PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Jan 17

Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:03am EST
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Jan 17 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canada's energy and mining companies are facing new challenges from First Nations that are demanding the right to approve all resource projects on traditional territories and to participate in the revenues. ()

* French President François Hollande has personally asked Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to extend Canada's contribution of a heavy-lift cargo plane for Mali, and to offer more transport help, testing Harper's efforts to set strict limits on Canada's military assistance. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Air Transat will cut $20 million in annual operating cost as part of its parent company's efforts to restore profitability in the face of toughening competition.   Continued...