Five stories in the news today, Sept. 10

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Five stories in the news today, Sept. 10 from The Canadian Press:

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FEDERAL LEADERS CONVERGE ON BATTERED ONTARIO

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The three main federal leaders used Ontario’s ailing manufacturing sector as a backdrop Wednesday to trumpet their economic visions. Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair focused on southern Ontario’s manufacturing heartland, where one of the country’s most powerful economic engines has been sputtering for years.

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REPORT: BANKS NOT READY FOR MOBILE PAYMENTS

A new report from CenturyLink suggests that some of the highest-level executives at Canadian banks believe their companies may not be ready to meet the mobile banking needs of their customers. In a survey of 50 financial executives, CenturyLink said nearly half of the respondents said they did not think their company had the IT infrastructure, systems and processes in place to meet customer demands for mobile payments.

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HEALTH CARE CHALLENGE TOSSED BY APPEAL COURT

A former Calgary-area dentist who paid for back surgery in Montana rather than wait to have it done in Alberta has lost his challenge of a lower-court ruling that determined he could not sue the government over a delay in getting the procedure done in his own province. Darcy Allen of Okotoks, Alta., had argued unsuccessfully that the Alberta government’s monopoly on health care was unconstitutional.

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DIGITAL PRIVACY CONCERNS THE ‘NEW NORMAL’

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system has been praised for improving upon the flaws of its predecessor, but the company is facing widespread criticism for what some are calling invasive data collection. Under its default privacy settings, Windows 10 tracks the way users type, what applications they use, their browsing history and other personal information.

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MILEY CYRUS JOINS CALL FOR END TO B.C. WOLF CULL

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It’s not Miley Cyrus’s twerking that’s raising eyebrows in British Columbia but her provocative political dance around the issue of the province’s controversial wolf kill. The American pop singer has taken to social media, urging fans to sign an online petition calling the helicopter hunt a “tax-payer funded kill program of one of our most iconic species.”

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— The case of Nicholas Layman, charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a young soccer player, is back in a St. John’s. N.L. court.

— Statistics Canada will update the housing price index for July.

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— Quarterly earnings reports will be issued by such companies as Lululemon, Dollarama Transat A.T. and Hudson’s Bay.

— The Fraser Institute releases a study examining how increases in public education funding are being spent.

— The Toronto International Film Festival begins today and runs until Sept. 20th.

 

The Canadian Press

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