PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Sept 20

Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:48am EDT
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Sept 20 (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 Palestinian Authority, which had bitter words for Ottawa just a year ago, is now offering praise, and the Harper government - known for its staunch pro-Israel views - is opening the purse strings to send new aid. The rapprochement does not entail a shift in the Conservatives' support for Israel, but it is clear that the government is looking to strike a gentler, friendlier tone with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. ()

* An overflow crowd sparred over the future of Toronto's island airport during an occasionally heated public meeting Thursday evening. At issue is a proposal to extend the runway by up to 200 meters at each end to accommodate jet aircraft at the facility, which is known properly as Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. ()

* Ontario has condemned Quebec's proposed secular charter, passing a resolution promising that religious symbols will always be welcome in the province's public places. While politicians across the country have lined up against the Parti Québécois's attempts to keep religion out of the public realm, Ontario legislators went a step further on Thursday. ()