Ontario has had a busy end to May, with major elections, a huge fire and, most recently, a catastrophic restaurant explosion. Let's take a look at some of the biggest news stories in the province from the past week.
June 7 elections
Political rhetoric and citizen uproar are coming to a head across the province now that the Ontario elections are just a couple of weeks away. A poll conducted by Forum Research found the New Democratic Party to be in a comfortable lead across Ontario. with 47 percent of respondents stating that they plan to vote for the party's representative.
According to the source, should this poll be a clear indication of what actually occurs June 7, the NDP would hold a significant majority, with just under 80 seats in the province's parliament. However, CBC explained that the NDP also held a significant lead of as much as 24 points in the polls back in 1990, but the outcome was nowhere near that figure.
At the end of the day, the most important thing is to get out and vote. Be sure to do so on June 7!
Historic site destroyed
CBC reported that the Church of the Infant Jesus in the northern town of Longlac burned down on May 23 after being a fixture of the area for just under 70 years. Although the church closed back in 1997, residents explained to the source that it held a special place in their hearts for a long time.
"That was like an icon for us," Greenstone Mayor Renald Beaulieu told CBC. "It was a sad moment for some of the residents."
CBC added that no injuries were reported and that the church is believed to have been set ablaze by a grass fire that came from unknown origins and surrounded the structure.
Tragedy strikes Toronto
On the night of May 24, two men set off an improvised explosive device in a Toronto-area Indian restaurant, injuring 15 individuals in the process, The Independent reported. As of May 25, police have been on a manhunt to find the two suspects who were caught on video entering Bombay Bhel. However, the news provider noted that Peel Region Sergeant Matt Bertram is not classifying the event as an act of terrorism or hate, as there is little evidence.
To make matters more difficult, the men hid their faces from all of the cameras, meaning that Canadian police are working with few clues. In the immediate wake of the event, three of the victims were classified as having critical injuries, while another 12 had less severe trauma. The Peel Regional Police, which is heading up the investigation, are looking to the public to figure out who the two suspects are, according to the BBC.
Notably, the source mentioned that Vikram Swarup, India's high commissioner to Canada, went to the hospital and found the more severely injured individuals in stable condition.