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April 26 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
** Halfway through the British Columbia election campaign, leaders of the three major parties are heading into a TV studio on Wednesday for the second debate, that could be a turning point ahead of voting on May 9. tgam.ca/2pyPRzs
** Great-West Lifeco Inc is making sweeping changes to its Canadian business, cutting staff as it moves to reduce costs in an increasingly competitive industry. tgam.ca/2pyzVNI
** Barrick Gold Corp shares slid 11 percent on Tuesday as investors reacted to the gold miner's first-quarter results, which missed production and earnings estimates and revealed higher operating costs. tgam.ca/2pyPWmX
** The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is taking a stake in Nord Anglia Education Inc, a company that runs international private schools, with an eye to consolidating the fragmented global market for schools that serve the children of expatriates. bit.ly/2pyDOCp
** Grocer Metro Inc surprised the market again on Tuesday, eking out a higher-than-expected second-quarter profit despite a period of corrosive food price deflation and intense rivalry between Canada's supermarket chains. bit.ly/2pyCf7o (Compiled by Vishal Sridhar)