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April 7 (Reuters) - The following are top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
- 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 politically unrepresented.
- 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.