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Aug 8 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Locals in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, expressed anger as they learned that the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MM&A), the rail company at the center of their ordeal, filed for creditor protection. The request came one month and one day after the devastating disaster caused by a runaway MM&A oil train. ()

* Real Women of Canada, a right wing women's group, is attacking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for defending the civil rights of gays abroad, suggesting the Conservative Party member of parliament is out of step with "conservative values" and the grassroots within his own party. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Ken Lewenza, president of the Canadian Auto Workers union, and Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, will step down when the planned merger of the two unions takes effect in September. ()   Continued...