September 17, 2013 / 10:10 AM / in 4 years

PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Sept 17

Sept 17 (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 Quebec Liberal Party has confirmed anti-corruption investigators raided party headquarters this summer while the province’s attention was riveted on a succession of resignations and arrests of big-city mayors. ()

* As many as two Coast Guard icebreakers may be dispatched to the site of a deadly helicopter crash in the remote western Arctic to hunt for answers hundreds of meters below the surface of the Northwest Passage. The Canadian government is still reviewing options before green-lighting a trip but advance planning is already under way that could send the Amundsen and Henry Larsen to the spot, about 670 kilometers west of Resolute, Nunavut, where three died on Sept. 9 in a tragedy that has shaken Arctic researchers. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Wind Mobile plans to participate in the auction of Canadian wireless spectrum, making it the first new-entrant carrier to confirm its intentions to bid. Chief Executive Anthony Lacavera gave that confirmation on Monday, ending speculation about whether the startup carrier would compete in the auction of the 700-megahertz frequency. Carriers face a Tuesday deadline to file their applications and put down a 5 percent deposit to secure a place in the auction. ()

* Betting that consumers are willing to pay for instant gratification, Canada Post is teaming up with Wal-Mart Canada Corp, Best Buy Canada Ltd, and Indigo Books & Music Inc in the first major Canadian rollout of same-day online shopping. ()

* With the maiden flight of the C Series, Bombardier Inc has officially ascended into commercial airspace ferociously guarded by industry giants Airbus SAS and Boeing Co . About 2,700 employees and 300 Bombardier guests cheered loudly as the plane took off from a Mirabel runway for a 2-1/2-hour flight over the Lower Laurentians. ()


* Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, spoke out against Quebec’s controversial proposed Charter of Values on Monday, saying he doesn’t expect the current proposal to pass the province’s legislature, but said the federal government will “take whatever action is necessary” if it does. ()


* The Aeroplan credit card business is one of the crown jewels of Canadian banking, and Toronto-Dominion Bank could have had the whole thing to itself, but chief executive Ed Clark said that at the end of the day it was smarter to split the prize with rival Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. “In a sense, we get the best of both worlds,” Clark said in a telephone interview on Monday. ()

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