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The GLOBAL REPORT – abortion rights remain in Ontario, election issues and the Russian offensive

No changes to abortion access in Ontario
Conservative leader Doug Ford says his government would protect current access to abortion for women in Ontario.
His comments come in the wake of the leak of a draft ruling from the U-S Supreme Court that would strike down the right to legal abortions in that country.
The opposition parties say they’d increase access to the procedure if they form a government after the June 2nd election by providing improved services in rural and remote areas of the province.

What are the issues this election?
As the provincial election campaign moves into high gear, health care appears to top the list of concerns among Ontario voters.
A poll released by CTV shows that 27 percent of those asked place the matter as their top issue.
The cost of living and inflation was the major concern for 12 per cent of respondents, with 11 per cent concerned about the price and supply of housing.
The survey finds that ten per cent of Ontario voters think the environment is the biggest concern, while five per cent mentioned education as their major issue.

Russia pushing hard into Mariupol
Ukraine’s military command says its forces have pushed back Russian advances in the southern coastal area, towards the port city of Odesa and continue to resist Russian moves to control more of the Donbas region in the eastern part of the country.
But it adds attacks continue against the sprawling steel plant in the southern port city of Mariupol.
Another 344 civilians were evacuated from the devastated city yesterday.
Ukrainian officials say they’re continuing efforts to bring out several hundred people still thought to
be trapped in the plant, the last centre of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.

Embassy remains in Poland
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says Canada will send its ambassador back to Ukraine when it’s safe.
Our embassy in Kyiv was closed and evacuated to neighbouring Poland just as the Russian invasion began on February 24th.
Several countries have already reopened their missions in the capital including the UK, France, and Italy.
But Joly says security and safety remain issues of concern.

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