In-The-News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on his radar of our editors for the morning of Sept. 17.
What we are watching in Canada …
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kicks off Day 7 of the federal election campaign in St. John’s, N.L., with an announcement at a parent-and-child centre before heading to Prince Edward Island for a rally at the farm of Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay.
At the same time, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is due at a non-profit housing complex in Ottawa for an announcement with a candidate, Emilie Taman, who’s hoping to take a downtown seat away from the Liberals’ Catherine McKenna.
Then Singh goes to northern Ontario to hit a plowing match and host a town hall in Sudbury.
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is in Winnipeg, making a policy announcement at a beauty school.
The Greens’ Elizabeth May is to talk about her party’s plans to protect Canadians’ privacy at the high-tech University of Waterloo.
Also this …
Ontario’s annual International Plowing Match is set to get underway today, and most of the province’s political party leaders are expected to be there.
Premier Doug Ford and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will both be taking part in the match’s opening ceremonies.
Green party Leader Mike Schreiner will also be at the match, which takes place in Verner, Ont., about 55 kilometres west of North Bay.
The plowing match sees politicians take part in a parade and party leaders drive tractors to see who can most successfully plow a straight furrow.
ICYMI (In case you missed it) …
OTTAWA — The Liberals are deciding to change their tune.
Party chose the English-language song, “One Hand Up,” by Canadian rock band The Strumbellas as its election theme song.
It was the band that translated the lyrics and recorded the French-language version.
But the rendition was criticized online as being badly translated and incomprehensible.
After initially defending the song, the party has said it will be re-recorded.
On this day in 1949 …
The Canadian Steamship Lines passenger vessel Noronic caught fire at its dock in Toronto, killing 119 people. The fire broke out at midnight while most of the 542 passengers were sleeping.
The Noronic was the largest Canadian passenger vessel ever put into service on the Great Lakes.
What we are watching in the U.S. …
New York City prosecutors have subpoenaed U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.
Manhattan District Attorney’s Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office recently sent a subpoena to Trump’s accounting firm seeking the last eight years of state and federal tax returns for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, the person said.
The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Asked about the subpoena as he left the White House on Monday, Trump said: “I don’t know anything about it.” A lawyer for the Trump Organization, Marc Mukasey, said he is “evaluating the situation and will respond as appropriate.”
What we are watching in the rest of the world …
TEHRAN, Iran — Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level.”
Today’s remarks were apparently meant to end all rumours about a possible meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, at this month’s UN General Assembly in New York later this month.
Tensions roiling the Persian Gulf have escalated following a weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia, for which the U.S. blames on Iran.
Iran denies the charge.
Experts suspect the lost Saudi oil output will soon drive up oil and gas prices worldwide.
Weird and wild …
CALGARY — This piece of art really caused a stir.
Several police officers descended on the University of Calgary campus for what turned out to be a phoney firearm being used in a display.
The Calgary Police Service says they responded to a report of a suspicious person Monday.
Numerous officers responded, including from the tactical and K-9 units.
Officers determined there was no danger and left the campus just over an hour after they arrived.
Police say the brown and black rifle made of papier mache was part of some sort of display at the university.
Your travel …
LIMA, Peru — Peru is a foodie’s paradise.
With a bounty of quality restaurants at every turn, bringing a healthy appetite to Lima will be rewarded.
Few cities can match the delectable offerings on hand in the Peruvian capital. Roast chicken is a standard and lomo saltado, a stir fry with meat and veggies, is also very popular.
An absolute must-try is ceviche — fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juice, chilies and onions — that has to be tasted to be believed. Washing your meal down with a pisco sour is a fine capper.
For the adventurous diner, anticucho (beef-heart skewers) and cuy (guinea pig) are found on many menus.
Once you’ve made it to the dinner table, your taste buds will no doubt thank you.
Celebrity buzz …
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie “Ad Astra,” had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.
“Who was more believable? Clooney or Pitt?”
In a televised call, NASA astronaut Nick Hague answered Pitt — “absolutely” — getting a big laugh. Pitt’s Hollywood pal George Clooney starred in the 2013 space film “Gravity.”
Hague and the rest of the International Space Station crew previewed “Ad Astra” a few weeks ago.
The movie opens on Earth Friday.
The games we play …
IVUJIVIK, Que. — Thomassie Mangiok loves his land and the culture it created so much he wants to share it with everybody.
Since he can’t bring the world to his tiny Arctic hamlet on Quebec’s northernmost tip, he invented a way to bring Inuit life in Ivujivik to the world.
The result is a board game called “Nunami.” The object is not to control territory or dominate your opponent, but to achieve a productive co-existence.
“I wanted to encourage people to live in balance with others — people, animals, plants, whatever,” said Mangiok, a school administrator.
He now has a deal with a U.S. company to mass-produce “Nunami.” And he has almost 400 people lined up to buy the game as soon as he reaches his fundraising goal on Kickstarter.
When that goal is reached — Mangiok was less than $2,000 away on Monday — production and shipping is to begin.
The Canadian Press