Top News Advisory for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2015 – CP

Top News Advisory for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2015 – CP

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Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 11, 2015

Friday, Sept. 11

6:20 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.

TOP NEWS AT THIS HOUR:

Syrian crisis forces federal leaders’ hands

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OTTAWA _ The Syrian crisis is beginning to crystallize Canada’s political perspectives on when and how the country should go to war _ and how best to help ease the suffering of innocent civilians pouring out of the Middle East.The foreign policy implications of the violence in Syria and Iraq stalked the three federal leaders Thursday as a tidal wave of refugees continued crashing over Europe, leaving the Canadian campaign trail awash in the question of what to do about it. 749 words. By Mike Blanchfield. PHOTO.

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Omar Khadr asking for ease in bail conditions

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EDMONTON _ Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr are to be in court today to argue for an ease in his bail conditions.Khadr wants to be able to visit his family in Toronto and get rid of his electronic monitoring bracelet. 315 words. Will be writethru. PHOTO.

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Ontario and Quebec talk energy deals

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QUEBEC _ Ontario will look at the financial implications of buying more electricity from Quebec under an agreement to be signed Friday at a joint cabinet meeting in Quebec City.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of an agreement between the two provinces to look at the costs of moving more hydro-electric power from Quebec to Ontario, which has some of the highest electricity rates in the country. 236 words. Moved National and Ontario/Quebec.

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Harper to talk terrorism on 9/11 anniversary

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OTTAWA _ The Liberals will be pushing for votes in British Columbia today, with party leader Justin Trudeau starting in Burnaby with a morning speech before hiking up North Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be in Edmonton and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will visit Victoriaville, Que., and Ottawa. 254 words.

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Aussie campaign wizard advising Tories

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CHARLOTTETOWN _ Stephen Harper’s struggling Conservatives are employing the services of a controversial Australian campaign fixer who is credited with helping David Cameron confound the polls and secure a majority victory in last May’s U.K. election.Lynton Crosby has also been linked to tactics that have rallied voters fearful of immigration and crime behind the campaigns he advises. 565 words. By Joan Bryden and Jennifer Ditchburn.

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Harper hints at new action on refugees

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OTTAWA _ It’s been a week since a photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkish beach forced all three major party leaders _ and Canadians _ to confront Canada’s response to the human cost of the war in Syria.Four million people have fled the country since the civil war broke out in 2011 and while their plight has captured headlines over time, it wasn’t until that photograph that Canadians coalesced around the need for action. 733 words. By Stephanie Levitz. PHOTO.

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Mulcair stands by Syrian refugee pledge

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WINNIPEG _ Tom Mulcair insists he would, if elected, make good on his vow to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015 _ even with bureaucratic barriers and his own tight, self-imposed deadline.The NDP leader’s promise is even more ambitious than a new target established by the White House, which said Thursday the U.S. would take in the same number of Syrian refugees _ but only over the next 12 months. 758 words. By Andy Blatchford. PHOTO.

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Military out of Iraq, not Ukraine: Mulcair

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OTTAWA _ In promising an immediate end to combat operations in Iraq, an NDP government is swimming against an international tide _ even French socialists in recent days have called for greater military action in the Middle East.The New Democrats would immediately halt Canada’s bombing campaign against Islamic State militants and withdraw special forces trainers who have been instructing Kurdish peshmerga fighters, leader Tom Mulcair said Thursday. 692 words. By Murray Brewster.

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B.C. candidate resigns over Facebook posts

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VANCOUVER _ Facebook posts about marijuana and cancer have cost the Liberals a Vancouver-area candidate, who resigned hours after Justin Trudeau distanced himself from her.In a post Thursday, Joy Davies said she had decided after much consideration to step down, but she made no apologies for her past comments. 566 words. By Jordan Press. PHOTO.

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Duceppe plays down Mulcair’s Senate plans

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BELOEIL _ The Constitution will not be reopened just to discuss the abolition of the Senate and that’s something NDP Leader Tom Mulcair knows perfectly well, his Bloc Quebecois counterpart said Thursday.Speaking at a campaign event, Gilles Duceppe said the Constitution has a “double lock” on it, and cracking it open to talk about the Senate is a non-starter. 255 words.

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Parties pay the price for poor vetting:experts

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The recent spate of social media gaffes offering sideshows on the election trail highlights both the need for and dangers of scrutinizing the online personas of would-be politicians, say experts.Video footage, tweets and Facebook status updates posted to the web long before the campaign kicked off have caused headaches among all political parties and forced candidates of all stripes to abandon their bids for elected office. 692 words. By Michelle McQuigge.

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‘Wheels off the bus’ picture goes viral

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OTTAWA _ Andrew Caddell fully expected that a picture of an abandoned, broken-down bus Photoshopped to include Stephen Harper’s image and election campaign slogan could go viral.But the Foreign Affairs senior policy adviser admitted Thursday he was a bit surprised to see the photo, recycled on his Facebook and Twitter accounts from Frank magazine, get shared more than 12,000 times in two days. 330 words. By Terry Pedwell.

