PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Oct 17

Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:05am EDT
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Oct 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien is defending Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's controversial decision to oppose Canada's air combat mission in Iraq, saying the fighter planes the Harper government is deploying are a "very marginal" response to the crisis caused by Islamic State militants. (

** Two employees at the Toronto hospital where Rob Ford is undergoing cancer treatment inappropriately accessed the mayor's confidential medical records, a breach that led the hospital to mete out unspecified "action" against the staff members. (

** Thirty minutes into the 45th debate of Toronto's race for mayor, front-runner John Tory squared off against rival Doug Ford, who until the most recent opinion poll had been nipping at his heels since he stepped into the race as a last-minute substitute for his brother Rob Ford. (

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