Tories, NDP to release platforms as advance polls open

Harper says his party will focus on a 'low tax, balanced budget,' while Mulcair says he'll balance the budget in a year and invest in infrastructure.

  • Spider Bite Leaves Man Fighting For His Life As Flesh Starts To Rot

    Orlando Jimenez Jimenez (pictured above, before and after) was using an outside toilet in Islay when the arachnid fell on him and bit his left ear. The 31-year-old, nicknamed Chamo, was rushed to Honorio Delgado Espinoza hospital in Arequipa.

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  • Woman’s Facebook search for ‘stunning’ guy she met at nightclub ends in disaster

    After celebrating a night out for her birthday, a hairdressing student from Manchester, UK, took to Facebook to post a photo with the ‘stunning’ dude she met at a nightclub. Pippa McKinney’s attempt to find the stranger who she shared kisses and her number with quickly spread through Facebook.

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  • Yolanda's Lyme Disease Shocker 

    Lyme disease continues to wreak havoc on Yolanda Foster and her family. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and now she has revealed that her children, Bella and Anwar Hadid, also have it. "I honestly don't have the proper words in my vocabulary to describe to you the darkness, the pain, and the unknown hell I’ve lived these past years," she said at the Global Lyme Alliance Gala in New York City on Thursday.

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  • Daughter of Scarborough man who died in Cuba questions resort's safety policies

    The daughter of a Scarborough man who died at a Cuban resort says she wants to know why an ambulance crew left her father's body on the beach for four hours and is questioning the medical attention lifeguards gave him. Sellviya Nicholas Anton last saw her father, Elvin, alive on the morning of Aug. 25, while the pair pushed themselves through a gruelling pool aerobics class. Within an hour, Sellviya Nicholas Anton was called to the beach to find lifeguards standing over her father.

  • 7 Signs Your House Needs New Siding (7 photos)

    It's a cruel fact: Those factors that make home exterior siding so crucial are the same ones that undermine its performance over the long term. In other words, in defending your home against the hot sun, bitter cold, harsh wind, and precipitation, exterior siding eventually falls victim to the very threats it's meant to repel. Of course, many types of siding last for decades, especially when the siding has been properly maintained. But for even the best-maintained siding, there comes a time when repairing or repainting just won't cut it—a time when, for the continued protection of your home, you need to replace the siding altogether. Fortunately, there are many benefits to be gained from an upgrade. Thanks to advances in design and manufacturing, the latest siding products offer much more than weather protection. Eye-catching curb appeal, higher home resale value, improved energy efficiency, and dramatically lower maintenance requirements are only some of the reasons homeowners choose Weatherbeater, a vinyl siding option exclusive to Sears Home Services. When you're ready, Sears Home Services can guide you through the entire re-siding project, from selecting the new material all the way to installing it. But first things first: Before you leap into replacing your siding, you need to evaluate the condition of your current siding. Has it really reached the end of its useful lifespan? Click now to learn the telltale signs that suggest that your siding's days are numbered. | By Donna Boyle Schwartz,

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  • New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed, 630 more than official toll

    The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll. The Associated Press count of the dead from the worst tragedy to strike the hajj in a quarter-century comes as Saudi Arabia faces threats ranging from an Islamic State insurgency, a war in Yemen against Shiite rebels and weakening global oil prices gnawing away at its reserves. Saudi Arabia has been hesitant to release updated casualty figures from the Sept. 24 stampede in Mina, even as hundreds remain missing.

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  • NASA Confirms Two-Mile Wide Asteroid Set To Pass Earth, Says Don’t Panic

    NASA has responded to worried citizens and conspiracy theorists to confirm that a massive two-mile wide asteroid will pass Earth on Saturday, but poses no threat. The gigantic asteroid is currently zooming through space at nail-biting speeds of 40,000 miles per hour, but the American space agency claims that there is no danger of it hitting Earth. A collision would be catastrophic, with the catchily named asteroid 86666 (2000 FL 10) being more than 15 times bigger than others currently on NASA’s radar.

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  • Ellen Squashes Kim Kardashian ‘Difficult’ Rumors

    On Ellen, the host took some time out to address recent magazine stories claiming that Kim Kardashian West was “difficult” on the show last week. Degeneres said, “I don’t understand how people keep making up stories and can print it in magazines… really truly she could not be nicer, she was lovely.”

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  • Thousands of new Canadians barred from voting with Citizenship Act changes

    Many former immigrants and refugees who have been in Canada for years are finding that they aren't able to take part in the federal election this month. Tamara Segura came to Canada from Cuba in 2010, and under the old federal rules she would be able to vote on Oct. 19. "Being able to vote is a big deal to me, I come from a country where a vote is mandatory but we just have one party — so I have never really voted in my life," she said.

