PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Dec 20

Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:46am EST
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Dec 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.


* An armored-vehicle program, once deemed essential to protect soldiers from roadside bombs, is being ditched by the Conservative government, defense and government sources say. The $2.1 billion, close-combat vehicle acquisition joins a long list of troubled and failed military procurements. ()

* The National Energy Board has given a conditional green light to the Northern Gateway pipeline project, handing off to Prime Minister Stephen Harper a crucial decision that threatens to intensify aboriginal opposition and become a political flashpoint in the next federal election.

In a report Thursday, an NEB review panel recommended that Ottawa approve the $6.5 billion pipeline and crude supertanker terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia once the government and Enbridge Inc have addressed the 209 environmental, safety and financial conditions set down by the panel.()

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