Six stories in the news today, Oct. 14:
TORIES, NDP TRY TO SHORE UP SUPPORT
With the campaign finish line in sight, the leaders of the Conservative and New Democratic parties will spend the day shoring up support in ridings they won in 2011. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will visit a pair of ridings in southwest Ontario while NDP Leader Tom Mulcair visits Dartmouth, N.S., and the Quebec riding of Repentigny. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will visit ridings in Ontario’s Niagara region won by the NDP and Tories in 2011.
TWO GIRLS DIE, THIRD INJURED, IN FARM ACCIDENT
Two young girls have been killed and another injured in a farm accident near Withrow, Alta. Rocky Mountain House RCMP say the three girls were playing on a loaded truck of canola at a family farm on Tuesday evening when they became buried by the seed in the truck and started to suffocate. Despite the efforts of emergency workers, two of the girls — ages 11 and 13 — died. Another 11-year-old girl was flown to an Edmonton hospital. Media reports that all three girls were sisters.
MILITARY HOME EQUITY CASE HEADS TO COURT
The lawyer for a Canadian Forces veteran who lost $72,000 on the sale of his house will be in a Halifax court today to argue a proposed class action should not be struck down. Under the rules, a military member can receive 100 per cent compensation through a home-equity assistance program if they sell their home in a depressed market. The dispute centres on what constitutes a depressed market.
VIDEO SURFACES IN PHILIPPINES ABDUCTION
Two men who identify themselves as Canadians taken hostage last month in the Philippines have appeared at gunpoint in a video that is circulating online. One man introduces himself as Robert Hall who says he is OK, but in grave danger. Another says he is John Ridsdel and urges the Canadian government to help the hostages. They, along with a Norwegian man and a Filipina woman, were taken hostage by gunmen a resort on Samal Island last month. Authorities were trying to verify the authenticity of the video.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS FACE DO OR DIE GAME
Millions of Canadians will be nervously glued to their TVs, radios and electronic devices this afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays try to win the fifth and deciding game of their American League Division Series against Texas. Marcus Stroman will start for the Jays in front of a packed house at the Rogers Centre while Cole Hamels will start for the Rangers. First pitch is just after 4 p.m. ET.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
A trial continues in Saint John, N.B., for Dennis Oland, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his father,