PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Dec 31

Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:44am EST
 
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Dec 31 (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

** Bombardier Inc has won a significant order for its aging regional jet aircraft, a welcome win ahead of what will be heightened competition from key rivals over the next decade. The Montreal-based plane and train maker said Tuesday that it signed a firm order for 24 CRJ900 NextGen planes to an undisclosed customer. Based on list prices, the order is worth about $1.14 billion. (bit.ly/1xvvYHQ)

** As radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power-plant disaster drifted across the Pacific, fears that salmon and other marine life could be contaminated spread along the British Columbia coast. But samples gathered by citizen scientists and a more comprehensive study done by Fisheries and Oceans Canada indicate the levels of radiation are so low they pose almost zero risk to human or ecosystem health. (bit.ly/1xxnWLw)

** Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says he's "optimistic" about the force under a new board, and is making plans for his own future after policing - saying he'd like to continue serving the public and is not ruling out the possibility of a career in politics. (bit.ly/1AaaCOi)

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