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Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government is planning a bill to retaliate against any state that adopts Buy American provisions.

Wynne, who has been attending meetings in Washington this week, says she plans to table the bill when the legislature reconvenes this month.

She says the size of the punishment will match the size of the Buy American exclusion.

Wynne says she doesn't want a trade war, but adds the move was inspired by a recent infrastructure bill from the state of New York. (The Canadian Press)

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(Paikin-Allegations)

The host of T-V Ontario's current events program "The Agenda" is denying a sexual harassment allegation made by a Toronto woman, calling it "complete fiction."

Steve Paikin has posted an extensive statement on Facebook, saying he was "gobsmacked" by the allegation outlined to him in an email from his accuser over the weekend.

He says he immediately passed on the email to his superiors at T-V-O, saying he wanted to be transparent with his employer.

His comments come after T-V-O announced Monday that an independent third party will investigate the allegations, during which time Paikin will continue to host "The Agenda." (The Canadian Press)

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(Indigenous-Fires)

Ontario's chief coroner is setting up a panel to look at dozens of residential fires that have happened in Indigenous communities, leaving almost 60 dead in a 10-year period.

Doctor Dirk Huyer says the expert panel will include coroners, forensic pathologists, fire investigators and members of Ontario's Indigenous communities.

He says the panel -- known as the chief coroner's table -- will examine each of the deaths to look for systemic issues, trends or patterns.

Huyer said 58 people died in almost three dozen house fires in Indigenous communities between 2007 and 2016.

Numbers for 2017 are not yet available. (The Canadian Press)

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(Port-Colborne-Fire)

A fire official in the Niagara Region city of Port Colborne says he expects crews will remain at the scene of a large industrial blaze until this afternoon, ensuring it's properly out. …

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