PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Nov 14


Nov 14 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canada boasts world-class destinations such as the Rockiesand Niagara Falls, but it's missing out on a global tourismboom, costing the economy billions of dollars a year. The numberof international visitors to Canada has plunged 20 percent since2000 even as global travel soars, according to a sobering reportbeing released Thursday by Deloitte Canada. ()

* Former staffers in the office of Toronto Mayor Rob Fordhave alleged a series of abusive behavior by their boss, withone staffer telling police detectives the mayor drove whileintoxicated, and another describing a lurid night in 2012 whenthere were allegations of cocaine use and a "professionalescort." ()

Reports in the business section:

* Mounting competition from giant U.S. chains is forcingsupermarkets to lower their prices, a trend that hit grocersLoblaw Companies Ltd and Metro Inc in theirlatest financial quarter. Basic commodities such as corn andsugar have also fallen this year, meaning there is virtually noinflation pressure in food to help the bottom line. ()

* Governments in Ontario and Quebec have thrown politicalhurdles in front of Alberta's efforts to expand markets for itscrude, launching public hearings into controversial pipelineproposals the industry regards as necessary to enable itsfast-growing oil production. ()


* With the dust barely settled on a day of tense face-offs,interrogations and intervention-like pleas to a defiant Torontomayor, Rob Ford learned on Wednesday that he is facing a newattempt to curtail his power, as city councillors try to striphim of his ability to deal with city emergencies. ()

* Canada and Sri Lanka traded shots on Wednesday in thebuild-up to the Commonwealth meeting in Colombo, which CanadianPrime Minister Stephen Harper is boycotting over Sri Lanka'shuman rights record. ()


* It's a relatively small upscale mall in Toronto's northend but the $500 million price being paid for Bayview Village issending a strong message about the property market in Canada.Real estate prices in the right markets are still strong. ()

* Quebec is asking companies involved in public contractbid-rigging years ago to repay the sums they overcharged or riska civil suit. ()

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