PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Oct 1

Tue Oct 1, 2013 5:54am EDT
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Oct 1 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* An increasingly competitive market and a wave of consolidation are forcing major grocers to look for more ways to cut costs, moves that are causing tension with employees who are feeling the squeeze. In the latest flare-up, unionized workers at Loblaw Co Ltd have set a strike deadline in Alberta and Saskatchewan. ()

* Canadian members of Parliament are spending less on travel but office budgets nonetheless continue to increase - due largely to the ballooning costs of staff salaries, taxpayer-funded advertising and constituency mail campaigns. Financial documents released on Monday reveal MPs' yearly spending in further detail than ever before. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Brookfield Property Partners LP is making a bid to absorb Brookfield Office Properties Inc in a deal that's not likely to face competition and would form one of the world's biggest commercial real estate companies. A merged Brookfield Property entity would boast $45 billion worth of office, retail and apartment properties if it succeeds in buying the 49 percent of Brookfield Office it does not own. ()   Continued...