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Municipalities sound alarm over UCP proposed plan on policing; Federal leaders prepare for last debate

Plan could see taxes spike in rural Alberta

A new model that would see rural Albertan’s taxes spike to pay for policing has municipal leaders sounding the alarm.  The UCP plan could see rural residents pay as much as $400 extra in taxes.  The Kenney government says consultations are still underway.  A decision is supposed to be made by early next week.

French language debate not expected to move the needle in the polls

It’s the last time party leaders will square off tonight, this time in French.  It is widely expected it will bring much of the same bickering seen at the English debate earlier this week. It is the last leader’s debate before the October 21st election but pundits say it likely won’t make much of a difference in the polls, instead saying the Thanksgiving weekend may have more influence as conversation around the dinner table turns to politics and undecided voters make up their minds.

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Freeland sent the messages about Turkey on Twitter Wednesday night

Canada is condemning Turkey’s invasion of Syria.  Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the incursion risks rolling back progress against Islamic State militants.  The action targets Kurdish forces and follows the American military’s abrupt withdrawal from the border of the two countries.

800,000 people die every year by suicide

Today is World Mental Health Day.  First introduced in 1992 it is observed every year on October 10th.  This year the theme is Suicide Prevention.  The day is supported by the World Health Organization.  According to the WHO every 40 seconds someone loses their life to suicide making it the second leading cause of death among people age 15 to 29.

British PM down to the wire to get EU divorce agreement

The leaders of Britain and Ireland are hoping today’s meeting will help them find a solution for a Brexit deal.  The sticking point is the border between the UK’s Northern Ireland and the E-U’s Ireland.  Britain is set to leave the European Union at the end of this month and there is still no agreement.

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