November 15, 2013 / 10:16 AM / 4 years ago

PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Nov 15

Nov 15 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Unable to persuade Toronto’s troubled mayor to leave office, councillors are taking unprecedented steps to peel away the office from Rob Ford by cutting his budget, staff and power - with some even refusing to call him by his title - all in an effort to control the damage they believe he is inflicting on the city. ()

* H.J. Heinz Co is closing its plant in Leamington, Ontario, a move that will cost 740 jobs and end more than a century of ketchup making in the Southern Ontario town. ()

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* Canadian Heritage Minister Shelley Glover is taking the first step toward forcing television service providers to let subscribers pay for only those channels they want. ()

* On Thursday, IKEA Canada announced the purchase of a 20-turbine wind farm near Pincher Creek, Alberta, that should produce 161-gigawatt hours of electricity each year - more than double the company’s current electricity consumption in Canada. ()


* Justice Minister Peter MacKay is accusing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau of promoting recreational drug use “directly to children” after Trudeau discussed his party’s plans to legalize marijuana while speaking to a Brandon, Manitoba public school. ()

* Arguments that the Senate can only be abolished with unanimous consent of the provinces, and that provincial input is needed to reform the red chamber, are “wishful thinking,” a federal government lawyer told the Supreme Court of Canada Thursday. ()


* Pfizer Inc, the world’s biggest drugmaker, will wean off of BlackBerry Ltd’s phones, citing concerns that the mobile technology company might not be around in the future or may have service interrupted. ()

* Ottawa said Thursday it plans to crack down on companies hoarding access to the resources needed to deploy rural broadband. Industry Minister James Moore said the government will take a use-it-or-lose-it approach to ensure “Canadians living in rural areas benefit from greater access to high-speed internet services.” ()

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