PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Jan 21

Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:42am EST
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Jan 21 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has made backing Israel a governing credo, used a historic speech to the Knesset to lay out the case for his staunch support - insisting it is not only a "moral imperative" but also strategically important to democracies around the world. ()

* The pace of new oil-sands development should be slowed so governments can focus on an infrastructure shortage in Fort McMurray, the region's ex-MP says. Brian Jean resigned this month as the Conservative member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, and says now the most pressing issues facing his community are largely out of federal hands. ()

Reports in the business section:

* BlackBerry Ltd shares rose more than 8 percent on Monday, after the smartphone company received a vote of confidence from the U.S. Department of Defense. The government agency says about 80,000 BlackBerrys will be deployed on its new mobile device management system by the end of this month. ()   Continued...