Aug 10 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from select Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
** Alternative lender Callidus Capital Corp on Wednesday denied media reports that said the company is the subject of whistleblower complaints with Canadian market regulators. tgam.ca/2vHEdVA
** Former ambassador to the United States Derek Burney is warning Canadians against undue optimism over looming North American free-trade agreement talks, cautioning the reopening of the trade deal at Donald Trump's request will usher in a period of uncertainty for businesses and that the American President could use his bully pulpit to stir trouble at the negotiating table. tgam.ca/2vHG8K9
** A Toronto pastor serving a life sentence in a North Korean labor camp has been freed on "sick bail," the country's state media reported on Wednesday, at a time when Pyongyang is at the center of high-pitched international tension over its nuclear-missile program that has dominated attention from Washington to Beijing. tgam.ca/2vGHCnW
** E-commerce giant Alibaba and its billionaire founder Jack Ma will host a 'Gateway Canada' business summit in Toronto on Sept. 25, aiming to encourage small-to-medium sized businesses in areas such as consumer products, seafood, agriculture and tourism to offer their wares to Alibaba's more than half a billion Chinese customers. bit.ly/2vHrEcY (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom)