PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 27

Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:00am EDT
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Sept 27 (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 number of doctors in Canada and the amount they get paid by government health plans hit record highs in each of the past several years - and 2012 was no different. Canada had more than 75,000 doctors working last year, an increase of 4 percent over 2011, and governments paid them C$22 billion ($21.29 billion) for their services, about 9 percent more than the previous year, according to new data released on Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health

* Canada's foreign service has reached a deal on a new contract with the federal government, ending a lengthy dispute and rotating strikes that have slowed visa processing and other consular services abroad. A summary shows the government agreed to boost base pay for senior ranks of the foreign service, bringing it more in line with what the union had argued were comparable positions elsewhere in government. ()

* A long-time Conservative member of Parliament has quit the Tory caucus after being charged under the Canada Elections Act - a fresh ethics embarrassment for Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he struggles to move beyond the Senate expenses scandal. Dean Del Mastro resigned from the Conservative government caucus on Thursday and was stripped of his duties as a parliamentary secretary. ()