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Six stories in the news today, Sept. 18 from The Canadian Press:

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LEADERS TRADE BARBS OVER ECONOMIC VISIONS

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The main federal party leaders took to an election debate stage in Calgary last night to lay out their economic visions. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper trumpeted his stay-the-course, tax-cutting agenda. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau countered that now’s the time to invest in the future. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said it’s time to give Canadians a choice between Harper’s “snooze button” and Trudeau’s “panic button.”

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OMAR KHADR DECISION EXPECTED IN COURT

Omar Khadr is back in an Edmonton court today to find out if more of his bail conditions will be eased. The former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has asked to be able to visit his family in Toronto and to get rid of his electronic monitoring bracelet.

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LANEWAY HOMES RAISE INSURANCE QUESTIONS

Soaring real estate costs are pushing some Canadian cities to embrace laneway housing, touted as the future of affordable living in urban centres. But as the properties become more popular and balloon in value, questions are beginning to arise about whether current insurance practices are sufficient.

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WINNIPEG MAYOR HOSTS SUMMIT ON RACISM

The mayor of Winnipeg says he hopes a two-day summit that concludes today at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights will produce tangible results on how to fight racism. Brian Bowman organized the Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion after Maclean’s magazine labelled Winnipeg the most racist city in Canada in a cover story at the beginning of this year.

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TORONTO MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MONTREAL

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A man facing a second-degree murder charge in relation to a gas-and-dash incident in Toronto will appear in a Montreal court again this morning following his arrest in the city yesterday. Max Tutiven, 42, surrendered as police waited for a warrant to enter a building he was in. Tutiven is wanted on the second-degree murder charge in the death of a Toronto gas station employee in September 2012.

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INFLATION FIGURES TO BE RELEASED

Statistics Canada will release the August inflation figures this morning. In July, the annual inflation rate rose from one per cent to 1.3 per cent compared with the same month last, largely driven by higher food prices, especially beef. June’s increase was one per cent.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS …

— The Saint John, N.B., trial continues for Dennis Oland, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his father, Richard Oland.

 

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