PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 12

Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:45am EDT
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Sept 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.


* The Parti Québécois is pushing the private sector to adopt its proposed charter of values as a model to create a more secular workplace. The charter, which would regulate religious-based clothing for public employees, has been met with mixed reactions, including concerns in the private sector that it sends a negative signal to would-be immigrants. ()

* Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday against a U.S. strike on Syria, saying such action risked escalating the conflict beyond that country and unleashing terrorist attacks. Writing in the New York Times, Putin said there were "few champions of democracy" in the 2-1/2-year-old civil war in Syria, "but there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all types battling the government." ()

* An armored car guard who gunned down four crewmates on the job has been handed the toughest sentence in Canada since the country's last execution, but it is not enough for some family members of his victims. An Edmonton judge agreed on Wednesday to a plea deal that gives 22-year-old Travis Baumgartner a life sentence with no chance of parole for 40 years. ()