PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Dec 13
Dec 13 (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
* The Harper government on Wednesday officially announced it was backing off a sole source plan to buy 65 F-35 Lightning jets as a replacement for Canada's aging CF-18 Hornets - but the federal government is still resisting calls to hold an open competition to pick Canada's next jet purchase. ()
Reports in the business section:
* HD Mining International, building a large coal mine in northern British Columbia using Chinese workers, will take four years before it hires even a single Canadian miner, and another decade beyond that before the work force is fully local, court documents show. ()
* Former key executives of Sino-Forest Corp that allegedly engaged in fraud or the violation of securities laws, could face as much C$84 million ($85.27 million) in potential penalties, the Ontario Securities Commission has told the company. () Continued...