PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Oct 4

Fri Oct 4, 2013 6:06am EDT
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Oct 4 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Employment Minister Jason Kenney is embracing the emerging field of social finance, launching training programs that will receive federal cash only if certain targets are met and private money is invested. Ottawa will tie federal funding for two literacy and skills training programs to final test scores and the ability to attract outside investors. ()

* Severely entrenched addicts who were recently granted Health Canada authorization to receive prescription heroin - a first in the country - will explore their legal options after the federal government announced it has banned the practice, effective immediately. ()

Reports in the business section:

* BlackBerry Ltd may soon have $500 million more cash to help fund a buyout, thanks to a tax refund it expects to receive in the next year. The money, which BlackBerry refers to in financial documents this week as "a significant income tax refund," would be a timely cash infusion that would enable a potential buyer to use less borrowed money. ()   Continued...