Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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Canada's immigration minister says he's very concerned about comments made by Ontario's P-C government in describing those who claim refugee status.

A spokesman for Premier Doug Ford issued a statement last week describing asylum seekers as "illegal border crossers."

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen -- who is himself an immigrant from Somalia -- says Canada has a legal obligation under national and international law to give a fair hearing to refugee claimants.

The Ontario government has said it wants more financial help from Ottawa to deal with asylum seekers in Toronto.

But Hussen says he finds that perplexing, since the province hasn't committed to help Ottawa with a plan to redirect migrants to temporary shelters outside of Toronto. (The Canadian Press)



Ontario is calling for help from other provinces as forest fires rage near the Quebec border.

Residents near Temagami were placed on evacuation notice this morning after 20 homes were evacuated due to a fire that's threatening the town.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski says there are 70 forest fires in the northeast region of Ontario, with 33 of them not yet under control.

Kowalski says the ministry will be getting reinforcements from other provinces to join the 400 firefighters currently working in the region. (The Canadian Press)



An assault case involving Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna has been put over for three weeks.

Osuna was not present at a brief court hearing today and his lawyer will appear on his behalf when the case returns to court August 1st.

He was arrested in May in connection with what his lawyer has called an alleged domestic incident.

The 23-year-old pitcher is currently serving a 75-game unpaid suspension which is due to end August 4th. …

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