December 23, 2014 / 10:59 AM / in 3 years

PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Dec 23

Dec 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

** Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board were partnering Banco Santander SA on renewable energy and water infrastructure assets. The portfolio, valued by the deal at more than $2 billion and currently owned by the Spanish bank, would be transferred to a new company held equally by all three. (bit.ly/1B13UJB)

** Dalhousie University's dentistry faculty was closing its public clinic until Jan. 12 as part of its response to accusations that male students posted misogynistic messages online about their female peers. The university in Halifax said it was contacting patients affected by the decision. (bit.ly/1zsuMoV)

** Manitoba Transportation Minister Steve Ashton resigned and said he would launch a campaign to be the province's next premier. Ashton was the embattled New Democratic Party government's sixth minister to resign. (bit.ly/16M6Ron)

NATIONAL POST

** Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, whose steam-assisted oilsands operations near Cold Lake are currently the subject of a regulatory investigation, has stopped pumping steam into a well at its Wolf Lake facility when oil products started leaking into an aquifer. Neither the company nor the Alberta Energy Regulator could say Monday how much benzene, a combustible compound found in gasoline, had leaked into the underground aquifer (bit.ly/1t5PysB)

** Preston Manning, the former leader of the Reform Party, said he made a mistake encouraging members of Alberta's Wildrose to unite with the governing Progressive Conservatives without first consulting the grassroots of the party. (bit.ly/1zQnCs9)

** Canadian oil producers were proving less resilient than their U.S. counterparts to plunging prices. Rigs searching for oil in Canada fell by 25 to 190 last week, the lowest on a seasonal basis since 2009, Baker Hughes Inc said on its website Friday. The U.S. total dropped by 10 to 1,536, the highest for that time of the year in at least a decade. (bit.ly/1wgMJPW) (Compiled by Shivam Srivastava in Bengaluru)

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