PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Dec 6

Fri Dec 6, 2013 5:26am EST
 
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Dec 6 (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 GLOBE AND MAIL

* The Parliamentary Budget Office says a large part of Ottawa's planned surplus is based on keeping Employment Insurance premiums at higher rates than necessary. ()

* Suggestions by police that Mayor Rob Ford tried to buy a video that shows him smoking crack cocaine are "potential hearsay" and an "outright lie," Ford and his lawyer said on Thursday - even as Toronto Police launched a media blitz to defend its handling of the investigation. ()

* Ontario and the federal government have begun to resolve their differences over the Ring of Fire, after a tête-à-tête between Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pair met on Parliament Hill on Thursday afternoon to discuss issues including ambitious plans to develop Northern Ontario resources. ()   Continued...