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Five stories in the news today, Oct. 9 from The Canadian Press:

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NDP HOPE TO SPARK MOMENTUM WITH PLATFORM RELEASE

The New Democrats release their full policy platform today. Much of it has been previously announced, but with most recent polls suggesting the NDP is trailing the Liberals and Conservatives in voter support, it may give the party some momentum with the Oct. 19 election just over a week away.

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SYRIAN REFUGEES ISSUE RESURFACES ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

The political debate over the plight of Syrian refugees has re-emerged in the election campaign amid media reports suggesting the Prime Minister’s Office temporarily halted their entry into Canada, citing potential security threats. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s opponents have quickly accused him of once again trying to whip up public safety fears ahead of the Oct. 19 vote.

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MEMORIAL TODAY FOR SLAIN ALBERTA FATHER AND DAUGHTER

The mayor of Crowsnest Pass, Alta. hopes a memorial for Terry Blanchette and his two year-old daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette will help his grieving community. Blanchette was found dead in his home in Blairmore last month while his daughter’s remains were discovered in a rural area. A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the case.

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REVIEW: CROWN REASONABLE IN PARSONS CASE

A review into how Nova Scotia police and prosecutors handled the high-profile Rehtaeh Parsons case says the investigation took too long and mistakes were made, but it was reasonable for the Crown to conclude that sexual assault charges should not be laid. Parsons was 17 when she taken off life-support in April 2013 after attempting suicide.

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BLUE JAYS SET TO TRY TO EVEN PLAYOFF SERIES

The Texas Rangers spoiled the Blue Jays’ long-awaited return to the post-season Thursday by beating Toronto ace David Price en route to a 5-3 win before almost 50,000 fans at the Rogers Centre. The Jays will try to even the best-of-five series at a win apiece this afternoon (12:45 p.m. ET) when Marcus Stroman starts for the Jays against Cole Hamels.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— Sentencing in Moncton, N.B., for Christine Margaret Wood, who pleaded guilty to three charges in the death of her newborn son.

— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will address the Calgary business community.

— Legal arguments will heard in Vancouver relation to a sentencing hearing for serial child rapist Ibata Hexamer.

— NHL player Clayton Stoner makes his first court appearance in Vancouver on five counts under the Wildlife Act.

 

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