PRESS DIGEST – Canada – Dec 17

Dec 17 (BestGrowthStock) – The following are top stories from
selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these
stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL:

– Hundreds of deformed fish found in rivers running through
the Alberta oil sands have been collected and documented by an
industry-led monitoring body, The Globe and Mail has learned,
but the findings were not shared with the public or key
decision makers in government.

– Barring a total climb-down by Prime Minister Stephen
Harper on all of his major priorities, the Liberal Party will
oppose the Conservative government’s budget, Michael Ignatieff
says, greatly increasing the likelihood of an election call in
February or March.

BUSINESS:

– Research In Motion (RIM.TO: ) posted its sixth straight
quarter of record BlackBerry shipments and beat analyst
expectations during its fiscal third quarter, defying critics
even as competition in the smartphone market heats up.

– Moody’s Investors Service slashed Ireland’s credit rating
by five notches to Baa1 from Aa2 on Friday and warned further
downgrades could follow if Ireland was unable to stabilize its
debt situation.

NATIONAL POST:

– Canada’s rising west, now accounting for over a third of
Canada’s national economic output, is sparking, albeit slowly,
a political sea change away from the historical Ontario-Quebec
power base, experts say.

FINANCIAL POST:

– The National Energy Board approved plans to build the
1,196-kilometre Arctic pipeline Thursday, arguing the project,
if built, could help Canada’s North prosper.

– Nearly two years after the Ontario Securities Commission
reprimanded Research in Motion co-chief executives Jim
Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis over a stock option scandal, the
two men have been named co-chairmen of the technology giant’s
board of directors.

PRESS DIGEST – Canada – Dec 17