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Parties jostle before debate

OTTAWA—Anticipation of the first televised French-language debate loomed large on the campaign trail yesterday, with the parties jostling for position in advance of the showdown that promises to put NDP leader Tom Mulcair in the cross-hairs.

Mulcair moved to pre-empt one line of attack: his refusal to demand that face coverings be banned during citizenship ceremonies.

‘Chase the Ace’ too popular

INVERNESS, N.S.—The organizer of a wildly-popular fundraising game that has drawn thousands of people to a small Cape Breton town will bring the event to an end on Oct. 3, saying “Chase the Ace” simply has grown too big.

Cameron MacQuarrie said if no one wins the jackpot this Saturday, they will play until someone draws the ace of spades the following weekend.

Shooter on the loose

WILNO, Ont.—Residents of a small eastern Ontario town were ordered to seek shelter TOday as police combed the area for a gunman believed to have killed at least one person.

The OPP offered few details about the shooting in Wilno, a small community about 180 km west of Ottawa, but confirmed someone was killed during the shooting that took place mid-morning.

Crew rescued

IQALUIT, Nunavut—Nine crew members from a Newfoundland fishing boat have been rescued from Arctic waters off Baffin Island.

The Halifax-based Joint Task Force Atlantic issued a Tweet last night saying the mission was a success and the fishers had been taken aboard FV Pamiut.