PRESS DIGEST- Canada - March 27

Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:54am EDT
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March 27 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama are urging European allies to support sanctions targeting Russia's energy sector, with both leaders saying North America could help Western Europe end its dependence on Russian natural gas. (

* After a day of tense negotiations under threat of a back-to-work order, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a settlement with union and non-union truckers to end the strike that has snarled shipping at the Port Metro Vancouver for almost a month. (

Reports in the business section:

* Just one week after Jim Flaherty stepped down as the Canadian finance minister, Bank of Montreal is shaking up the mortgage market, aggressively cutting its five-year rate to levels that caused him to intervene last year. BMO is now offering five-year fixed mortgages at 2.99 percent, slashing its rate from 3.49 percent. (   Continued...