Six stories in the news today, Sept. 23

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Six stories in the news today, Sept. 23 from The Canadian Press:

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SUSPECT IN ONTARIO TRIPLE HOMICIDE TO APPEAR IN COURT

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A suspect in the deaths of three women is expected to appear in a Pembroke, Ont., court today. The 57-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after a shooting in the eastern Ontario community of Wilno triggered a manhunt that stretched as far as Ottawa. Police say autopsies for the three victims are expected to take place in Ottawa today.

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COURT APPEARANCE SET FOR ACCUSED IN DOUBLE SLAYING

The suspect in the slaying of a father and his young daughter in a southern Alberta mountain community is to make his first appearance in a Lethbridge court this morning. Derek James Saretzky faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Terry Blanchette, 27, and two-year-old Hailey. He is also charged with committing an indignity to a body in the girl’s death.

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JUDGE EXPECTED TO ADDRESS TURCOTTE JURY

A Quebec judge is expected to address the jury today as a second trial begins for a former Quebec cardiologist who is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his two children. Guy Turcotte, 43, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the murder charges in the 2009 deaths of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3. Quebec’s top court ruled in 2013 that Turcotte should stand trial again after concluding the trial judge had erred in his directives to the jury.

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CLINTON MAKES KEYSTONE XL AN ELECTION ISSUE

A few little words from Hillary Clinton have turned a Canadian oil project into an election issue, possibly in two countries. First she came out against the Keystone XL pipeline: “I oppose it,” she said Tuesday. Then she went further. The presumed frontrunner in the U.S. presidential election race later referred to Canadian oil in a tweet as the “continent’s dirtiest fuel.”

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RECORDS ON 3.4 MILLION B.C AND YUKON STUDENTS LOST

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Officials in British Columbia says there will be reviews into how an why a hard drive containing the records of 3.4 million B.C. and Yukon students and teachers disappeared. Extensive physical and electronic searches came up empty, and on Tuesday the B.C. government officially declared the unencrypted hard drive lost. Some of the data goes back almost 30 years.

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VANCOUVER POT DISPENSARIES TO FIGHT CLOSURE

Medical marijuana dispensary owners who stand to be uprooted by Vancouver’s sweeping new regulations say they won’t disappear without a fight. Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang estimated this week that only 15 to 20 dispensaries will be approved after the city processes a whopping 176 applications for business licences.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— Sentencing hearing will be held in Toronto for Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who were found guilty in March of a terror-related conspiracy to commit murder and six other terror-related charges between them.

— In Montreal, the defence presents its closing arguments at the trial of a 16-year-old boy who faces two terrorism-related charges.

— Statistics Canada will release retail trade figures for July.

— Imperial oil will discuss strategy with analysts and investors.

— Memorial University of Newfoundland students’ union holds a rally in St. John’s in support of accessibility after hearing-impaired student says he was not accommodated.

— Gov. Gen. David Johnston presides over an Order of Canada investiture ceremony.

 

The Canadian Press

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