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08/27/2015 04:25 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Six stories in the news today, Aug. 27

Six stories in the news today, Aug. 27 from The Canadian Press:

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FISCAL PLATFORMS DOMINATE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

The question of who is best able to manage the economy is expected to dominate the election campaign again today. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has promised a balanced budget next year, no matter what, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau suggested balancing the books would likely be a matter of years. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said the budget is balanced now but won't stay that way if either of his opponents win the Oct. 19 election.

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CONSTITUTIONAL BEER BATTLE CONTINUES TODAY

A court case on whether a New Brunswick man can legally buy cheaper beer in Quebec continues today. Gerard Comeau of Tracadie is fighting a charge of illegally importing alcohol on constitutional grounds. A constitutional expert testified Wednesday that a ban on bringing beer across the border from Quebec to New Brunswick is a travesty of what the Fathers of Confederation wanted.

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REPORT: FRACKING CAUSED 4.4-MAGNITUDE QUAKE IN B.C.

A natural gas operation that halted work after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last week has been linked to the largest earthquake in the province that's been attributed to fracking. Progress Energy, which is owned by Malaysia's Petronas, paused its operations after the Aug. 17 quake 114 kilometres from Fort St. John. Progress Energy says the cause of the quake has not been established.

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WILDFIRE SMOKE FROM U.S. TO KEEP BLOWING INTO B.C.

Smoke from wildfires in Washington state has eased up in parts of southern British Columbia, but forecasters expect sooty air to keep blowing into the region for several days. Metro Vancouver has cancelled an air quality advisory but smoke remained thick throughout the Kootenay and Columbia regions in southeast B.C.

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PARENTS URGED TO PROVE IMMUNIZATION

The Canadian Medical Association has stopped short of advocating for mandatory vaccinations for children, calling instead for parents to provide proof to school officials that their children have been vaccinated. A resolution passed at the CMA annual meeting in Halifax called on governments to authorize elementary and secondary schools to require parents to declare their child's immunization status.

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WESTJET TO TAKE DELIVERY OF BOEING 767-300

WestJet will take delivery today of the first of four Boeing 767-300 extended range aircraft it plans to fly to Europe and elsewhere starting next month. The four aircraft will arrive separately over the next eight months. The first one arriving today will fly between Toronto and Calgary over the next several months.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS ...

— CIBC and the Toronto-Dominion Bank both report third-quarter earnings.

— In Halifax, the Crown continues its arguments in a Charter challenge of Nova Scotia's Cyber-Safety Act.

— Bail hearing in Winnipeg for Guido Amsel, accused of sending letter-bombs to his ex-wife and two law firms.

— Statistics Canada will update stats for payroll employment, earnings and hours for June.

 

The Canadian Press