Five stories in the news today, Sept. 30

Five stories in the news today, Sept. 30 from The Canadian Press:

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PM HARPER PLEDGED TO DEFEND DAIRY INDUSTRY

As his ministers begin hailing a yet-to-be-signed trans-Pacific trade deal, Stephen Harper has promised to preserve Canada’s long-standing protection of the dairy and auto industries. The long-awaited 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership is shaping up to be a dominant theme on the campaign trail this week, with speculation rampant that a deal could be announced as early as Friday.

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CANADA INCHES HIGHER ON WORLD COMPETITIVENESS SCALE

Canada has moved up two notches to 13th place in the latest Global Competitiveness Report from the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. It says Canada improved its ranking mainly because of a lower budget deficit based on 2014 data, highly efficient labour markets and a sound banking system, but cautions that exposure to a potentially overvalued housing market could become a risk in the near future.

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SUSPECT IN FATHER-DAUGHTER DEATHS IN ALTA. TO APPEAR IN COURT

Derek James Saretzky, 22, is scheduled to appear in a Lethbridge, Alta., court today via closed-circuit TV. He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Terry Blanchette and his two-year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette. Saretzky also faces a separate charge of offering an indignity to the little girl’s body.

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FORMER QUEBEC LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR TO BE SENTENCED FOR FRAUD

Former Quebec lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault is to be sentenced this afternoon on charges of fraud and breach of trust. Thibault, 76, was lieutenant-governor between 1997 and 2007. She pleaded guilty last December to one charge of fraud and one of breach of trust.

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SEAT PARENTS AND KIDS TOGETHER, AIRLINES URGE

Canada’s transport minister quietly wrote to the heads of every major airline in the country earlier this year to try and stamp out a practice where parents were being seated separately from their children on flights. In the March letter, Lisa Raitt calls the issue one “where logic should prevail” and encouraged the airlines to ensure parents were seated with their young children when possible.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— Conservative Joe Oliver, New Democrat Hal Berman, and Liberal Bill Morneau gather in Toronto to debate issues of importance to the Jewish community and all Canadians.

— Court appearance in Halifax for Christopher Garnier, accused of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in death of Truro, N.S., police officer Catherine Campbell.

— Statistics Canada will release the gross domestic product by industry for July.

— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley attends the Bloomberg Canadian Fixed Income Conference in New York.

— Investment company AGF Management Ltd. will release its third-quarter results.

— In Fredericton, N.B., GE Canada and Opportunities New Brunswick will announce a partnership to help technology entrepreneurs.

 

The Canadian Press