PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Oct 30


Oct 30 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Canada has promised the European Union it will be able totake advantage of any further loosening of foreign investmentrestrictions on the country's telecom sector. ()

* A heated debate is raging among some of the biggest namesin the food world over a boycott of Canadian seafood, a moveaimed at ending the annual seal hunt. ()

Reports in the business section:

* United States Steel Corp will permanently ceasesteel production at its Hamilton mill at the end of the year,ending an era that goes back more than a century. The permanentend of steel making in what was the cradle of the Canadian steelindustry is the latest step in what has been a troubled historyfor U.S. Steel. ()

* The race is on for one of Canada's hottest retail sitesafter Sears Canada Inc abandoned its flagship store atthe Toronto Eaton Center. U.S. department store Nordstrom Inc is in talks with the mall's owner, Cadillac FairviewCorp, to move into the space - and could be close toa deal, industry sources said. ()


* A report tabled Tuesday by the federal Conservativegovernment in the House of Commons, explaining the finalnegotiated outcomes of the Canada-EU free-trade agreement, hasshed more light on what is being billed as the largest and mostwide-ranging free trade deal for Canada since the North AmericanFree Trade Agreement. ()

* The unsteady sand of who is considered a terrorist inCanada has once again shifted in favor of a Tamil woman livingin Toronto, whose politician husband was assassinated in SriLanka while attending Christmas Eve mass in 2005. Weeks afterJoseph Pararajasingham, a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, wasshot dead, Canada granted residency to his widow. In 2011,however, the Immigration and Refugee Board concluded that thewoman was a member of a terrorist group and should be deportedbecause of her ties to her husband, who had ties to the TamilTigers. ()


* Stephen Poloz, Canada's new head of monetary policy, isalready being credited with putting a kinder, gentler face onthe Bank of Canada, and cutting through decades-old jargon thatis central-bank speak. ()

* Any chill in foreign investment resulting from tougherIndustry Canada reviews hasn't caught up with the British, whoare warming up to the Western Canadian energy economy like neverbefore. Energy giants such as Centrica, BG Group,BP, Royal Dutch Shell, are all growing theirWestern Canadian operations, encouraged by the Britishgovernment, the recently announced Canada-EU free trade deal andperception that the Canadian government welcomes their business.

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