PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Oct 2

Wed Oct 2, 2013 6:26am EDT
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Oct 2 (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's recreational firearms lobby is telling the Harper government to avoid signing a landmark United Nations arms trade treaty, arguing it could lead to an insidious return of the federal long-gun registry. ()

* The provinces are gearing up to battle Ottawa this fall over the federal government's signature skills-training program, with British Columbia's Christy Clark and Ontario's Kathleen Wynne hunkering down to plan strategy for the coming fight. ()

Reports in the business section:

* BlackBerry Ltd is looking at options to quickly unlock value from its substantial real estate portfolio in its hometown of Waterloo, Ontario as the company works to finalize a $4.7 billion takeover plan. The smartphone maker owns more than 20 buildings in the Waterloo area, a collection built up during its rapid expansion over the past 10 years. ()   Continued...