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Group wants people to stand up for national parks

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CALGARY _ Environmentalists hope to make increased commercial development in Canada’s national parks a federal election issue.The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society fears recent projects approved for Banff and Jasper national parks represent the thin edge of a wedge that would see more development in other locations. 166 words.

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_ FedElxn-Syrian-Refugees-FiveThings

_ FedElxn-Trail-Tales

_ FedElxn-Quick-Quotes

_ FedElxn-Promise-Tracker

_ FedElxn-At-A-Glance

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ALSO IN THE NEWS …

Montreal silver heist: some of the booty found

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MONTREAL _ Authorities say they have recovered about one-third of the $10-million worth of silver stolen from the Port of Montreal last week.Thieves made off with a truck in the city’s west end, drove it to the port and loaded a shipping container onto it. Five suspects were arrested and charged. Two were to appear in court for a bail hearing Friday. The other three were released from custody and and were to appear in court later. 131 words.

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Hearing for mentally ill child killer delayed

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NEW WESTMINSTER _ British Columbia’s prosecution service has initiated the first attempt in Canada to designate a mentally ill man as a “high-risk” accused, years after he was declared not criminally responsible for killing his three children.But those arguments have been delayed while new defence lawyers for Allan Schoenborn read over “a fair degree” of disclosure describing the man’s current psychiatric state. 434 words. By Tamsyn Burgmann. PHOTO.

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Peladeau to put Quebecor shares in fund

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QUEBEC _ Pierre Karl Peladeau, media mogul and leader of the Parti Quebecois, announced Thursday he will put his Quebecor Inc. shares in a fund to be run by three men, including a well-known businessman.But Peladeau again made it clear his controlling stake in Quebec’s dominant media company cannot be sold. 276 words. Moved National and Business. PHOTO

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CFL violence-against-women policy ‘groundbreaking’

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VANCOUVER _ For decorated Grey Cup quarterback Travis Lulay, the expansion of a B.C. Lions’ initiative to raise awareness about domestic violence against women goes way beyond throwing touchdowns.“To be able to make a positive impression on young people is ? a pretty powerful thing,” said Lulay, who has visited classrooms and talked with students since the Be More Than A Bystander program’s inception in 2011. 626 words. By Geordon Omand. Moved National and Sports.

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Premier, B.C. chiefs OK reconciliation road map

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VANCOUVER _ Leaders of British Columbia’s First Nations came looking for a home run but left meetings with Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet wondering if they even made it to first base.At least a year will have to pass before the leaders will know if they cleared the fence or hit a sacrifice bunt while trying to resolve historic land rights with the government, said Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit, one of B.C.’s largest aboriginal groups. 534 words. By Dirk Meissner. Moved Business and Prairies/BC.

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Syrian woman hopes others will get same chance

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VANCOUVER _ Hanan Alawwad had already escaped killings, kidnappings and bombings in Syria when her son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The mother of five sought refuge with her family in Lebanon, where little Ayman became ill in 2013. His medical costs were not covered in the neighbouring country, so Alawwad began travelling home with her boy once a week for his treatment. 531 words. By Laura Kane.

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At ground zero, 9-11 anniversary now both public and private

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NEW YORK _ After years as a private commemoration, the anniversary of Sept. 11 at ground zero now also has become an occasion for public reflection on the site of the terror attacks.An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the memorial plaza on the evening of Sept. 11 last year, the first year the public was able to visit on the anniversary. The plaza will open three hours earlier after Friday’s 14th anniversary ceremony, where victims’ families will gather for what has become a tradition of tolling bells, observing poignant moments of silence and reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror strike.

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Canada votes against flag resolution at UN

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NEW YORK _ Canada joined Israel, the United States and six other countries Thursday to vote against a resolution in the U.N. General Assembly to allow the Palestinians and Holy See to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters.The symbolic step pursued by the Palestinians in their quest for an independent state saw 119 nations vote “yes” and 45 abstain.

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UN chief says will repatriate peacekeepers over sex abuse

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The U.N. chief is taking aim at sexual abuse by peacekeepers, calling it “one of my greatest disappointments” and saying he will repatriate the troops of countries that don’t act on allegations. The U.N. has already started to suspend payments to countries when allegations are credible.Ban Ki-moon’s statements are in response to the first comprehensive assessment of peacekeeping in 15 years and largely agree with a high-level panel’s suggestions for a major overhaul. The U.N. has more than 105,000 troops and police in 16 missions in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Member states contribute the personnel and receive monthly payments in return.

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Indian court finds 12 guilty of 2006 Mumbai train bombings

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NEW DELHI _ Twelve suspected Islamic militants were convicted Friday for the bombings nine years ago of seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.The trial in India’s notoriously slow justice system lasted more than seven years. It concluded in August last year, but Judge Yatin D. Shinde took one year to write the verdict.

