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Dec 7 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Two of the rivals for Premier Dalton McGuinty's job have come out in favor of selling beer and wine in corner stores, marking the first major policy difference among the Liberal leadership contenders. ()

* Quebec's universities say they have been blindsided by a directive from the provincial government demanding they slash C$124 million ($125.33 million) in spending by April.

The government says universities should have known of the cuts from the previous Liberal government; the universities say they never got the memo. ()

* Single cheques from political donors for sums above the C$30,000 ($30,300) limit are allowable so long as they are later split up and "attributed" to several entities, Alison Redford, Alberta premier said. ()   Continued...