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Ottawa agenda for Friday: job numbers, housing starts and a high court ruling

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OTTAWA - Canadians will get an indication today of how the economy was doing last month, plus a peek at what lies ahead for the housing construction industry.

Statistics Canada will release its labour force survey for October, outlining how many jobs were either lost or created in the month.

And the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release preliminary numbers on housing starts for last month.

Some of the other events taking place today in the national capital:

— The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the country's largest federal public service union, will hear today from Kevin Page at the union's 94th annual general meeting. Page is the former parliamentary budget officer who proved a persistent thorn in the side of the Harper government until his term expired earlier this year.

— The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in the appeal launched by Leighton Hay, a Toronto man who was convicted in the 2002 execution-style murder of a beloved member of the city's Guyanese community.

— The high court will also hear the appeal of Craig Jaret Hutchinson, a Nova Scotia man convicted of sexual assault for poking holes in his girlfriend's condoms in the hopes of getting her pregnant.

— And it will be a pomp and ceremony day at Rideau Hall as Gov. Gen. David Johnston presents the Order of Military Merit to a number of recipients.

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