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missing calgary motherFAMILY PLEADS FOR RETURN OF MISSING CALGARY GIRL

Relatives of a missing five-year-old girl have pleaded for the safe return of a “vivacious” and “curious” curly-haired child whose mother was found dead in the basement suite where the two lived. he slain woman’s uncle appealed directly to whomever might have Taliyah Leigh Marsman. An Amber Alert issued early Tuesday remains in effect.

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the tenorsTHE TENORS APOLOGIZE FOR ALTERED ANTHEM

Members of The Tenors have quickly distanced themselves from a rogue Tenor after he inserted a political statement into the lyrics of O Canada before the Major League Baseball all-star game in San Diego. The British Columbia-based group said in a statement that Remigio Pereira acted as a “lone wolf” and won’t be performing with The Tenors until further notice.

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FLASH FLOOD RISK PROMPTS EVACUATION IN SASK.

Hopes are high that sandbagging efforts had at least partially paid off in an east-central Saskatchewan town that had braced for a flash flood after a road holding back water gave way. Earlier in the day, officials in Arborfield started going door-to-door after the breach 13 kilometres south of the town as part of an evacuation order for the entire town.

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ANGLICANS APPROVE SAME-SEX UNIONS AFTER VOTE ERROR

Questions about the voting process in which Anglicans rejected a resolution to allow same-sex marriage by just one vote emerged Tuesday, leading to a stunning reversal of the result. The error was discovered after delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records. Before the mistake was discovered, several bishops said they had planned to go ahead with same-sex marriages regardless of the initial result.

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CENTRAL BANK OUTLOOK TO WEIGH WILDFIRES, BREXIT

The Bank of Canada will update its economic projections today for the first time since a huge wildfire shuttered Alberta oilsands facilities and Britain voted to leave the European Union. Central bank governor Stephen Poloz will also make his scheduled announcement on the bank’s benchmark interest rate, which is widely expected to stay at its rock-bottom level of 0.5 per cent.

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TORIES’ KING OF TWITTER SEEKS NEW THRONE

Former Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement is now running for the leadership of his party — but it’s not the first time he has pursued the job. Clement tried in 2004 when the Canadian Alliance merged with the Progressive Conservatives to form the current Conservative party, but he finished third to Stephen Harper, who led the party until last fall.

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Money in WalletNEARLY HALF NOT SAVING FOR RETIREMENT: HSBC

A report by HSBC suggests that nearly half of working-age Canadians are not saving for retirement. The international bank says 48 per cent of pre-retirees in the country say they have not started or are not currently saving for their life after work. The poll also found that one in five working-age Canadians say that money from downsizing or selling their home or a secondary property will help pay for retirement.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:

— A sentencing review will be held in Calgary for Matthew de Grood, who was found not criminally responsible in the stabbing deaths of five students.

— Sen. Patrick Brazeau will appear before a judge in Ottawa.

— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will holds a teleconference call to update Canada’s contribution to the fight against ISIL.

— Corus Entertainment Inc. and Sirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., will release their latest financial results.

— Gov. Gen David Johnston will present honours in Halifax to more than 70 recipients from across the Atlantic provinces.