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Top News Advisory for Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 – CP

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Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 21, 2015 6:27

Wednesday, Oct. 21

6:25 a.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.


‘We’re back,’ Trudeau tells allies abroad


OTTAWA _ Justin Trudeau made a triumphant return to the nation’s capital Tuesday and immediately began setting a new tone for the Canadian government, both at home and abroad.To those around the world who may have had difficulty recognizing the Canada of old during a decade of combative, militaristic Conservative rule under Stephen Harper, the Liberal prime minister-designate had a direct message. “On behalf of 35 million Canadians, we’re back.” 859 words. By Joan Bryden and Jim Bronskill. PHOTO.


Trudeau sticks to combat withdrawal pledge


WASHINGTON _ Justin Trudeau’s first-day foray into international relations included informing the U.S. president that he’ll carry out his campaign promise to withdraw from Canada’s combat mission in the Middle East.Without offering details on the timing of the bombing-mission scaledown or what role Canada might play next, Trudeau said the country would remain involved in other aspects of the fight against Islamist rebels. 850 words. By Alexander Panetta. PHOTO.


Will Harper’s conservative footprint last?


OTTAWA _ Stephen Harper came to office almost a decade ago with the goal of making Canada more conservative and dispelling the notion of the Liberals as the natural governing party.He steadily began chipping away at socially minded programs and institutions, introduced wave upon wave of hard-nosed criminal justice legislation and touted symbols that evoked a time when government played less of a role in daily life. 538 words. By Jim Bronskill.


First Nations have hope after election: chiefs


WINNIPEG _ Some First Nations leaders say the federal election awoke a sleeping giant that the incoming Liberal government will have to contend with _ starting with an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.Voter turnout spiked by up to 20 per cent in some largely aboriginal ridings. Chiefs said Tuesday the higher turnout helped drive the Conservatives from office after almost a decade and bring about the prospect of a new, respectful relationship with Ottawa. 612 words. By Chinta Puxley. PHOTO.


NDP begin painful soul-searching exercise


MONTREAL _ With a dramatically smaller caucus of just 44 MPs, Tom Mulcair is set to stay on as NDP leader while his party struggles to figure out exactly how it managed to go from front-runner to electoral flop.Longtime Ontario MP Charlie Angus, re-elected in the riding of Timmins-James Bay, says the New Democrats will not “jump the gun” by making rash decisions following Monday’s devastating outcome. 576 words. By Murray Brewster. PHOTO.


Election a victory for the positive: Notley


EDMONTON _ Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley says Liberal Justin Trudeau’s election win demonstrates the importance of avoiding a negative campaign.“I believe that as much as possible it’s important to run a positive campaign that brings voters together,” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday. 425 words. By Dean Bennett. PHOTO.


Wall says he won’t run for Conservative leadership


REGINA _ Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is quashing any suggestion he’ll take a run at the federal Conservative leadership following Stephen Harper’s resignation. “It’s flattering when you hear people say that and it’s humbling, it really is. But no, the answer is no,” Wall said Tuesday in Regina. 454 words. By Jennifer Graham. PHOTO.


Goodale says Trudeau different than his father


REGINA _ Liberal Ralph Goodale says there’s a fundamental difference between Justin Trudeau and his father, the late Pierre Trudeau, and it’s their approach to Western Canada.Goodale notes that the younger Trudeau’s grandfather was a longtime MP in the British Columbia riding where Trudeau held his final campaign rally on Sunday. He also says Trudeau has addressed western issues such as resource development and agriculture. 309 words. By Jennifer Graham. PHOTO.


Polls got it right as Liberals score majority


OTTAWA _ Politicians like to say that the only poll that counts is the one on election day.But the 11-week federal campaign that concluded Monday night with a resounding Liberal majority helped illustrate the power and persuasion of public opinion surveys in assisting the public to its final verdict. PHOTO. An interactive graphic is available to accompany this story online; contact your digital editors for details. 766 words. By Bruce Cheadle.


High-income earners face higher taxes


OTTAWA _ Canada’s highest income earners face the prospect of higher taxes under a new Liberal majority government, but those in the middle can expect a break.Keith MacIntyre, a tax specialist at accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, says people in the middle tax brackets could see a reduction in the federal income tax they’ll be required to pay if Justin Trudeau’s promises are put in place. 565 words. By Craig Wong. PHOTO.


