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Cannabis store licence lottery process kicks off

TORONTO—Ontario kicked off its application process yesterday for the first 25 cannabis retail licences in the province, with the results of a lottery expected later this week.

The government said the firm cap on the number of stores that will open this spring was needed due to what it called serious cannabis supply issues that had to be addressed by the federal government.

Driver plea

MELFORT, Sask.—The driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus pleaded guilty today to all charges against him.

“I plead guilty, your honour,” Jaskirat Singh Sidhu said as he stood before a judge in a court in Melfort, Sask.

Trump and Trudeau discuss detained Canadians in China

TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to continue to seek the release of two Canadians detained in China, Trudeau’s office said Monday.

China grabbed the Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive. Trudeau spoke to Trump in a phone call Monday.

Pot shop licence lottery set

TORONTO—The Ontario government is accepting entries this week from those looking to enter a lottery to apply for the first 25 retail cannabis licences in the province.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario said expressions of interest can be submitted online today through noon Wednesday, with the draw to take place on Friday and results to be posted within 24 hours.