Russia-Ukraine – war crimes
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an international investigation, after reports that more than 400 bodies have been discovered in recently recaptured towns near the capital kyiv.
The Ukrainian government says many of those killed in the town of Bucha had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot at close range.
French President Emanuel Macron says this is a clear indication that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine and that new sanctions are needed.
Russia denies responsibility, saying it was staged by the Ukrainian and Western governments.
Meanwhile, heavy fighting continues in the southern port city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for more than a month.
British defense officials say Ukrainian troops still control the center of the devastated city.
Ford keeps its fuel economy promise
Reports indicate that the Ford government will introduce measures later today to reduce gas prices in Ontario.
The provincial gasoline tax will be reduced by 5.7 cents per liter effective July 1 for at least six months.
This would fulfill the Prime Minister’s 2018 election promise to cut gas prices by ten cents a litre.
However, the federal carbon tax has already wiped out most of these savings.
Online gambling in Ontario is legal today
Ontarians will be able to bet online starting today.
I-Gaming Ontario, the province’s regulated online gambling portal, is now live, with people allowed to legally bet on sporting events and participate in online casinos.
Provincial officials say 25 companies have signed up to offer their gambling online, but not all are expected to begin operations immediately.
Ontario is the first province in the country to launch legal online betting.
Affordable Internet Access
The federal government will soon announce a new program that will give low-income families and seniors access to high-speed Internet for $20 a month.
CBC says the announcement will be made later today.
Ottawa set up the program with Canada’s major telecommunications operators.
It will be available to families who receive the maximum amount of the Canada Child Benefit and to seniors who receive the maximum amount of the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
At least 800,000 households will be covered.
Federal officials say those eligible will receive a letter from the government, with instructions on how to register.
New Democrats promise universal mental health care
Ontario New Democrats promise to introduce universal mental health care if elected to government in June’s provincial election.
The program would begin by providing all Ontarians with access to six psychotherapy sessions per year, increasing to 12 as the program expands.
The full proposal would cost around $1.5 billion a year.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says the program will ensure Ontarians can get their mental health issues addressed before they become mental health crises.