PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Oct 3


Oct 3 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Vehicle production in Canada is poised to slump by as muchas 25 percent by 2020, as global automakers invest heavily inrival auto centers such as Mexico, the United States and othergrowing markets. ()

* Women's groups are reporting a spike in verbal andphysical assaults against veiled Muslim women in Quebec sincethe introduction of the province's Charter of Values, evidencethat the Parti Quebecois's bid to curb religious symbols in someworkplaces is inflaming social tensions. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Interest among possible buyers of troubled smartphonemaker BlackBerry Ltd is heating up, despite revelationsby the company that its business is in even worse shape than itdisclosed last week. ()

* A majority of affluent Canadians say they are better offnow than they were in pre-recession days, according to theresults of a new survey. Fifty-four percent of high net worthindividuals in a poll conducted for BMO Harris Private Bankingsaid they felt more financially secure than they did before the2008 downturn. ()


* Manitoba's aboriginal affairs minister rejected an initialdraft apology for comments he made referring to ignorant whitepeople, documents show. The documents, released under theprovince's freedom-of-information law, shed new light on thegovernment's response to a controversy that erupted after EricRobinson criticized a burlesque show fundraiser at the OsborneHouse women's shelter in Winnipeg. ()


* The Caisse de depot says it has boosted its leading stakein SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, a couple days after theengineering company announced plans to sell a portion of itsAltaLink electricity transmission company. The Quebec pensionfund manager says it holds nearly 15.5 million shares, or 10.2percent stake, of SNC after adding 445,000 shares at an averageprice of C$44.44 ($42.98) per share. ()

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