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Top News Advisory for Wedneday, Oct. 28, 2015 – CP

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Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Oct 28, 2015

Wednesday, Oct. 28

3:25 p.m.

Here are the latest Top News stories from The Canadian Press. Entries are subject to change. This includes projected word counts and the estimated timing of stories and updates, both of which can be affected by news developments and other matters. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Contact the National Desk at 416-507-2150.

TOP NEWS

Judge grants Brazeau unconditional discharge

CRIME-Brazeau-Trial

GATINEAU, Que. – Sen. Patrick Brazeau says he is focused on returning to the upper chamber “as quickly as possible,” after avoiding jail time and a criminal record in a Quebec court case. Brazeau was granted an unconditional discharge Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault and drug possession charges in September. 450 words. By Jennifer Ditchburn. PHOTO.

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Trudeau is a true environment ‘amigo’ to North America: Mexican envoy

Trudeau-Mexico

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s victory in last week’s federal election gives Mexico and the United States a true continental ally in the fight against climate change, Mexico’s ambassador said in an interview Wednesday. Francisco Suarez said that when Canada hosts the three North American leaders next year, it will truly be a gathering of “three amigos.” 600 words. By Mike Blanchfield. PHOTO.

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U.S. opponents of Canadian oil celebrate a victory

US-Cda-Oil

WASHINGTON – Shell’s decision to cancel an oil project in Alberta made Greg Muttitt feel like a fortune teller. It came just a few hours after he released a study predicting development of Canada’s oilsands would be stalled, because of opposition from groups like his that fought Keystone XL. As if on cue, Shell mentioned a lack of pipelines as a reason for its decision to scrap an 80,000-barrel-a-day project. 500 words. By Alexander Panetta. Moves Business and National by 5:30 p.m.

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Report: Oilpatch picture to improve next year

Oilpatch-Outlook

CALGARY – Canada’s oil industry is expected to dive into the red this year, but begin crawling back to profitability in 2016 as cost-cutting efforts pay off, according to a Conference Board report published amid a flurry of discouraging news in the oilpatch.The Ottawa-based economic think-tank is predicting the oil extraction industry will post a $2.1-billion pre-tax loss in 2015, compared with profits of $6 billion last year. PHOTO. Moved Business and National. See also US-Cda-Oil. Will be updated to 500 words. By Lauren Krugel.

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Harper to formally quit as PM next week

Harper-Leaving

OTTAWA _ Prime Minister Stephen Harper will formally step down next week, just before Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government takes office.Rideau Hall says Harper visited Gov. Gen. David Johnston right after the election and said he would resign as prime minister in the wake of last week’s Liberal majority victory in the federal election.

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Trudeau gets A for surprise university visit

Universities-Trudeau

OTTAWA _ The new head of Canada’s university community says a surprise appearance by prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau at a reception Tuesday night sends a powerful signal about a fresh tone from Ottawa.Elizabeth Cannon, president of the University of Calgary, says she was “thrilled” by Trudeau’s unannounced, short visit and address to a Universities Canada gathering near Parliament Hill. Will be Writethru

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Trudeau prepares to tackle pot politics

Marijuana-Trudeau

OTTAWA – As Justin Trudeau prepares to tackle the politics of legalizing pot as part of his Liberal government’s legislative agenda, industry experts say he will have access to a world-class marijuana framework set up under the Conservative government.Chuck Rifici, co-founder of Canada’s first publicly traded marijuana manufacturer, says Canada has already established a renowned production and distribution system under the medicinal umbrella. 600 words. By Kristy Kirkup. Will be writethru.

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Repeal measure that leaves immigrant women vulnerable to abuse, group urges Liberals

Newcomer-Abuse

OTTAWA – A refugee advocacy group is urging the federal Liberals to immediately act on an election promise to repeal a provision the group says traps women in abusive relationships. The Canadian Council for Refugees says a consultation with dozens of organizations confirms its fears that the three-year-old measure has increased the vulnerability of many newcomers. 450 words. By Jim Bronskill.

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Calamities breed rumour in social-media age

Terror-Rumours

OTTAWA _ A wildly inaccurate rumour flashed through social media in the panicked aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings because police did not provide information on the suspects for days, a new study concludes.Identifying and refuting falsehoods early with clear and strong information is the best way to ensure truth wins out when terrorism or war strikes, says the research report prepared for the Canadian government. 470 words. By Jim Bronskill. Moved.

