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Nov 1 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* While tens of thousands of children are putting the final touches on Halloween costumes and masks, the House of Commons has approved a bill banning people from hiding their faces during riots.

The private member's legislation, Bill C-309, is the brainchild of Alberta Conservative backbencher Blake Richards.

* The Parti Québécois government is proposing a new law to break the "scourge" of corruption and is promising tighter management of the public purse in the cash strapped province.Reports in the business section:

* Athabasca Oil Corp faces new obstacles in completing a long promised multibillion dollar joint venture with partners from Kuwait and Spain, months after it said such a deal was imminent.