PRESS DIGEST- Canada- Oct 9


Oct 9 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories fromselected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified thesestories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* Ottawa is offering to make it easier for small businessesto take part in its proposed Canada Job Grant by allowing"mom-and-pop" firms to pay less money than larger ones to accessthe program. Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney announcedthis detail of the grant on Tuesday in Toronto's financialdistrict, as he promised more "flexibility" to get reluctantprovinces onside with the program. ()

* Ontario's Liberal government will spend a billion dollarsto cancel two gas-fired power plants, a sum that puts thescandal among the costliest in the province's history andthreatens to damage the party months before an expectedelection. ()

Reports in the business section:

* The federal government will be watching for any nationalsecurity implications in the event that BlackBerry Ltd is sold, says Treasury Board President Tony Clement. Speaking onthe sidelines of the Government Technology Exhibition andConference, Clement said Ottawa's position for now is to letevents play out. ()


* The Progressive Conservatives made the jump from third tosecond in Tuesday's Nova Scotia election, four years afterlosing power. When the legislature returns Jamie Baillie will bethe leader of the Official Opposition, an achievement for aparty that is still seen to be in a rebuilding phase under hisfledgling leadership. ()

* A high-profile Toronto lawyer has filed an application forjudicial review, contesting the appointment of Marc Nadon, aformer Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal judge fromQuebec who was sworn in as the newest member of the SupremeCourt earlier this week. ()


* In a final bid to convince Canada's National Energy Boardof the merits of its Line 9 pipeline reversal project, EnbridgeInc played up the economic benefits while insistingcriticism of the plan by certain parties has been nothing shortof "irresponsible". ()

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