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CF watchdog upset about reservist health care

Military-Reserves-Health

OTTAWA _ The country’s military ombudsman has found that National Defence is reluctant to conduct regular health assessments on reservists because over one-third of them have no family doctor _ and if they’re sick it would be the department’s responsibility to care for them.Gary Walbourne’s latest report shows only four of the military’s 18 field ambulance units, which are responsible for part-time soldiers, are conducting exams, and that the vast majority of them are not properly equipped to carry out the job. 570 words. By Murray Brewster. Moved.

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Premier says Alberta had few budget options

ALTAbudget

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the government has little choice but to begin borrowing money to run day-to-day operations. Speaking to reporters in Calgary on Wednesday, Notley said not doing so would require deep and devastating cuts in public services. PHOTO. Will be writethru. By Dean Bennett.

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Quebec’s 1995 referendum: 20 years later

Quebec-Referendum-Anniversary

MONTREAL _ One thing on which sovereigntists and federalists can agree some 20 years after the 1995 referendum is that the Quebec independence movement _ in one form or another _ will likely never go away.Prominent sovereigntists say their side _ the Yes side _ would have won if the federal government had stayed away and not tried to help the No campaign, particularly regarding the controversial Unity Rally in Montreal three days before the Oct. 30, 1995 vote. 865 words. By Giuseppe Valiante and Pierre St-Arnaud. Moved. With Quebec-Referendum-Quotes

Editors: We will re-send this package online, with an additional graphic, on Friday morning, the actual anniversary.

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Native chief softens tone towards premier

Quebec-Police-Abuse

MONTREAL – The chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is softening his tone towards the Quebec premier regarding accusations of gross misconduct of provincial police officers towards native women. Ghislain Picard says he invited Premier Philippe Couillard to a meeting of native leaders in Montreal on Nov. 4. Will be updated

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Wife of Saudi blogger says flogging to begin again

Saudi-Blogger-Flogging

MONTREAL – The wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi says his flogging is expected to resume in short order.Ensaf Haidar says from her home in Sherbrooke, Que. that a source she trusts the lashes were set to resume, without specifying exactly when. Will be writethru

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Trial starts for dad charged in suitcase murder

Suitcase-Murder-Trial

TORONTO _ A trial has begun in Toronto for a father charged in the death of his daughter, whose charred body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago. Everton Biddersingh has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Melonie Biddersingh. He has pleaded not guilty. By Diana Mehta. Will be updated.

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Trial of cop charged in Yatim death continues

Police-Shooting-Toronto

TORONTO _ The trial of a Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of a teen on an empty streetcar is set to continue today with testimony from witnesses brought by the Crown. Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. PHOTO. Will be updated.

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Dads more likely to kill their kids than moms

Filicide-Study

TORONTO _ Contrary to popular perception, Canadian dads are more likely to kill their children than moms are, according to an extensive new study that also finds the gender gap appears to be growing. The research published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect could help in devising strategies to prevent the horrors of filicide, study author Myrna Dawson said Wednesday. 530 words. By Colin Perkel. Moved.

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Cleanup continues 45 years after shipwreck

NS-Old-Wreck-Spill

ARICHAT _ Canadian Coast Guard divers have been called in to remove thousands of litres of oil from a ship that sank 45 years ago off Nova Scotia’s eastern shore.The tanker Arrow ran aground on Cerberus Rock near Arichat, N.S., in February 1970.

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Verdict expected in neighbour killing

CRIME-Neighbour-Stabbed

CALGARY _ A verdict is expected today in the trial of a man who admits stabbing his new neighbour 37 times but says the killing was a case of self-defence.Nicolas Rasberry, 32, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Craig Kelloway, 31. 220 words. Will be writethru after verdict.

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COMING SOON ….

EDMONTON – Researchers at the University of Alberta have found a new prehistoric creature. By Bob Weber.

