PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Nov 23

Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:50am EST
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Nov 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.


* Retailers are feeling the pinch as Canadians surge to the United States armed with a strong dollar and higher duty-free limits, with the Black Friday shopping frenzy south of the border threatening to further squeeze sales in this country.

Sales among Canadian retailers were nearly flat in September, according to the latest measure released on Thursday, weaker than expected and evidence of the pressure among merchants to push aggressive U.S.-style promotions to stanch the loss of customers to the United States. ()

* A day before the deadline, a seventh would-be leader has entered the race for the Ontario Liberal leadership. Harinder Takhar resigned as government services minister on Thursday and announced his intention to join the race to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty.

The other leadership hopefuls so far are Kathleen Wynne, Glenn Murray, Charles Sousa, Eric Hoskins, Sandra Pupatello and Gerard Kennedy. ()