PRESS DIGEST-Canada-May 30

Thu May 30, 2013 5:51am EDT
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May 30 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Toronto's embattled mayor Rob Ford tried to talk about the city's response to a major event - overnight flooding that shut down rush hour traffic on the Don Valley Parkway - but instead faced a barrage of questions about the scandal that has engulfed his administration in the past two weeks. Ford refused to respond to questions related to allegations about crack cocaine use, or reports that a member of his staff tried to have the e-mail and phone records of three former employees destroyed. ()

* Quebec mining companies are reeling over proposed legislation that would require them to produce studies on the feasibility of processing ore in the province before proceeding with a new project. The requirement is part of the new Mining Act tabled on Wednesday, in which the Parti Quebecois minority government is seeking to maximize the economic spin-offs from major new mining projects. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Rogers Communications Inc has struck a deal to buy wireless spectrum in greater Toronto from Quebecor Inc's Videotron unit for C$180 million ($173 million). The purchase adds pressure to the federal government as it considers how to advance its policy of creating more competition in the wireless sector. The government sold spectrum - publicly owned radio waves used by mobile carriers to transmit phone calls and data - to Quebecor and other companies in 2008 in order to create alternatives to the three primary players in the industry: Rogers, BCE Inc and Telus Corp. ()   Continued...