PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 26

Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:00am EDT
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Sept 26 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Google Inc is giving Kitchener-Waterloo a morale boost as the region's largest technology company, BlackBerry Ltd , struggles to survive. The search giant will invest an undisclosed amount of money in Communitech, a regional economic development initiative that works closely with 650 technology startups to help them build their ideas into viable companies by providing them with space, funding and support. ()

* Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to engage the United Nations on his own terms, refusing to sign a landmark UN treaty regulating the arms trade while pushing his maternal health agenda. Canada is holding off signing the treaty, citing concern over how it affects firearm owners - even though the United States has now joined the global accord over the objections of that country's powerful gun lobby. ()

* The race to replace Adrian Dix as British Columbia's New Democratic Party leader is starting in Ottawa. Dix's impending departure has set off a leadership contest that four members of the federal NDP caucus are thinking about entering. Those considering bids are Peter Julian, Jinny Sims, Nathan Cullen and Fin Donnelly. ()