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Midweek Headlines – October 1 


  1. The latest Nanos Research poll shows Conservatives getting an edge over other parties. The new survey reveals Conservatives now have 32.8% voter support, Liberals have 31.7%, and NDP 26.1%, and Green Party has 4.1%. In Ontario once again Conservatives are moving ahead with 36% with the Liberals also standing at the same number while NDP is trailing at number three with 23% and Green Party has 6%. In Quebec NDP is leading with 34% support, Liberals have 24% and the Conservatives have 21%. In BC, once again Conservatives have 32%, Liberals have 30% and NDP has 29%.
  2. The Forum Research poll also shows Conservatives ahead of other parties and have 34% support followed by the NDP and Liberals.
  3. Starting today five provinces have announced to increase their hourly wages. Alberta has increased it from $10.20 to $11.20; Saskatchewan from $10:20 to $10:50; New Brunswick to $10:30 an hour and thus has the lowest hourly wage in Canada. In Manitoba it has risen from $10.70 to $11 and Newfoundland and Labrador’s up to $10:50 but the Northern Territories get the highest minimum wage which is $12.50.
  4. Canada’s International Trade Minister Ed fast is in Atlanta for the TTP talks and wishes to broker the deal. In Ontario many think if the deal is struck the auto and dairy industry will suffer.
  5. Jian Ghomeshi who is back in court has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges. It was one year back when CBC announced it is sacking him under sexual harassment charges.
  6. Canada has signed a $15 billion armoured vehicles deal with Saudi Arabia but many here are asking how a deal is brokered with a country that has poor human rights ratings. However, amid these talks leaders are quiet.
  7. As Russian is preparing for more offensives, some Syrian activists have complaint of attacks on them as well. These are the ones who are backed by the USA military and as a result the USA has also shown its concerns on the fact.
  8. The three-day siege by Taliban on Afghanistan’s northern area Kunduz has come to an end. The Afghan forces have taken the city back from the militant outfit with the help of US military assistance.
  9. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif has said his country wishes friendship with India. Good relations between the two countries are vital for peace in the region.
  10. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said to abolish jungle raj in Bihar, establishment of a BJP government is a must.
  11. UP police has filed a case against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for threatening an IPS officer.
  12. The troubles of AAP lawmaker Somnath Bharti do not seem to end as his bail has been rejected by the Supreme Court of India.
  13. In the first ODI being played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, the guests seem to have a strong position as they scored 259 for 6. In reply Zimbabwe has scored 122 for 7. Victory for Pakistan is on the cards. News of the first T20 match between India and South Africa that starts tomorrow at 9:30am Toronto time will also be aired.

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