PRESS DIGEST – Canada – Oct 20

Oct 20 (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:

– Chief executive officers of hospitals and universities
will be required to post their expenses online in the latest
initiative by Ontario’s government to put the public sector on
a shorter leash and rein in spending abuses.

The government plans to unveil legislation on Wednesday
that would ban hospitals, post-secondary institutions, school
boards and other publicly-funded entities from spending
taxpayers’ money on lobbyists.

– Federal officials will meet Friday with relatives of
victims of the 1985 Air India bombing, raising hopes that
compensation promised by Prime Minister Stephen Harper four
months ago will be forthcoming.

The meeting, to be held in the Toronto area, where many of
the 329 passengers killed aboard Flight 182 lived, is expected
to include “one or more federal ministers,” said Norman Boxall,
a lawyer who represented families at an inquiry into the
bombing.

BUSINESS SECTION:

– The government of Saskatchewan is set to reject the
proposed $38.6 billion takeover of Potash Corp (POT.TO: ) of
Saskatchewan Ltd by Australia’s BHP Billiton Ltd (BHP.AX: ), and
urge Ottawa to block the foreign takeover of one of Canada’s
last major mining companies.

Saskatchewan is refusing to back BHP after the world’s
largest miner declined to pledge a host of economic benefits
wanted by the province, including a one-time special tax of
more than $1 billion, plus hundreds of millions of dollars more
in infrastructure funding, according to people familiar with
the situation.

NATIONAL POST:

– If the Liberal party does not have a clear lead among
women voters, it does not win federal elections.

Since the latest opinion polls suggest women almost as
unmoved by the Liberals as they are by the Conservatives, it
was not surprising to see Michael Ignatieff appearing before
the Status of Women’s committee on Parliament Hill, trying to
show off his sensitive side.

FINANCIAL POST:

– The war of words between Jim Balsillie and Steve Jobs
reached new heights on Tuesday when the Research In Motion
(RIM.TO: ) co-chief executive blasted his rival for creating a
“distortion field” and telling customers what to think.

Just 24 hours after the Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ) chief executive
delivered a scathing criticism of RIM’s corporate strategy on a
conference call with investors, Balsillie fired back in the
latest battle between the two smartphone powerhouses, chiding
Jobs for his comments about the BlackBerry maker and other
competitors.

PRESS DIGEST – Canada – Oct 20