PRESS DIGEST- Canada-Oct 24


Oct 24 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* John Sculley, the former Apple Inc chiefexecutive who famously clashed with Steve Jobs, is exploring abid for beleaguered BlackBerry Ltd with Canadianpartners, sources have told The Globe and Mail. ()

* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on theoffensive in the Senate expense-claims scandal, trying todiminish the impact of Senator Mike Duffy's allegations that thePrime Minister's Office threatened him with expulsion from theRed Chamber if he didn't repay questionable claims. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Telus Corp is buying urban-focused wireless upstartPublic Mobile for an undisclosed price, eliminating anindependent player that had struggled to attract a critical massof customers. ()

* Montreal-based CGI Group Inc is hitting backagainst critics that have blamed it for the glitch-riddenrelease of the website at the heart of U.S. healthcare reform,arguing the Canadian company is not the "quarterback" that bearsthe overall responsibility for the failures. ()


* The chief of the Irish Coast Guard is expressingfrustration with Canadian authorities for their Februarydecision to send a derelict, rat-infested "biohazard" bobbingtoward the Emerald Isle. ()

* The Progressive Conservatives are trying to forceOntario's governing Liberal Party to pay back $950 million forcanceling two gas plants prior to the 2011 election. ()


* Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz changed thedirection of Canadian central banking on Wednesday, back to whatit once was - an international bellwether of cautious commonsense focused on inflation. ()

* The Canadian federal government has not been friendly todeals in the telecom sector lately, but Ottawa has actuallyapproved an agreement for Telus Corp to acquire startupmobile carrier Public Mobile. ()

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