PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Sept 12

Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:02am EDT
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Sept 12 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** World oil prices sank to their lowest intraday level in more than two years on Thursday after the West's energy security watchdog cut its forecast for demand growth, threatening the earnings momentum that had returned to the Canadian oil patch. The International Energy Agency said in its September oil market report that economic weakness in Europe and China prompted it to temper its outlook for global oil demand in 2014 and 2015. (

** It could be as long as a week before Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a diagnosis for the tumor in his abdomen and a course of treatment is determined, news that continues to leave his political future in question. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon and director of the Zane Cohen Centre for Digestive Diseases at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, said Ford had a mass in his lower abdomen and would continue to undergo tests Friday. (

** The roughly 70 special forces soldiers Canada is deploying to Iraq have yet to start their mission, but these elite troops would be able to teach Kurdish fighters everything from marking targets for air strikes to operating high-tech communications gear. Stephen Harper has committed Canadian soldiers to Iraq for a 30-day assignment, although it is widely believed Ottawa will ultimately extend what the government insists is not a combat mission. (