PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Oct 25


Oct 25 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted that "veryfew" people in Conservative circles knew that chief aide NigelWright was personally bailing out Senator Mike Duffy when thepolitician faced public pressure to reimburse taxpayers forquestionable expense claims. ()

* Senators pressed the Canadian government about why afederal spy agency has been probing telecommunications inBrazil, seeking clear answers about the activities ofCommunications Security Establishment Canada. ()

Reports in the business section:

* CGI Group Inc faced the full fury of the U.S.political process on Thursday, as executives from the Canadiantechnology giant appeared before an angry congressionalcommittee investigating the botched rollout of website. ()

* Companies operating in Canada's oil sands are facing newpressure to assess and disclose the long-term risks to the valueof their crude reserves amid a global effort to address climatechange. ()


* Training for front-line officers and better informationsharing between police and government agencies can help protectlaw enforcement officials from potentially aggressive "sovereigncitizens," says a newly declassified briefing to Canadian policechiefs. ()

* An American who shot a Chicago police officer, and thenfled to Toronto until he was caught 30 years later, was treatedunfairly by Canadian immigration officials, a judge has ruled.The Federal Court of Canada said there were several problemswith the way officials handled Douglas Gary Freeman'simmigration case and, as a result, he was "denied proceduralfairness." ()


* On a conference call to discuss third-quarter results, theChief Executive of Potash Corp of Saskatchewan Inc ripped into OAO Uralkali, the Russian producer, sayingits decision to collapse a cartel-like marketing company and maxout production was "probably the single dumbest thing" he hasever seen in the fertilizer business. ()

* Pershing Square Capital Management has announced a publicoffering of more than 5.9 million shares of Canadian PacificRailway Ltd that would have a value of more than$880-million at market prices. ()

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