Six stories in the news today, Sept. 16

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Six stories in the news today, Sept. 16 from The Canadian Press:

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HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN AMBER ALERT CASE

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A candlelight vigil meant to lend hope and support in the search for missing two-year-old girl Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette dissolved in grief Tuesday night as RCMP informed the crowd that investigators had discovered her remains. An Amber Alert had been issued for the Blairmore, Alta., child on Monday. The RCMP has scheduled a news briefing for Wednesday morning to discuss their investigation.

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EIGHT INJURED IN MANITOBA PLANE CRASH

Eight people were taken to hospital on Tuesday evening after a small plane crashed just after takeoff from the northern Manitoba community of Thompson. The Transportation Safety Board said the Piper PA-31 Navajo airport operated by Keystone Air crashed at about 7 p.m. about two kilometres from the airport. A TSB team was expected at the scene early Wednesday.

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OLAND MURDER TRIAL BEGINS IN NEW BRUNSWICK COURT

The murder trial for Dennis Oland begins today in a Saint John, New Brunswick, court. Oland is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father, high-profile businessman Richard Oland. The 46-year-old entered a plea of not guilty at the start of jury selection last week in Saint John.

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UNION UPS COURT FIGHT OVER FOREIGN SAILORS

The union representing civilian sailors is expanding its legal fight over the temporary foreign workers program, naming two federal cabinet ministers in two additional lawsuits filed in the Federal Court. A week ago, the Seafarers International Union of Canada asked a judge in Vancouver to review the temporary worker permits granted to foreign sailors on international ships that operated in Canadian waters this summer.

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CANADA’S LITERACY SCORE LOWER DUE TO HIGH IMMIGRANT POPULATION: REPORT

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A report says Canada’s average showing in an international survey of adult literacy doesn’t paint the full picture of where the country stands due to its high proportion of immigrants. The C.D. Howe Institute report notes that Canadian immigrants do well compared to their counterparts in other countries. However, it says that Canada’s overall standing was impacted because its immigrant population is higher than other nations.

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REALTOR PREDICTS RISE IN LUXURY HOME SALES

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada says turbulence on the Chinese stock market could send buyers from mainland China flocking to Canadian luxury real estate this fall. And the realtor predicts that sales of homes worth over $1 million will rise in Toronto and Vancouver. It says Montreal’s luxury market should be balanced and Calgary’s will slow due to declining crude prices.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY …

— Denis Lebel, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Quebec lieutenant, holds a news conference where he is expected to respond to the Federal Court of Appeal ruling on face coverings at citizenship ceremonies.

— Statistics Canada will update manufacturing figures for July and international transactions in securities.

— Closing arguments are expected in the Sydney, N.S. trial of a teenager charged with criminal negligence causing death under the Youth Justice Act after a Sydney Academy student died after being hit by a school bus.

 

The Canadian Press

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