Seven stories in the news today, Sept. 15

Seven stories in the news today, Sept. 15 from The Canadian Press:

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AMBER ALERT REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALBERTA CHILD

A frantic search continued early Tuesday for a missing two-year-old girl after her 27-year-old father was found dead of a suspected homicide inside a home in southwestern Alberta. RCMP issued an Amber Alert on Monday across Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Montana for little Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette before confirming they had found the body of Terry Blanchette in the family home in Blairmore, Alta.

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SOURCE: TORONTO WON’T BID FOR 2024 OLYMPICS

Toronto will not enter the bidding process to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. A source with knowledge of the discussions told The Canadian Press late Monday that Mayor John Tory made the decision after receiving a lack of firm support from the province and lukewarm enthusiasm from potential sponsors. The mayor is expected to announce his decision this morning.

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HARPER TOUTS BALANCED BOOKS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

For Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, weeks of buffeting bad news was washed away by a report Monday tallying the final budget bottom line for the last fiscal year: a surprise $1.9 billion surplus. The timing couldn’t be better for Harper, with the Conservative, NDP and Liberal leaders set to face off later this week in a Calgary election debate on the economy.

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PMO BEING TAKEN TO COURT OVER SENATE DOCUMENTS

The information commissioner is taking the Prime Minister’s Office to court, accusing it of refusing to release documents about four senators embroiled in scandal. The Canadian Press filed an access-to-information request to the Privy Council Office in August of 2013 asking for any records created since March relating to senators Mike Duffy, Mac Harb, Patrick Brazeau or Pamela Wallin. The PCO identified 28 pages of records, but withheld 27 of those pages.

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BRAZEAU ASSAULT TRIAL SET TO RESUME

The assault trial of Sen. Patrick Brazeau is expected to resume this morning. Brazeau has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and sexual assault arising from an alleged incident two years ago in Gatineau, Que. The female complainant, whose identity is protected, claims Brazeau pushed her down stairs, choked her, hit her head against a wall, spat on her and sexually assaulted her.

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QUE. LEGISLATURE RETURNS AFTER SUMMER BREAK

The Quebec legislature resumes sitting today after its summer break. Premier Philippe Couillard’s governing Liberals and the Opposition Parti Quebecois have promised less political partisanship during the daily question period. The session will play out against the backdrop of what could well be protracted contract negotiations between the government and public-sector unions.

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TORONTO STAR LAUNCHES STAR TOUCH

The Toronto Star’s much buzzed-about free tablet application is launching today. Star Touch is inspired by the La Presse tablet app, which has been a rousing success for the Montreal-based, French-language newspaper. David Holland, president and chief executive of Torstar, has said Canada’s biggest newspaper is aiming to dramatically change storytelling with Star Touch. 

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— The Federal Court of Appeal will hear the case of Zunera Ishaq, the woman who wants to wear a niqab while taking her citizenship oath.

— Dalhousie University medical student Stephen Tynes, 30, appears in court in Halifax, accused of uttering threats to cause bodily harm and unauthorized possession of a prohibited device.

— Jury selection continues in the second trial of Guy Turcotte, who is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of his two children.

— B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong releases first quarterly report.

 

The Canadian Press