PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Dec 10

Reuters

Dec 10 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

* First Nations are threatening to challenge Quebec's newMining Act in court after the government cut short debate toforce passage of the bill. Innu Chief Gilbert Dominique, aspokesperson for the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec andLabrador, warned on Monday that any new mining project onaboriginal land would be blocked if it failed to meet theapproval of native communities. ()

* Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said hisgovernment intended to lay claim to the North Pole, but isdelaying a full international bid for seabed rights in theresource-rich Arctic until scientists gather sufficient data toback up this territorial expansion. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Chip Wilson is stepping down as chairman of yoga apparelretailer Lululemon Athletica Inc, a decision made abouta month after he touched off a controversy by suggesting thatwomen's body shapes were to blame for the chain's problems withits black pants. ()

* Canada's top 1 percent of earners took home 10.6 percentof the country's income in 2011, a share that plateaued from ayear earlier but remains higher than in recent decades. ()

* Canadian Oil Sands Ltd has tapped insiders tofill the company's top two executive positions, with Ryan Kubiktaking over as its chief executive in the new year. ()

NATIONAL POST

* Ontario's governing Liberals plan to bring in legislationin the new year to cap the salaries of senior executives in thebroader public sector - a key New Democratic Party demand. Theminority Liberals agreed to the New Democrats' request lastspring in order to pass their budget and avoid an election. ()

* As Britain enacts laws forcing Internet companies to blockaccess to pornography unless customers opt in, a fledglingmovement is under way to bring similar laws to Canada. ()

FINANCIAL POST

* Major energy companies in Western Canada are bracing foranother cycle of rising costs, as planned oil sands expansionand natural gas export terminals revive fears of skill shortagesand competition for materials. ()

* Revenu-Quebec is seeking prison sentences and finestotaling $750 million for Kitco Metals Inc founder Bart Kitnerand directors with several other gold trading firms followingone of the biggest tax fraud investigations in provincialhistory. ()

* Canadian Business magazine is merging with PROFIT and thecombined publication will put out a reduced number of issues,Rogers Communications Inc said on Monday. TheToronto-based telecom giant's publishing division owns both ofthe titles and said in a statement that the new magazine, whichwould operate under the Canadian Business brand, would publishmonthly, starting Jan. 16. ()

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