PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Nov 12

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Nov 12 (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

* Fairfax Financial Holdings Chairman Prem Watsa,who recruited BlackBerry Ltd's new interim chiefexecutive, says he did not ask former CEO Thorsten Heins toleave. ()

* Manitoba is being criticized for making it easier to takepolar bears from the icy shores of Hudson Bay and place them incaptivity. The province - home to the polar bear capital ofChurchill - has quietly lifted restrictions that had been inplace for 30 years and which allowed only bears under the age oftwo to be put in zoos. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Betting that businesses are more interested in rentingthan buying software and online storage space, two of Canada'sbiggest cloud computing companies, Mitel Networks Corp and Aastra Technologies Ltd, are joining forces tocreate a home-grown competitor to companies such as Oracle and Google. ()

* Canadian home renovation retailer Rona Inc isacquiring 49 percent of Groupe Coupal Inc for an undisclosedprice from the Doucet family, which has run the 99-year-oldbusiness since 1971. Quebec-based Rona has held a majority stakein Coupal for nearly eight years. ()

NATIONAL POST

* Dating portal Ashley Madison has delivered a harsh legalcounterattack to a former employee who is suing the company for$20 million for injuries sustained while typing up fake profilesof women for the adultery site, releasing pictures of the womanplaying on a jet ski after her alleged injury. ()

* In the six months after the Canadian Senate beganinvestigating the expense claims of some of its members, abouttwo-thirds of senators claimed less than they had in the samesix-month period before the Senate spending issue came to light.()

FINANCIAL POST

* The last lifeline for Gabriel Resources Ltd's controversial mining project in northwestern Romania went deadon Monday, after a parliamentary commission voted down a draftbill that would have allowed Europe's largest open pit gold mineto move forward. ()

* Australia said it would allow Saputo Inc to bidfor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Holdings Ltd, removinga key obstacle for the deal aimed at consolidating the country'sdairy industry as global demand surges. ()

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