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10/22/2015 04:21 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Seven stories in the news today, Oct. 22

Seven stories in the news today, Oct. 22 from The Canadian Press:

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COUNTRY PREPARES TO HONOUR SLAIN SOLDIERS CIRILLO AND VINCENT

Political leaders, soldiers and citizens gather on Parliament Hill today at the National War Memorial to mark the anniversary of two uniformed soldiers murdered one year ago. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned a year ago today as he stood guard at the memorial — two days after an extremist deliberately rand down Cpl. Patrice Vincent, 53, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. Gov. Gen. David Johnston will attend the ceremony along with outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau.

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MORE CHANGES TO PARLIAMENT HILL SECURITY?

A year after a rampaging gunman stormed the Centre Block, the RCMP and federal officials are still studying ways to make Parliament Hill more secure, says a senior Mountie. While it's still early, the process could lead to new, highly visible security measures on the Hill, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud.

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GILLES DUCEPPE EXPECTED TO STEP DOWN TODAY AS BLOC QUEBECOIS LEADER

Gilles Duceppe is expected to announce today that he is stepping down as leader of the Bloc Quebecois. He has scheduled a news conference in Montreal for 1 p.m. ET. Duceppe's party won just 10 of Quebec's 78 ridings in Monday's federal election and saw its share of the popular vote slip below 20 per cent. Duceppe also lost his own Montreal riding for a second straight election.

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CROWN TO CONTINUE CASE TODAY AGAINST TORONTO COP CHARGES IN SHOOTING

The Crown continues its case today against a Toronto police officer charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 18-year-old man. On Wednesday, the Toronto jury saw several videos of the July 2013 incident in which Sammy Yatim was fatally shot by Const. James Forcillo on an empty streetcar. Forcillo has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the shooting.

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FAMILY OF BOY, GRANDFATHER KILLED ON FARM CALLS FOR AWARENESS

When Dennis Becker saw his grandson sinking in a semi-trailer loaded with grain in August, he did all he could to save him. But as he clawed through the kernels trying to free 14-year-old Layne Langridge, the 63-year-old man also became trapped and both suffocated on Becker's farm near Burstall, Sask. In the wake of a similar tragedy that killed three young sisters on an Alberta farm, Becker's son, Barry, is calling for greater awareness of the risks of handling grain on a farm.

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AIRBNB INTRODUCES BROADER INSURANCE COVERAGE

Airbnb is adding a new level of insurance coverage in Canada as part of wider support for people who list their properties through its service. The online accommodation provider says its Host Protection Insurance program, which launched this year in the U.S., would be rolled out in 15 more countries. The expanded coverage will provide compensation if a guest is injured at a property listed on Airbnb and brings a claim against the host.

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JUSTIN TRUDEAU 'JUST WATCH ME' NOTE ON eBAY

A 2013 note in which then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper is up for sale on eBay. Michael Kydd was on Porter Airlines flight on March 20, 2013, and passed a note to Trudeau asking "Can you really beat Harper?" Trudeau responded with a quote from his late father — former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau — "Just watch me." Bidding on the note — which ends Thursday afternoon — stood at $3,650 early Thursday.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will announce changes to her cabinet.

— Statistics Canada releases retail trade and employment insurance figures for August.

— Companies reporting third-quarter results today include Rogers Communications Inc., Corus Entertainment Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Husky Energy Inc., and Precision Drilling Corp.

— The Oland murder trial continues in Saint John, N.B.

— Bail application in Halifax for William Sandeson, accused of first-degree murder in death of university student Taylor Samson.

— Francis Jutras returns to court in Montreal on six counts, including first-degree murder, for allegedly attacking three people with a hammer.

 

The Canadian Press