PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 23

Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:22am EDT
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Sept 23 (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 has bolstered diplomatic security and issued warnings to visitors in Kenya after the bloody hostage-taking in Nairobi. "At current, we're obviously still on high alert for our diplomatic staff and we're going to take every reasonable measure we can to secure their safety," Canada's foreign minister, John Baird, said on Sunday in Toronto at an unrelated appearance. ()

* With suburban growth around rail lines a "reality," it's up to provinces, municipalities and railways to make sure busy crossings are safe, Canada's federal transport minister, Lisa Raitt, says. Looming federal regulations for level or at-grade crossings are meant to help local governments and railway companies strike deals on building improved rail crossings where they see fit, but Raitt says regulations won't give Ottawa a bigger role. ()

* The Progressive Conservatives have prepared a proposal for Ontario's Liberal government that would see at least eight new laws passed this fall - a bid to seize control of the province's policy agenda in the buildup to an election expected next year. The Tories will offer to help fast-track several of Premier Kathleen Wynne's bills, plus at least three of their own, party sources told the Globe and Mail on Sunday. ()