PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 16

Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:06am EDT
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Sept 16 (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 battle for the heart of Toronto is shaping up to be a war of wordsmiths. In concurrent nomination events on Sunday, the Liberal Party selected Chrystia Freeland while the New Democratic Party picked Linda McQuaig as their candidates for an as-yet unscheduled by-election in the downtown riding of Toronto Centre. Freeland and McQuaig will go head to head in the race to replace Bob Rae. ()

* Quebec's Liberal Leader is daring the Parti Québécois government to call an election over its secular charter as divisions intensify within the province, and with the rest of Canada, over a proposed ban on religious symbols in the public sector. ()

* Nova Scotia's Liberal party outlined its plan on Sunday to improve health care in the province, promising to reduce the number of district health authorities from 10 to two and to meet the national standard of a six-month wait for hip and knee replacement surgeries. ()