PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Dec 21

Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:38am EST
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Dec 21 (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 cost of getting a Canadian passport is going up significantly in the new year. Without the fee increases, Passport Canada would not be able to maintain current operations, let alone offer security-enhanced travel documents, the agency says.

New regulations posted this week confirm the cost of a five-year passport will increase to C$120 ($120) from C$87. ()

* Tony Bernardo, a member of the Canadian advisory committee, says the elimination of the long-gun registry was a common sense move aimed at keeping legitimate gun owners from being targeted as criminals.

But gun control advocates say the registry's demise is part of a broader set of policy changes that will make it easier for firearms to fall into the wrong hands. ()