brockville.It’s not known yet what may have caused the single-vehicle crash. Mandarin translators were called into action at Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital and Brockville General Hospital where most patients were taken.
The three major party leaders have a heavy day of campaigning ahead as Thursday’s vote looms. N-D-P Leader Andrea Horwath has events in the G-T-A and southwestern Ontario, with campaign stops in Brampton, Guelph, Kitchener, Cambridge, Brantford, Dundas, Burlington, and Toronto. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is to make an announcement in Toronto, where he’ll also visit three campaign offices across the city, before heading to a shopping mall in Thornhill. And Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne has three live media interviews this morning, followed by an announcement in Toronto, a meeting with supporters in London, and a barbecue in Kitchener.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers plans to tap into its strategic reserves after a cold spring led to a drop in production. The federation of 13 thousand-700 producers says it harvested 53.5-million kilograms of maple syrup in the last season. That’s down from the 69-million kilograms harvested in a record haul in 2017. It blames the drop in production on a late spring, very cold weather and abundant snow.
The Canadian Automobile Associations released its list of the worst roads in Ontario. Ottawa roads fell out of the province’s top ten as the CAA saw a surge in nominations from other parts of the province. According to the association, participation was relatively unchanged from last year in eastern Ontario, while overall the CAA received a record number of submissions from other parts of the province.
Bright red onesies featuring the Ottawa Senators logo are being recalled because the metal snaps could come loose and present a choking hazard. Health Canada says the Chinese-made onesies also have a Canadian Tire logo on a sleeve and were distributed by Reward Connections of Mississauga, Ontario. About 51-hundred of the onesies were sold in Canada between last October and November. There has been one report of metal snaps detaching, but no reports of injuries.