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TOP NEWS: INTERNATIONAL

Russian intelligence chief: IS may invade Central Asia

EU-Russia-Terrorism

MOSCOW _ Russian intelligence on Wednesday warned of an increased risk of Taliban or Islamic State fighters invading Central Asia.FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that a concentration of Taliban fighters, some of whom had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, at Afghanistan’s northern border make the risk of invasion tangible.Russian intelligence chief: IS may invade Central Asia

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Islamic State on recruitment spree in Russia

EU-Russia-Islamic-State-Threat

MAKHACHKALA _ The Russian province of Dagestan, a flashpoint for Islamic violence in the North Caucasus, is feeding hundreds of fighters to the Islamic State in Syria _ and now some are coming back home with experience gained from the battlefield.The departures mean that the region itself has become markedly less violent recently with fewer bombings and shootings. And the returning fighters have either landed in jail or been kept under close police surveillance. But there are long-term concerns that the presence of radical Muslims trained in IS warfare could lead to greater instability and violence. PHOTO.

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Afghan quake death toll rises further as survivors await aid

AS-Afghanistan-Earthquake

SHANGLA _ Afghanistan and Pakistan were scrambling Wednesday to rush aid to survivors of this week’s magnitude-7.5 earthquake as the region’s overall death toll from the temblor rose to 385.Pakistan’s disaster management authority said the nation’s dead now were at 267, with 220 people killed in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and another 47 elsewhere in the country. PHOTO.

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Australia to fly Somali refugee from Nauru for abortion

AS-Australia-Raped-Refugee

CANBERRA _ A Somali refugee who alleged she was raped in Nauru will be flown to Australia for a second time to potentially have an abortion, Australia’s government said Wednesday, a day after the United Nations’ human rights agency demanded she get another opportunity to have her 15-week pregnancy terminated.The case of the 23-year-old woman, known by the pseudonym Abyan, has amplified criticism of the Australian government’s policy of refusing to allow asylum seekers who arrive by boat to settle in Australia under any circumstances.

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Trump struggles to explain his fall in oft-touted 2016 polls

US-GOP-2016-Trump

WASHINGTON _ What’s a Donald Trump campaign for president look like if he’s no longer the only front-runner for the Republican nomination? We’re about to find out, just as soon as he decides.“Well, I don’t get it,” a confounded Trump said this week when asked to explain why the preference polls he touts every time he’s campaigning no longer show him as the unquestioned leader of the GOP’s 2016 presidential field. PHOTO.

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China says it will stay out of upcoming Taiwan elections

AS-China-Taiwan

BEIJING _ China won’t get involved in Taiwan’s upcoming elections, a government spokesman said Wednesday, underscoring the sensitivity surrounding polls in which the island’s pro-independence opposition is expected to make a strong showing.An Fengshan, the Chinese government’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman, told reporters that bilateral relations were entering an “important time frame,” but that Beijing hoped to maintain peace and stability between the sides.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS

Competition Bureau says Rogers-NHL deal doesn’t hurt competition

Rogers-Comp-Bureau

TORONTO _ The Competition Bureau says it has found no evidence that competition for advertising dollars has been reduced since Rogers Communications got exclusive Canadian rights to National Hockey League games under a landmark 12-year deal.The bureau looked at the agreement’s potential effect on advertising rates during games, the price that other companies pay to distribute Rogers’ Sportsnet channels, and the ability of Rogers’ competitors to buy the broadcasting rights to other sports.

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Area around Toronto’s Trump Tower closed off

Trump-Tower-Glass

TORONTO _ A downtown intersection will be closed for days as police investigate what appears to be a cracked window in the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto. Police say they have blocked off the area around Bay Street and Adelaide Street West as a precaution. PHOTO. 145 words. Moved.

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BUZZ

Legion hopes cenotaph plaque thefts isolated

NB-Cenotaph-Thefts

FREDERICTON _ The national president of the Canadian Legion says it’s unbelievable that anyone would stoop so low as to steal plaques off two cenotaphs in Fredericton.Tom Eagles says he hopes it was an isolated incident involving someone in need of money.

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Jimi Hendrix’s London apartment to be opened to public

EU-Britain-Hendrix-House

LONDON _ The apartment where rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix lived and died in London will be open to the public starting next year.He lived at 23 Brook Street in London’s posh Mayfair section, adjacent to the home where composer George Frideric Handel had lived two centuries earlier. APNewsNow.

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Vanderhaeghe wins Governor General’s award

BOOKS-GG-Literary-Awards

OTTAWA _ Saskatoon author Guy Vanderhaeghe has won his third Governor General’s Literary Award.Vanderhaeghe won the latest honour, worth $25,000, for his book “Daddy Lenin and Other Stories” (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada). PHOTO.

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(The Canadian Press)

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