  • Bank of Canada survey shows still-tepid business sentiment

    Overall business sentiment in Canada remains tepid as firms adjust to a drop in commodity prices and a weaker Canadian dollar that helps some and hurts others, according to a Bank of Canada survey released on Friday. The bank's quarterly business outlook survey showed companies had experienced a flattening in sales growth over the past 12 months.

  • Cop under fire for mailing speeding tickets without stopping motorists

    A Texas police officer is under investigation after it was found he was mailing out speeding tickets without actually pulling anyone over. Houston news channel KHOU 11 discovered that David Carter, a 13-year veteran on the city’s police force, wrote several tickets without making a traffic stop. “I was down south in South Texas, so I’m like, well how am I speeding in Houston if I’m out of town?” Emanuel Morfin told KHOU 11.

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  • Lake Winnipeg a lost cause thanks to zebra mussels, expert warns

    It's too late now to save Lake Winnipeg from an infestation of zebra mussels, a Manitoba water scientist says. The small, filter-feeding mussels, which reproduce aggressively, were first spotted in Lake Winnipeg's algae-ridden waters in October 2013. Despite efforts by the Manitoba government to control the problem, in part by dumping tonnes of liquid potash into the lake last year, the invasive species has become prolific.

  • ‘Carmageddon’: China’s 50-lane traffic jam is every driver’s worst nightmare

    The traffic jams on the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto don’t even come close to what Chinese motorists had to face this week. As the seven-day national holiday known as the ‘Golden Week’ wrapped up in China, thousands of motorists trying to return to the capital were stuck in a 50-lane traffic jam on the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway. The shocking scenes captured by aerial footage show Beijing-bound vehicles in complete gridlock, a traffic jam caused by a new checkpoint added recently on either side of the toll booth.

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  • KFC Says ‘Sorry’ To Customer Whose Gravy Pot Told Her To F*** Off

    The one thing that could make a date at KFC worse than being on a date at KFC is your order telling you to f*** off - but that’s exactly what happened to Emma Sneesby.  

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  • Stamkos contract rumors; Strome sent to junior; Stars outdoor snub (Puck Headlines)

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at

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  • Turcotte said he killed his children to spite his wife, nurse testifies at trial

    SAINT-JEROME, Que. - Guy Turcotte said he killed his two children to spite his wife, a nurse testified at his first-degree murder trial Tuesday. "He said he wanted to make her angry and that the way to do so was to take away from her what was most precious to her," Chantal Duhamel told the court. Duhamel said Turcotte told her he did not want his children, Olivier, 5, and Anne-Sophie, 3, to suffer from his separation from Isabelle Gaston and that is why he killed them in February 2009.

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  • Man Makes Brilliant Complaint To Tesco After Fiancee’s Chocolate Doughnuts Had No Filling In Them

    A Tesco shopper made a hilarious complaint to the store after his ‘chocolate addict’ fiancée was furious to find her chocolate doughnuts had no filling in them. Ryan Lloyd, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, posted on the supermarket’s Facebook page after fiancée Charlene-louise Johnstone 'ruined’ his relaxing night of playing FIFA. Ryan said: ‘I see people moaning all the time, going crazy over a 5p bag?

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  • Man runs towards Stephen Harper and is taken away during speech in Surrey, B.C.

    SURREY, B.C. â A man ran towards Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a rally in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday evening and was grabbed by RCMP officers before being taken away. The man ran towards Harper just as he was saying the Liberals and NDP would harm the economy. "They (the Liberals and the NDP) would significantly raise those risks friends," he said, as the man bolted across the open circle at the centre of the gathering.

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  • Have Egyptologists found Nefertiti's long-lost tomb? -

    Luxor, Egypt (CNN)Nefertiti disappeared without a trace 3,000 years ago. Could the long-lost Egyptian queen be just the other side of a wall? The journey to uncover the discovery of the century begins up Egypt's Nile -- tucked away in a valley outside Luxor. The heat is relentless: the sun god, Aten, punishes those who dare to enter, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). But what lies beneath these white limestone cliffs could eclipse Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun, Egypt's most famous pharaoh. Another British archaeologist, Nicolas Reeves, believes that Queen Nefertiti's final resting place is tucked away in a hidden chamber inside King Tut's tomb.

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  • House Cat Goes Outside For The First Time And Makes This Face

    Well, we don’t actually have to imagine with Kiwi as his series of facial expressions tells the exact story. The orange tabby’s owner uploaded a series of pictures to photo sharing site Imgur, captioning it ‘Kiwi’s Adventure To The Outside’ - and what an adventure it was. Kiwi is a house cat no more.

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