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SENTENCING TODAY IN SAMMY YATIM CASE

A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim on an empty streetcar is expected to learn his fate today. Const. James Forcillo is set to be sentenced after he was acquitted in January of second-degree murder, but found guilty of attempted murder for continuing to fire after the teen had fallen to the floor.

MEETING SET TO DISCUSS PHOENIX PAYROLL PROBLEMS

Department officials, federal employees and union representatives are set to meet in Ottawa today to discuss problems with the federal government’s Phoenix payroll system. More than 80,000 civil servants have pay issues, including 720 who have not been paid at all — in some cases for months. Public Services Minister Judy Foote says 486 of those employees were paid Wednesday, but the rest will have to wait until the next pay period.

SECOND CANADIAN ARRESTED IN TURKEY

A second Canadian has been arrested in Turkey in the wake of an attempted coup earlier this month. The Anatolian Heritage Federation in Ottawa says Ilhan Erdem was arrested on what it calls “trumped up” allegations that he leads a movement in Canada based on the teaching of a U.S.-based cleric who is critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The other Canadian, Davud Hanci of Calgary, is is apparently being held on accusations he was involved in the July 15 coup attempt.

PSYCHIATRIST TO CONTINUE TESTIMONY IN BAIN CASE

A forensic psychiatrist who met with alleged murder Richard Henry Bain nearly two years ago after his arrest will take the stand again today at his trial. Bain, 65, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in connection with a shooting the night the Parti Quebecois won a provincial election in 2012. Marie-Frederique Allard testified Wednesday that it was clear to her Bain was in a manic state brought on by bipolar disorder.

SUNCOR BOTTON LINE SCORCHED BY WILDFIRE

Fierce wildfires that swept through northern Alberta’s oilsands region in May have delivered a $735-million net loss for Suncor Energy. The Calgary-based company says the fire meant it failed to produce about 20 million barrels of upgraded and raw bitumen. It said it spent $50 million related to evacuation and restart activities, offset by $180 million in cost savings while operations were suspended.

UPGRADE TO A GOLD MEDAL POSSIBLE FOR CANADIAN WEIGHTLIFTER

Christine Girard appears poised to become Canada’s first Olympic gold medallist in weightlifting, but she may have to wait years to celebrate the achievement. Girard’s bronze medal from the London Olympics may be upgraded to gold after the two women from Russia and Kazakhstan who finished ahead of her were nabbed in doping retests.

ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— Statistics Canada will release figures for payroll employment, earnings and hours for May.

— The Supreme Court of Canada will issue decisions in seven leave to appeal applications.

— In Halifax, prison watchdog Howard Sapers will release a report into deaths in custody.

— Numerous companies report earnings today, including Tembec, Kinross Gold, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Barrick Gold, Maple Leaf Foods, Sleep Country Canada, TransCanada Corp., Potash Corp., Cameco, Goldcorp, Teck Resources and Eldorado Gold.

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