PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Dec 1

Mon Dec 1, 2014 7:48am EST
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Dec 1 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


** Canadian banks' record run of profits is finally showing signs of cooling as the number of high growth businesses dwindles, prompting the country's largest lenders to prepare for a much more challenging year ahead. The Big Six banks report their fourth-quarter earnings this week, starting with Bank of Montreal on Tuesday. (

** Scientists monitoring Canada's process for identifying and protecting endangered wildlife say the system is floundering because the federal government is taking too long to list species that are deemed at risk while not doing enough to improve the status of those that are already listed. (

** BCE Inc's Bell has struck a deal to expand and broadcast the third season of "Open Gym", a behind-the-scenes show documenting the Raptors produced by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, which owns the team and is 37.5 percent owned by BCE. The deal expands the show's season to 28 episodes (from eight in past years), airs them twice weekly on TSN4, and even adds an "After Show" rehashing each installment. (   Continued...