PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Oct 9

Wed Oct 9, 2013 6:07am EDT
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Oct 9 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Ottawa is offering to make it easier for small businesses to take part in its proposed Canada Job Grant by allowing "mom-and-pop" firms to pay less money than larger ones to access the program. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced this detail of the grant on Tuesday in Toronto's financial district, as he promised more "flexibility" to get reluctant provinces onside with the program. ()

* Ontario's Liberal government will spend a billion dollars to cancel two gas-fired power plants, a sum that puts the scandal among the costliest in the province's history and threatens to damage the party months before an expected election. ()

Reports in the business section:

* The federal government will be watching for any national security implications in the event that BlackBerry Ltd is sold, says Treasury Board President Tony Clement. Speaking on the sidelines of the Government Technology Exhibition and Conference, Clement said Ottawa's position for now is to let events play out. ()   Continued...