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In the news today: Munk Debate, TPP, and Canadian tenor Michael Burgess dead at 70


 
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper trade words during the Munk Debate on foreign affairs, in Toronto, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

 (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

 

LEADERS DEBATE WORLD POLICY

They were supposed to be looking out onto the world, but the three federal party leaders debating foreign policy had their eyes firmly fixed closer to home Monday night in Toronto. The policy mechanics of trade negotiations, climate change, immigration and refugee measures and security legislation gave way to a spirited battle of emotions and values aimed at loosening up votes in a campaign that remains too close to call.

CANADIAN TENOR MICHAEL BURGESS DEAD AT 70

Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre and Royal Alexandra Theatre will dim their marquee lights tonight for two minutes to honour Michael Burgess. The theatre star — who dazzled Toronto audiences as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” and was well-known to sports fans for his stirring rendition of “O Canada” — died Monday at age 70. The famed tenor died in a Toronto hospice after battling cancer for a number of years.

HARPER TORIES HOPE FOR TRADE DEAL

The Conservative government hopes to reach an agreement before the weekend that would establish the world’s largest free-trade zone, allowing a final sprint toward election day with the 12-country pact in hand. If all goes according to plan, the government will reveal details later this week of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at briefings in different cities including Atlanta, Ottawa, and Montreal, which is hosting Friday’s French-language election debate.

TURCOTT MURDER TRIAL HEARS FROM EX-WIFE

The ex-wife of former Quebec doctor Guy Turcotte will face more cross-examination on Tuesday from the defence at his Montreal trial. Isabelle Gaston testified Monday, with her back to the accused, about the end of her rocky relationship with Turcotte in January 2009. Turcotte is facing two counts of first-degree murder in the 2009 slayings of Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3. Turcotte has pleaded not guilty to the charges but admitted last week to causing the deaths.

NOTLEY MOVES AWAY FROM CAP AND TRADE

A federal cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may not be suitable for Alberta, the province’s NDP premier said Monday, one day after her federal counterpart proposed such a plan on the campaign trail. Rachel Notley was commenting in Montreal on the first leg of a business trip. She told executives and politicians that a national cap-and-trade system “may not be our best road forward.” Notley will visit New York City today.___

STUDY: TOPPLED TVs INJURING, KILLING YOUNG CHILDREN

There’s an often unrecognized hazard lurking in most Canadian homes that poses a potentially deadly threat to young children — the big-screen TV. Those top-heavy, flat-screen televisions can topple over onto children, crush their tiny bodies and in the worst-case scenario, fatally cave in their skulls, researchers say. “The kids who are at the biggest risk are toddlers, so one- to three-year-olds,” said Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY

The defence continues to outline its closing arguments at the Montreal trial of a 16-year-old boy facing two terrorism-related charges.

CBC president and CEO Hubert T. Lacroix will make a presentation at the network’s annual public meeting in Winnipeg.

Canada’s Walk of Fame will announce its 2015 inductees.


 
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