PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Jan 4

Fri Jan 4, 2013 5:22am EST
 
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Jan 4 (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

* Canada's native leaders have petitioned the Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Governor-General David Lloyd Johnston to gather three weeks from now to discuss perceived failings in the treaty relationships; but an Ontario chief on a hunger strike to force such a meeting says she can't wait that long.

Theresa Spence, the chief of the impoverished community of Attawapiskat, who has been fasting for 24 days to demand the face-to-face discussion, has told her supporters and other native leaders that a meeting must occur within the next 72 hours, and she will not start eating until it has begun. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Facebook Inc, has chosen Canada to be the testing ground for an enhanced mobile app that allows users to make free calls from their smartphones.

The world's largest social media site's Canadian pilot project centres on two key upgrades to its messenger app, bolstering the company's foray into the mobile market at a time when more and more consumers are flocking to data-hungry smartphones. ()   Continued...