PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Dec 31
Dec 31 (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 GLOBE AND MAIL
* Support for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government is dropping sharply, according to a new poll showing a majority of Canadians believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. ()
* The world's central banks are stashing away Canadian dollars at a faster rate than any other major currency, a vote of confidence at a time when the loonie, the Canadian one dollar coin, has lost some of its shine in foreign exchange markets. ()
* Canada's first gold coins had barely been minted before Ottawa yanked them out of circulation a hundred years ago in an effort to stop gold from leaving the country during the First World War. After a century of sitting in cloth bags inside the Bank of Canada vault, they are among a wide range of assets the Conservative government is liquidating - in this case literally - to save taxpayers a few dollars and help balance the books. ()