PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Jan 30

Fri Jan 30, 2015 5:35am EST
 
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Jan 30 (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

** Canada's spy agency will be granted the authority to intervene and disrupt threats to national security in a massive expansion of its powers as the federal government tries to make it easier to thwart terror plots at home and abroad, sources say. (bit.ly/1ETcOLQ)

** Keystone XL backers in the Senate voted decisively Thursday to strip U.S. President Barack Obama of decision-making authority over the controversial Canadian oil sands pipeline, triggering a political confrontation between the Republican-controlled Congress and the Democratic president. (bit.ly/1zcErPD)

** School boards across Ontario are spending C$1 billion a year, 5 percent of their provincial operating budgets, on buildings with an excess of empty space, money that should be used for student programs, Ontario Education Minister Liz Sandals says. (bit.ly/1zFVsDx)   Continued...