Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Atlantic Update-

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(Atl-Immigration-Forum)

A former ambassador and premier of New Brunswick is issuing a stark warning about the future of Atlantic Canada.

Frank McKenna says the region could be in jeopardy if more isn't done to increase its population through immigration.

McKenna -- who is now deputy chairman of the T-D Bank Group -- spoke at a day-long summit being held by the Public Policy Forum in Fredericton.

He says the region has finally realized it has a huge problem -- having both an aging population and an exodus of young people in search of employment.

A report released this week shows Atlantic Canada has the lowest retention rates for immigrants across Canada. (The Canadian Press)

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(NS-Fire-Death)

R-C-M-P say it could take days to confirm the identities of two people who died in a suspicious fire at a home in Springhill, Nova Scotia.

Two bodies were recovered from the home after yesterday's fire but police say autopsies will be needed to confirm the gender and age of the victims.

Corporal Dal Hutchinson says the autopsies -- which are expected to be performed today -- will also help determine the cause of death.

Nova Scotia's Office of the Fire Marshal and the Medical Examiner's Service have been called in, but the scene remains under the control of the R-C-M-P's major crime unit. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Fatal-Fire)

Mounties have released some more information about a fatal house fire in Colpitts Settlement, New Brunswick.

They say the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters responded at about 2:30 a-m.

The body of a 59-year-old man was later found inside the home.

R-C-M-P and the fire marshal's office are continuing to investigate to determine the exact cause of the fire but police say it is not believed to be suspicious. (The Canadian Press)

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(Child-Refugee)

A deportation hearing for former Somali child refugee Abdoul Abdi has been postponed. …

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