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10/07/2015 04:15 EDT | Updated 10/07/2016 01:12 EDT

Six stories in the news today, Oct. 7

Six stories in the news today, Oct. 7 from The Canadian Press:

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TORIES VOW CASH FOR AUTO SECTOR TO EASE TPP

Inside the Global Emissions System Inc. manufacturing plant in Whitby, Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked up the merits of a landmark trade agreement. Outside, about two dozen workers from the nearby GM assembly plant in Oshawa toted signs wondering if that agreement was going to cost them their jobs. The moment mirrored the battle that unfolded Tuesday on the federal campaign trail as the TPP was thrust into the spotlight.

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TPP TRADE PACT TO INCREASE CHICKEN IMPORTS

Canadian restaurants aren't holding out much hope that the massive new Pacific Rim trade deal will boost the availability of the antibiotic-free chicken their customers are increasingly craving. The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will open an additional 2.1 per cent of the Canadian chicken market to imports in addition to the 7.5 per cent existing threshold.

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ONTARIO PREMIER AGREES TO CLOSED EVENTS WITH CHINESE

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she agreed to exclude the media from all three events she has scheduled today with a Communist Party official from China because she was asked to do so. Wynne says she agreed to close the doors at a meeting with Luo Zhijun, Party Secretary of Jiangsu province, because the Chinese had made a series of requests.

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TRIAL TOLD TURCOTTE KILLED KIDS TO SPITE WIFE

The first-degree murder trial of Guy Turcotte continues today in Montreal. On Tuesday, a nurse testified that Turcotte told her he killed his two children in February 2009 to spite his wife. Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent reminded the jurors that comments attributed to Turcotte by another person constitute hearsay and they cannot conclude the remarks were actually made.

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RULING EXPECTED IN N.S. IN CASE OF BOY KILLED BY BUS

A Nova Scotia judge is expected to hand down a verdict today in the case of a 15-year-old boy accused of pushing a fellow high school student to his death under the wheels of a school bus. The teen, who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, allegedly shoved Christopher Chafe down an embankment outside Sydney Academy in Cape Breton last winter.

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REPORT: INVESTORS FLOCK TO SASKATOON FARMLAND

A new report on real estate trends says foreign investors may start looking beyond Toronto and Vancouver and begin targeting markets in Montreal and Saskatoon in the coming year. The report by PwC Canada and the Urban Land Institute says both foreign and domestic real estate investment will shift in 2016 from Western Canada, where falling oil prices are hurting growth, to the east, where the low loonie is boosting manufacturing.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY ...

— Service Alberta Minister Deron Bilous will discuss the government's plans to review payday loans regulations.

— Eighteen First Nation and environmental groups are in the Federal Court of Appeal to challenge of the federal government's approval to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

— Drug store chain The Jean Coutu Group will release its second-quarter earnings.

— The trial continues in Saint John for Dennis Oland, accused of second-degree murder in the death of his father, Richard Oland.

— Statistics Canada will provide building permit figures for August.

 

The Canadian Press