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Names fly as Conservatives plan for leadership


TORONTO _ Charest, Raitt, Ford, Kenney … Mulroney?The names of potential leadership contenders began swirling around Conservative circles within hours of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal win, including that of another man who grew up at 24 Sussex Drive _ Mark Mulroney. 485 words. By Jennifer Ditchburn. PHOTO.


Conservatives sift ashes, look to future


TORONTO _ On his final campaign flight from Abbotsford, B.C. to Calgary, Stephen Harper sat with his closest friends and began putting together the plan for his exit from the Conservative party leadership.That plan began unfolding Tuesday as Conservative politicians and the party’s rank-and-file look to a future leadership race _ only the merged party’s second _ in order to move forward and rebuild from a devastating election loss. 1,061 words. By Jennifer Ditchburn. PHOTO.


First witness to be called in Forcillo trial


TORONTO _ Crown prosecutors are expected to call their first witness today at the trial of a Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of a teen on an empty streetcar.Const. James Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. 158 words. Will be updated.


RCMP brought in ‘closer’ for B.C. terrorism case


VANCOUVER _ The RCMP brought in a new lead investigator in the 11th hour of an undercover terrorism operation because they knew he was a “closer” who could wrap up the elaborate plan, a senior Mountie has confirmed in B.C. Supreme Court.Insp. Stephen Corcoran testified on Tuesday that Staff Sgt. Vaz Kassam joined the operation in June 2013, one week before a couple was arrested for plotting to detonate three pressure-cooker bombs around the B.C. Legislature on Canada Day. 537 words.


Decision expected in B.C. homeless lawsuit


VANCOUVER _ British Columbia’s Supreme Court is expect to rule today on whether bylaws that ban people from camping in public spaces in Abbotsford, B.C., criminalize the homeless.A group of homeless people took the Fraser Valley city to court last year, alleging its regulations and harassment tactics violated their charter rights. 139 words.


Mom says son’s death robbed her of joy


EDMONTON _ The mother of a toddler who died when a vehicle crashed into a restaurant patio says losing her son has robbed her of all feelings of safety and joy.Sage Morin delivered an emotional victim impact statement Tuesday at the sentencing hearing for Richard Suter, 65, who has pleaded guilty to refusing to provide a breath sample when there is death, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 281 words.


Potential investors warned about fake stock promos


VANCOUVER _ Securities regulators in nine provinces are warning about fraudulent stock promotions that use popular smartphone applications such as WhatsApp to generate investor interest.They say the so-called pump-and-dump scheme targets potential investors in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. 139 words. Moved Business and National.



Syrian President Assad travels to Moscow to meet Putin


DAMASCUS _ President Bashar Assad has travelled to Moscow in his first known trip abroad since war broke out in Syria in 2011, meeting his strongest ally Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The two leaders stressed that the military operations in Syria _ in which Moscow is the latest and most powerful addition _ must lead to a political process. PHOTO.


Netanyahu causes uproar by linking Palestinians to Holocaust


JERUSALEM _ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under fire for suggesting that a World War II-era Palestinian leader convinced the Nazis to adopt their Final Solution to exterminate European Jews.Holocaust experts are slamming Netanyahu’s comments as historically inaccurate. Critics are saying Wednesday the statement amounts to incitement against modern-day Palestinians in the midst of a wave of violent unrest and Israeli-Palestinian tensions. PHOTO.


News reports: Libya to allow Lockerbie pair to be quizzed


LONDON _ British news reports say Libyan authorities will permit questioning of two suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103.A National Salvation government official told BBC Wednesday that investigators can come to Libya to question the suspects, who are believed to be in prison in Libya on unrelated charges.


New York City police officer dies after being shot in head


NEW YORK _ A New York City police officer died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect following a report of shots fired, police said.“He is the fourth New York City police officer murdered in this city in the last 11 months,” Police Commissioner William Bratton said during a press conference at Harlem Hospital where Officer Randolph Holder, 33, was pronounced dead Tuesday night. PHOTO.


