5 things to know on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


It’s another busy day in the world of news.

Here are five need-to-know stories to get you up to speed: A new report shows an alarming increase in cases of HPV-associated cancer; Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the third and final U.S. presidential debate; Canada’s efforts to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces are put to the test in the push to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS; new numbers from Nanos Research show more than half of Canadians prefer Justin Trudeau as prime minister; and a University of British Columbia hockey player gets a chance to live his dream of playing for the Vancouver Canucks.

If you”re looking for a newscast to catch up on the morning’s top stories, watch CTV News On the Go.

Plus for “Dream Big Wednesday,” CTVNews.ca writer Angela Mulholland tells us what it’s like to travel with kids.

1. Alarming statistics: New numbers released by the Canadian Cancer Society early this morning indicate a “dramatic” increase in mouth and throat cancers caused by the human papilloma virus, especially in Canadian men. Overall, the report predicts that more than 202,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Canada this year.

2. Final face-off: The final presidential debate takes place tonight, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Donald Trump is expected to focus on the latest developments in the Hillary Clinton email controversy, while the Democratic candidate is expected to focus on the numerous allegations of sexual assault women have levelled against Trump in recent weeks.

3. Put to the test: As Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight to retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul, Canada”s work to train some of the soldiers is being tested. Approximately 200 highly-trained Canadian soldiers taught strategy and battlefield first aid to Kurdish Peshmerga troops.

4. Support for PM: According to a new numbers from Nanos Research, more than half of Canadians say they prefer Justin Trudeau as a prime minister. The latest weekly Nanos Party Power Index figures come as the Liberals mark one year in government.

5. Dream call-up: Matt Hewitt, a goalie for the University of British Columbia’s hockey team, is getting to live his dream, after signing a one-day contract to be backup netminder for the Vancouver Canucks.

And, one more thing from “Dream Big Wednesday”: CTVNews.ca writer Angela Mulholland and her family are on a six-month tour of Europe. Today, she explains why travelling with her two children is one of the best decisions she and her husband have ever made.

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