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1 lawmaker expelled, another resigns after affair coverup

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LANSING _ One socially conservative Michigan lawmaker has been expelled and another resigned early Friday after the two were embroiled in scandal over their extramarital affair and a coverup attempt.Republican Rep. Todd Courser announced his resignation, effective immediately, and was escorted out of the chamber. His decision came amid a marathon overnight session in the House over whether he and Rep. Cindy Gamrat should stay in their jobs. Gamrat was expelled shortly after Courser’s resignation.

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Armed man shot after running from police into restaurant

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DOWNEY _ A SWAT team killed a gunman Thursday night after he led police on a long car chase then ran into a crowded restaurant and seized at least four hostages, authorities said.The sheriff’s team entered the restaurant from the front and back and shot the man, who was declared dead at the scene, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez said. The man had a gun, but did not fire at the SWAT team, Hernandez said.

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South Korean man gets 12 years for slashing US ambassador

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SEOUL _ A Seoul court on Friday handed a 12-year prison sentence to a South Korean man who slashed and seriously injured the U.S. ambassador during a March forum.Kim Ki-jong was convicted of attempted murder, assaulting a foreign envoy and obstruction, according to Seoul Central District Court spokesman Joon Young Maeng. PHOTO.

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Shocked city assesses flood damage in Japan; 22 missing

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JOSO _ Houses lean forward, knocked partially off their foundations. The worst-hit are gone, their still-intact blue-tiled roofs left sitting on debris-strewn mud. The floodwaters have receded somewhat, but a vast area of the Japanese city of Joso remains inundated by a sea of brown water.As the sun came out Friday, shocked residents and officials began to take stock of the damage wrought the previous day when a rain-swollen river burst through its eastern bank, pouring in water so rapidly that many people could only clamber upstairs or to their roofs to escape.

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Judge leaves door open to reconsider Freddie Gray trials

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BALTIMORE _ A judge ruled that six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be tried in Baltimore, but this could be just the beginning of defence attorneys’ efforts to move their trials out of town.Despite the days of riots, protests and a multimillion-dollar settlement that followed Gray’s death, a fair trial can be held in Baltimore for the officers, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Thursday. But the judge left the door open for defence attorneys to revisit their change of venue bid if an impartial jury cannot be seated in the city.

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BUZZ

‘Mad Men’ creator breaks down show in Toronto

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TORONTO _ Matthew Weiner taught an inspired “Mad Men” masterclass in Toronto on Thursday, dissecting an episode of the show he created with obvious pride and his infamous attention to detail.Weiner announced at the evening’s onset that the Toronto International Film Festival-curated discussion would be “some mixture of film analysis, close reading and psychoanalysis,” and no one present could accuse him of false advertising. 877 words. By Nick Patch.

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_ FILM-TIFF-Scene-and-Heard

_ FILM-TIFF-Cda-Spotlight

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OJ Simpson appeal rejected by Nevada Supreme Court

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LAS VEGAS _ Imprisoned former football star O.J. Simpson lost his latest appeal of his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction in Las Vegas.A three-member Nevada Supreme Court panel rejected Simpson’s request for a new trial, ruling in a 16-page order Thursday that there was no reason to overturn a lower court judge’s decisions in the case.

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Steven Spielberg, Bill Ford team up on tolerance education

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DEARBORN _ Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced Thursday they are partnering to expand a multimedia program for Detroit-area students designed to foster tolerance.The program is an extension of the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, which was founded by Spielberg and uses visual testimonies from survivors to educate people about the Holocaust and other genocides. PHOTO.

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Emilio Estefan producing starry song ‘We’re All Mexican’

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LOS ANGELES _ Veteran music producer Emilio Estefan says he wrote a song called “We’re All Mexican” to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic people in the United States.Speaking in Spanish on his Facebook page Thursday, Estefan said the song is a way to “show the world the pride we have, not just for the Hispanic community, but all Mexicans for all they have done for this country.”

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Drone captures photos of endangered baby orca, mom

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SEATTLE _ Federal scientists using a drone have captured photographs of a baby Puget Sound orca swimming alongside its mother in the waters of British Columbia.The new calf is the fifth baby since December to be born to the endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters.

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Vatican launches train service to Castel Gandolfo gardens

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VATICAN CITY _ With a deafening whistle and a plume of smoke, an antique train pulled out of the Vatican rail station Friday to inaugurate a new weekly train service to the papal summer estate in Castel Gandolfo now that Pope Francis has decided to open it up to the public.Starting Saturday, the general public can visit both papal estates _ the Vatican Museums in Rome and the gardens and restored portrait gallery of Castel Gandolfo _ thanks to the weekly service launched by the Vatican and Italy’s railway, Ferrovia dello Stato.

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