EU calls Sunday migrants summit in Brussels


BRUSSELS _ The European Union’s executive is calling for an extraordinary summit of several EU and Balkan leaders next Sunday to deal with the migrant crisis.A statement from EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s office on Wednesday said “there is a need for much greater co-operation, more extensive consultation and immediate operational action.” PHOTO.


Amnesty urges gov’ts to avoid repeat of Rohingya crisis


BANGKOK _ Amnesty International is urging Southeast Asian nations to avoid a repeat of the refugee-boat crisis that left thousands stranded at sea earlier this year, saying in a new report that human traffickers kept asylum-seekers in “hellish” conditions, beat them severely and even killed them if families failed to pay ransoms.The report released Wednesday is based on interviews with more than 100 Rohingya Muslim refugees who reached Indonesia through perilous boat journeys.


EU demands Starbucks, Fiat pay back illegal state aid


BRUSSELS _ The European Union is demanding that U.S. coffee chain Starbucks and carmaker Fiat repay up to 30 million euros ($34 million) in tax breaks they received from EU nations, in a major ruling to cut down on tax deals global multinationals often shop for.EU antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday in support of the ruling that “all companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax.”


2 Russian jets land in Indonesia to help douse forest fires


PALEMBANG _ Two Russian multipurpose jets have arrived on Indonesia’s Sumatra island to help douse massive forest fires that have caused widespread haze in parts of Southeast Asia.National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says the two Beriev Be-200 amphibious planes, leased by Indonesia’s government, landed Wednesday in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province.



It’s time for ‘Back to the Future’ Day


LOS ANGELES _ The future is today _ if “Back to the Future” is to be believed.The celebration of the so-called “Back to the Future” Day on Wednesday marks the date _ Oct. 21, 2015 _ that the characters Marty McFly, Emmett “Doc” Brown and Jennifer Parker famously journeyed from 1985 to 2015 in the sci-fi film trilogy’s second installment in 1989. PHOTO.


Quebecer finishes 2nd in piano competition


WARSAW _ Quebec pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin has captured second place at the prestigious 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.First place went to Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea while American Kate Liu was third. 200 words.


Frenchman makes daring leap from sailboat to ship off Alaska


ANCHORAGE _ A Frenchman with his cat tucked inside his clothing made a daring leap of faith Tuesday when he jumped to a waiting rescue ship from his sailboat, which was being battered by high seas south of Alaska.The Coast Guard captured the dramatic video from a C-130 Hercules airplane monitoring the rescue. The man’s identity hasn’t been released, but Petty Officer Lauren Steenson in Kodiak said the sailboat was named La Chimere. PHOTO.


Bob Barker treated for cut to head after a sidewalk fall


LOS ANGELES _ Former “The Price is Right” host Bob Barker took a fall on a sidewalk and was treated for a cut to his head and scraped leg, a spokesman said.Barker, 91, was out for his daily walk near his house Tuesday when he stumbled on uneven pavement, longtime friend and publicist Henri Bollinger said. PHOTO.


New lawyer to represent Cosby in Los Angeles sex abuse case


LOS ANGELES _ Bill Cosby has replaced his longtime lawyer in a pair of lawsuits filed by women claiming they were sexually abused by the comedian decades ago.Cosby’s new attorney, Christopher Tayback, filed a form on Friday reflecting that he was replacing Cosby’s longtime attorney, Martin Singer, in the case. Singer had been defending Cosby in a lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, a Riverside County woman who claims Cosby forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old. PHOTO.


Jay-Z, Beyonce, others perform at Tidal concert in NYC


NEW YORK _ Jay-Z and Beyonce were joined by a slew of artists including Nicki Minaj and Usher at Barclays Center in Brooklyn Tuesday night for a charity concert put on by the streaming service Tidal that covered rap, R&B, reggae and even a little country. The goal of the event was to raise funds that would be given to the New World Foundation, an organization that funds social movements. PHOTO.


Colorado college town retains ban on topless women


FORT COLLINS _ The northern Colorado college town of Fort Collins has retained a ban on women going topless, rejecting efforts to join a movement to remove such indecency laws.The city council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to reject changes to a law that prohibits the display of female breasts.



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