The sun is looking to make a brief visit today according to Environment Canada, with a high of 24°C and a low of 14°C. Here’s what you need to know for this final hump day of September.

Chiarelli to take medical leave

The Ottawa Citizen reports that College Ward Councillor Rick Chiarelli, under fire for accusations of inappropriate behaviour, will take a medical leave of absence from his city hall duties because of an “unspecified health issue.” This news comes just one day after Councillor Diane Deans announced she would be taking leave to undergo ovarian cancer treatment. Chiarelli’s office also confirmed a CBC report that a few days after his medical diagnosis, he was vacationing in the Czech Republic, which he said had been suggested by his doctors.

Senators look to split pre-season series in Vancouver

The Ottawa Senators take to the ice in Vancouver tonight at 10 p.m. EST for the second of two pre-season matches on the west coast, the Ottawa Citizen reports. Monday night’s first game saw Ottawa fall 6-4 to the Canucks, with reigning NHL rookie of the year Elias Pettersson netting two goals and assisting on two more.

Trudeau calls Singh to discuss blackface photos, video

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh received a private phone call from Liberal leader Justin Trudeau Tuesday evening, according to CBC News. The call comes after the Liberal Party said Friday Trudeau wished to speak with Singh on the scandal. Singh is the first visible minority federal leader in Canada, and has spoken at length about “the pain” of viewing the photos and video.

Ottawa Centre candidates debate in the Glebe

Five candidates vying to serve as the MP for Ottawa Centre will debate this evening at the Glebe Community Centre, Hintonburg.com reports. Incumbent Liberal Catherine McKenna will be joined by candidates from the NDP, Green, Conservative and People’s parties, along with moderator CBC’s Adrian Harewood. The debate begins at 7 p.m.

Election: Day 15

There are 26 days until election day. Where in Canada are the party leaders today? CBC News says Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will remain in the Vancouver area this morning, as will NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier. Singh and Bernier will stay out west all day, while Trudeau will head to Thunder Bay, Ont. this evening. Further east, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May will be in Halifax.


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