PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 18

Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:51am EDT
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Sept 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Quebec's intense debate over restrictions on religious minorities was supposed to peel the blue paint off the walls of the National Assembly to start the fall sitting. But instead of pressing the issue on Tuesday, the three main provincial parties pulled back to survey the changing political landscape. ()

* The British Columbia New Democratic Party is already debating questions over leadership succession even as it awaits word, expected as early as Wednesday, from Adrian Dix about whether he will step down as party leader. The party, weighed down by debt and still torn apart over its dismal showing in the May provincial election, appears to be far from ready for an expensive and likely divisive leadership contest. ()

* Toronto is scaling back plans to hike development fees on new homes in a move that will delay the full impact of rate increases and ward off a battle with the development industry. The compromise, outlined in a staff report released Tuesday, would see the fees for a single home or semi jump to C$34,482 ($33,500) from C$19,412. That's a 78 percent increase, but less than the C$37,457 fee proposed in June. ()