PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Jan 2

Thu Jan 2, 2014 4:54am EST
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Jan 2 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Julie Paskall, a 53-year-old mother of three, who was savagely beaten as she waited for her son outside a Surrey hockey arena has died. There have been two dozen homicides so far this year in Surrey, which has been battling a reputation for crime for years. ()

* Jim Coutts, an accomplished political tactician who was a key adviser to two former Liberal prime ministers, Jean Chrétien and Pierre Trudeau, has died after a long battle with cancer. ()

* Toronto Hydro Corp declared on its Twitter account late Wednesday night that all power outages from last week's devastating ice storm have been restored, but in reality the number of people without electricity is growing again. ()