Five stories in the news today, Sept. 17

Five stories in the news today, Sept. 17 from The Canadian Press:

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MAIN FEDERAL LEADERS SET TO DEBATE THE ECONOMY

The main federal party leaders will be hunkered down today to prepare for tonight’s debate on the economy. The Globe and Mail-hosted debate in Calgary comes on the heels of news that the government posted a surprise $1.9-billion surplus in 2014-15, bringing the country’s books back into balance a year earlier than expected.

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OLD FAMILY FRIEND CHARGES IN HAILEY DUNBAR-BLANCHETTE DEATH

Bewilderment compounded a small Alberta mountain town’s grief Wednesday as residents learned a young man from a well-liked local family stood charged with the murders of a father and his two-year-old daughter. Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s mother broke down into tears as she described an old friendship with the accused killer, Derek James Saretzky, saying she had no idea why anyone would want to harm her child.

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PARENTS DROP FIGHT TO TREAT BABY WITH CANNABIS OIL

Parents of a severely ill baby girl in British Columbia have dropped a court action seeking greater control of her care, including the right to treat her with cannabis oil. Justin Pierce and Michelle Arnold withdrew their application to share custody of their five-month-old daughter with B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development on Wednesday.

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POLICE OFFICER’S HOMICIDE UNRELATED TO WORK

Investigators in Halifax are interviewing a 27-year-old man who was taken into custody in connection with the death of Truro, N.S., police Const. Catherine Campbell. Halifax Regional Police said they don’t believe Campbell’s death is related to her work. Police say her body was found in a wooded area of Halifax near an overpass early Wednesday.

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REPORT: BANKS MAKING PROGRESS ON EXECUTIVE PAY

A fund manager focused on socially responsible investing has been encouraged by steps that some of Canada’s biggest banks have taken to rein in executive compensation. But Michelle de Cordova, director of corporate engagement for NEI Investments, says there is still more work to be done to ensure that executive pay practices are fair.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS …

— Statistics Canada releases employment insurance figures for July.

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

— Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders will discuss what has changed in the way officers deal with those in crisis in the wake of two reports that called for sweeping reforms.

— The Vancouver Police Board hears a complaint from Pamela McColl, of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada. She alleges police are failing to enforce the law surrounding illegal marijuana dispensaries.

 

The Canadian Press