PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Aug 27

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Aug 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.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

** Barrick Gold Corp is eliminating its entire corporate development team and more cuts are in the works as the world's top gold miner looks to trim costs, three sources familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. (bit.ly/1zDcYml)

** Canada's public health agency is preparing to bring home a trio of scientists who were helping to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone after three people in their hotel complex tested positive for the viral hemorrhagic fever. A Health Canada spokesman confirmed late Tuesday night that the Public Health Agency of Canada is finalizing plans to pull its mobile laboratory team out of the West African country. (bit.ly/1tCil5r)

NATIONAL POST

** Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust has signed a deal to buy a portfolio of 15 properties including shopping centres, office buildings and an industrial park in Quebec and Ontario from Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc for C$1.53 billion ($1.40 billion). (bit.ly/1qgvNtt)

** Hewlett-Packard Co is recalling more than 6 million personal-computer power cords in the United States and Canada, citing reports of overheating and melting units. The cords, distributed with Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebooks and related products, were sold from September 2010 to June 2012, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement on Tuesday. (bit.ly/1p84Gg4)

** The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to reimburse former employee Leslie Hicks nearly C$17,000 ($15,606) in expenses after ruling last year the department had engaged in "reckless discrimination" against him. (bit.ly/1tCcRHF)

** Drivers in Ontario could soon face much stiffer penalties for texting behind the wheel, as the governing Liberals are set to reintroduce a bill that would boost the maximum fine to C$1,000 ($918). (bit.ly/1zD3RSL) (1 US dollar = 1.90 Canadian dollar) (Compiled by Rama Venkat Raman in Bangalore)

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