PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Nov 12

Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:29am EST
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Nov 12 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* People in southeastern British Columbia are dying from prescription opioid overdoses at the same rate they're dying in drunk-driving accidents.

Across southeastern B.C., an average of 21 people are dying each year from overdoses of prescribed opioids such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl, the study showed. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Retailer Leon's Furniture Ltd is acquiring arch-rival the Brick Ltd for about $700 million in a friendly deal that is aimed at strengthening the merchants as they prepare for the next foreign retail invasion.

The agreement, which was announced Sunday evening, will see the country's two largest specialty furniture retailers team up amid a sluggish economy and weakening housing market, which has put strains on sales growth and forced the two big players to look for new ways to gain an edge. ()   Continued...