April 7 The following are top stories from
selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these
stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL:
- A survey of Canada's urban aboriginal population
conducted by the Environics Institute has found that more than
40 percent of aboriginals living in a city cannot identify with
any political organization, aboriginal or mainstream, and feel
- A patient's overall experience in an Ontario hospital
would directly influence the salary and bonus of its chief
executive officer under proposed pay-for-performance rules, a
concept the government would consider expanding to the top
executive of every Crown corporation and agency in the
province, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said on Tuesday.
- Canada's biggest auto parts and household goods retailer
Canadian Tire Corp's (CTC.TO) (CTCa.TO) Stephen Wetmore said
that he is betting more on tires, wrenches, hockey sticks and
vacuum cleaners. He said he is stepping up banking activities
only when they promise to bolster retailing, and ditched
mortgages because they took too much energy and capital from
the company's core business.
- Canada's comparatively safe fiscal state and surging
commodity prices are sparking demand for the loonie that sets
the stage for continued strength. This parity pressures
retailers to cut prices to match the level in the United
States, causes headaches for export-heavy manufacturing
industry but paves way for the country's National Hockey League
teams to compete against the U.S.-based teams.
- Nova Scotia's Finance Minister Graham Steele introduced
the provincial budget on Tuesday, forecasting a deficit of
$222.1 million in fiscal 2010-2011, and increased the
harmonized sales tax to 15 percent.
- Ontario's decision in 2000 to offer free flu shots to its
entire population -- the only jurisdiction to offer this
program -- has prevented 111 deaths and 7,745 emergency room
visits, translating into savings of about $7.8 million annually
for the province's healthcare system, researchers at the
University of Toronto have calculated.
- About 9 percent of Canada's convenient stores shut shop
in 2009, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association trade
group said on Tuesday, and added that the industry needs to
reinvent itself, cut its dependence on volatile gasoline sales
and let cigarettes go. It said it will step up its push on
lawmakers across the country to allow corner stores to sell
beer and wine, a right they already enjoy in Quebec and pockets
of Atlantic Canada.
- Canada's No. 2 phone company Telus Corp (T.TO) said on
Tuesday it will invest $650 million in British Columbia in 2010
to develop its wireless and wireline broadband services.