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Ontario teachers set to stage a joint walkout for Feb. 21

TORONTO—Schools across Ontario will be closed Feb. 21 as elementary, secondary, Catholic and French teachers banded together yesterday to announce a joint strike in a bid to ramp up pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government with contract negotiations at a near standstill.

The one-day job action will leave more than two million students out of class.

Front-runner emerges in Ontario Liberal race

TORONTO—Former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca has emerged as the clear front-runner in the Ontario Liberal leadership race, according to new data released by the party.

Del Duca has secured the support of 1,173 delegates out of the 2,724 who will select the party's replacement for former premier Kathleen Wynne at a convention on March 7.

Premier builds trade with Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS — Today, Premier Doug Ford and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, concluded a mission to Dallas, Texas where they reinforced the benefits of investing in Ontario to business leaders and officials, including Toyota Motor North America, the Canadian Consul General in Dallas and the Canada-Texas Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario teachers strike closes elementary schools for today

TORONTO—Elementary teachers are hitting the picket lines en masse in Ontario today in their second provincewide strike to put pressure on the government in contract talks.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is also using the other four days of the week to stage rotating strikes, ensuring each board is hit twice a week.