PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Dec 14

Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:14am GMT

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Dec 14 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


* The Harper government is slapping a for-sale sign on a coal shipping terminal Ridley Terminals Inc in northwestern British Columbia -- the first major public asset that Ottawa has decided to unload after a lengthy review of what Crown properties should go on the block. ()

Reports in the business section:

* Encana Corp reached a C$2.2 billion ($2.24 billion) joint venture with PetroChina Co Ltd to develop its Duvernay property in Alberta, in a deal that will fly just below the radar of Investment Canada's new guidelines on state-owned enterprises. ()

* Securities regulators are eyeing a crackdown on the mutual fund industry's fees -- including a possible outright ban on some charges, as they look to shield investors from soaring, and often opaque, costs. ()

* Private television broadcasters are warning that local stations cannot continue to exist on advertising revenue alone, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the stations should not be paid for their signals when they are rebroadcast by cable and satellite companies. ()


* Activists, lawyers, journalists and bloggers have been fleeing Iran in record numbers since the Islamic regime began a brutal crackdown on civil society three years ago, Human Rights Watch reported Thursday. ()


* Loblaw Cos Ltd has launched a line of gluten-free baked goods through its in house President's Choice brand of goods, as a growing number of consumers try the way of eating popularized by the 2011 book Wheat Belly. ()


After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.