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In the news today: Harper’s former lawyer takes the stand at the Duffy trial


 

Five stories in the news today, Aug. 20:

HARPER’S FORMER LAWYER UP NEXT AT DUFFY TRIAL

Next up at the Mike Duffy trial today in Ottawa —  the prime minister’s former lawyer Benjamin Perrin. Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright ended his testimony Wednesday, and goes from the witness stand back to the corporate world in England.

SENTENCE REVIEW FOR WOMAN WHO KILLLED FAMILY

An Alberta woman who was 12 when she helped murder her family in southeastern Alberta is to appear for one of her final sentence reviews today.The woman, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was convicted along with her then-boyfriend of killing her mother, father and eight-year-old brother in the family’s Medicine Hat home in April 2006.

FIRED TEENS WIN HUMAN RIGHTS CASE

A pair of Ontario teenagers will soon be collecting thousands of dollars after their employer fired them for observing a religious holiday.The province’s Human Rights Tribunal ruled that vegetable grower Country Herbs discriminated against the young siblings on the basis of their creed.

WILDFIRE EVACUEES RETURNING HOME

Progress is being made on a huge wildfire that has destroyed 30 homes and 15 other buildings east of Osoyoos, B.C. The BC Wildfire Service says guards have been built around 25 per cent of the Rock Creek blaze. Many residents have been allowed to return since being forced out last Thursday when the human-caused blaze was sparked.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY

In Saint John, N.B., Irving Oil will announce details of what it calls the largest maintenance project in the company’s history.

In Edmonton, Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker to appear in court on sex charges.

Canadian Nine West store owner Sherson Group is scheduled to appear in court regarding its bankruptcy protection filing.

In Toronto, Skyline International will announce a $10 million investment in the Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Ont.

Statistics Canada will release the June figures on wholesale trade and employment insurance.

In Winnipeg, two union officials will discuss meat inspection in Manitoba’s federally regulated slaughterhouses.


 
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