PRESS DIGEST- Canada - May 23

Fri May 23, 2014 5:37am EDT

May 23 (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 United States has implemented limits on emissions from the oil and gas sector that are "significant" and "comparable" to those the Canadian government is considering, says a newly released Environment Canada memo, one that contradicts Prime Minister Stephen Harper's assertion that Canada is waiting for the U.S. regulations before it acts. (r.reuters.com/pes59v)

* The Conservative Party of Canada has postponed a bitter nomination battle in a Toronto-area riding, saying it needs time to sort out complaints of fraud and robocalls in the riding. (r.reuters.com/qes59v)

Reports in the business section:

* Russia is weighing whether it should end its $3.4 billion deal with Bombardier Inc to buy Q400 turboprop planes to be built in a new assembly plant in Russia, the country's industry minister said. (r.reuters.com/tes59v)

NATIONAL POST

* Europe's seal ban is arbitrary, unfair and "inconsistent," the World Trade Organization ruled Thursday, but the continent will still be allowed to keep out Canadian seal products in order to "protect public morals." The ruling by the WTO Appellate Body was cheered by animal activists, but roundly condemned in Canada's seal hunting regions. (r.reuters.com/xes59v)

* A man accused of killing five young people in Calgary's worst mass murder has been found fit to stand trial. Matthew de Grood is charged with first-degree murder after four men and a woman were stabbed to death at a house party that was being held last month to mark the end of the university school year. (r.reuters.com/zes59v)

FINANCIAL POST

* The Keystone XL pipeline debacle with the United States has drawn plenty of second guessing of late that it's all Canada's fault - government's pushing too hard on behalf of the oil industry for approval in the United States and doing too little to ingratiate themselves to President Barack Obama by getting tough on greenhouse emissions from the sector. The man on the front lines of campaign, Canadian ambassador to the United States Gary Doer, couldn't disagree more. (r.reuters.com/gus59v)

* Toyota Motor Corp is recalling 430,500 vehicles for three separate safety problems, including 82,381 Sienna minivans in Canada that face potential problems caused by salt used by road crews to melt snow or ice in some areas. (r.reuters.com/pus59v) (Compiled by Arnab Sen in Bangalore)

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