Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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(First-Ministers)

Premier Kathleen Wynne will be joining the other premiers in Ottawa today at the first ministers' meeting.

Wynne will be listening keenly for NAFTA negotiation updates, as her government has been on a strong push to promote Ontario trade on a subnational level.

She has met with more than two dozen U-S governors in an attempt to fight against a tide of U-S protectionism.

Wynne is expected to update fellow premiers on her recent meeting with U-S Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

The premiers will also meet with Liberal M-P Bill Blair to discuss the role they will play in regulating the coming legalization of marijuana for recreational use. (The Canadian Press)

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(CRIME-Borutski-Trial)

The murder trial of an eastern Ontario man accused of killing three women in the Ottawa Valley two years ago continues today in Ottawa.

Basil Borutski refused to acknowledge the court throughout yesterday's proceedings, alternately staring at the ground or the back of the room, or squeezing his eyes shut and leaning against the wall.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger said since the presumption of innocence is inherent in Canadian law, the court would take the 59-year-old's silence as a plea of not guilty.

The charges relate to the deaths of 66-year-old Carol Culleton, 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam, whose bodies were found in separate crime scenes in and around Wilno in September of 2015. (The Canadian Press)

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(DeVos-Ontario)

Controversial U-S education secretary Betsy DeVos is set to visit Ontario this week to learn about its public school system.

Government officials wouldn't provide details but U-S embassy officials say DeVos's visit is on Thursday and Friday and involves a study tour to Toronto "to examine best practices in Ontario's education system."

Ontario teachers' organizations and unions have expressed disappointment at news of the visit saying she represents everything a public education advocate opposes. …

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