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08/21/2015 04:49 EDT | Updated 08/21/2016 01:12 EDT

Five stories in the news today, Aug. 21

Five stories in the news today, Aug. 21 from The Canadian Press:

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DUFFY TRIAL TO HEAR MORE FROM EX-PMO LAWYER

Cross-examination is expected to begin today for a former lawyer of Stephen Harper at the fraud trial of Sen. Mike Duffy. Benjamin Perrin raised eyebrows Thursday when he contradicted the Conservative campaign over the secret $90,000 payment of Duffy's disputed expenses. Perrin said Harper's current chief of staff Ray Novak was told at least twice about the plan.

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PM HARPER BACKS NOVAK AS DUFFY TRIAL HEATS UP

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely more questions about the Mike Duffy trial today during a campaign stop in British Columbia. Thursday's testimony suggested Harper's chief of staff Ray Novak knew about the $90,000 Nigel Wright gave to Duffy. That contradicted previous statements from the Harper camp that only Wright and Duffy knew about the payment.

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KINDER MORGAN: TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE WILL BOOST ECONOMY

An expanded Trans Mountain pipeline would add $18.2 billion to Canada's gross domestic product over 20 years, benefit First Nations and reduce environmental harm, Kinder Morgan says. The energy giant filed its final submissions to the National Energy Board Thursday on its $5.4-billion plan to lay new pipe from Edmonton to Metro Vancouver. The board will issue its recommendation in January.

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ANALYSTS: TROUBLED ECONOMY MAY WEIGH ON BANKS.

The ongoing oil price plummet and a spate of bleak economic indicators have sparked renewed concerns about Canada's banks, which are set to report their third-quarter results next week. In a note to clients, CIBC analyst Robert Sedran bank results so far this year have been better than expected, but cautions that economic troubles could start to weigh on their results.

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WOMAN DENIED BRITISH VISA RETURNING HOME

A Canadian woman once denied a British visa on the grounds that her 45-year marriage lacked affection is asking the government to reconsider in light of her husband's health. Maria Summers's husband, David, was recently diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery days before she was slated to return home to Canada. The British government has said that Summers needs to leave the country by Aug. 23 after twice denying her application for permanent residency.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

— Statistics Canada will release the consumer price index figures for July.

— A Supreme Court of Nova Scotia judge will rule in a case under the province's Cyber Safety Act involving two former business partners, which could lead to a Charter challenge of the law.

 

The Canadian Press