PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Oct 21

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Oct 21 (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

* Native leaders are warning that the violent clash betweenRoyal Canadian Mounted Police and the Elsipogtog First Nation -which last week saw police vehicles torched, rubber bulletsfired and rocks thrown - is just the tip of the iceberg.

The protest against shale-gas exploration near the villageof Rexton, New Brunswick, took place as some aboriginal groupsacross the country are expressing frustration over beingexcluded from consultations, especially when it comes toresource development. ()

* The Conservative government is seeking to give victims ofcrime a more active role in the legal process. A bill will beput forward this fall that extends victim involvement "from thetime of the offence to the final disposition of the sentence,"Justice Minister Peter MacKay told The Globe and Mail. ()

* The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued an alertover another beef product because of possible E. colicontamination. The federal food safety watchdog is warning thepublic not to consume uncooked lean ground beef from BelmontMeats of Toronto, distributed at Loblaw stores. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Corporate Canada is expected to raise spending in 2014 totake advantage of a global economic recovery. CIBC World MarketsInc Deputy Chief Economist Benjamin Tal said Canadiancompanies are well-positioned to increase capital expenditures,particularly if the U.S. economy gets rolling. ()

* Canadian National Railway Co and Canadian PacificRailway Ltd both experienced weak grain shipments in thethird quarter, although shipments are expected to rise in thefourth quarter due to a bumper crop in Canada. ()

NATIONAL POST

* A free trade deal linking Canada and Europe, even in theabsence of a final text, is a historic win for the federalConservative party and for Prime Minister Stephen Harperpersonally. It could not have come at a better time, from a Torypolitical perspective. ()

* A probe by the auditor general into spending in the Senatehas prompted senators and the chamber's administration to startcreating paper trails for decisions that previously weren'tdocumented. ()

FINANCIAL POST

* Even amid a slowdown in hiring across Canada, smallbusinesses continue to face difficulties recruiting and keepingthe best employees. ()

* Northwest Territories village Inuvik's untapped resources,and non-existent infrastructure to develop or deliver them isbecoming a metaphor for Canada itself. The latest, mostegregious example of this problem revolves around the lack ofstrategy, politics and recurring media flashpoints concerningpipelines and, to a lesser extent, power generationinfrastructure. ()

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