Six stories in the news today:
FEDERAL LEADERS IN MONTREAL
The main party leaders are gathering in Montreal for a televised French-language debate tonight. For Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe, the debate will offer him a rare opportunity to speak not only to Quebec voters, but to those across the country. For her part, Green party Leader Elizabeth May will be looking to gain national attention in what may be her last opportunity to stand alongside the other leaders before the Oct. 19 election.
OLAND MURDER CASE BACK IN COURT
The trial resumes today for Dennis Oland, who is charged in the death of his father, well-known businessman Richard Oland. The 46-year-old has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the high-profile case in Saint John, N.B. The Crown has told the jury that Oland was killed in a violent outburst that resulted in 40 blows to his head and neck.
STUDENT CHARGED WITH MURDER DUE IN COURT
The case of a 22-year-old Dalhousie University student charged with first-degree murder in the death of a fellow student is due to appear in a Halifax court today. It’s expected dates for a preliminary inquiry will be set for William Sandeson. He was charged last month, four days after Taylor Samson was reported missing in Halifax. His body has not been found.
COURT RECORDS REVEAL PAST OF ACCUSED KILLER
Basil Borutski, the man charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of three women in eastern Ontario, has a criminal history that includes allegations and convictions of violent behaviour toward his ex-wife and former girlfriends. Borutski has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, Nathalie Warmerdam 48, and Carol Culleton, 66. He was remanded in custody until Oct. 5.
WOMAN SAYS MOUNTIES THREATENED TO SEIZE KIDS
A First Nations woman from British Columbia’s central coast is suing the province after two Mounties allegedly threatened to seize her three young children if she didn’t let them search her vehicle for drugs. Kimberly Mack will appear in provincial court in Bella Coola today asking to be compensated $15,000 for what she alleges was an illegal search that failed to turn up any drugs.
POPULAR CHASE THE ACE GAME GIVEN END DATE
A wildly popular fundraising game that has drawn thousands of people to a small Cape Breton town will be brought to an end on Oct. 3 by organizers who say Chase the Ace has simply grown too big. The game, which involves finding the ace of spades in a deck of playing cards, saw its jackpot grow from $35 last October to more than $884,000.
ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY
Members of the Ontario legislature vote today on whether to put a cap of $3,250 on the province’s estate administration tax.
Six members of the Big City Mayor’s Caucus discuss federal commitments to partner with cities on various issues.
Premier Rachel Notley to give keynote address to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association annual convention in Calgary.
A 12-week trial begins in St. John’s for Newfoundland and Labrador residential school students seeking compensation and an apology from the federal government for alleged abuse and cultural losses.