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Thursday Newsfix - May 24, 2007

Posted by Jer / May 24, 2007

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News junkies, listen up. Here's your headline hit for today:

The STM strike is still dominating Montreal's media. As we head into day 3, it appears the province is planning to step in if the dispute isn't resolved in 48 hours. Judging by the heated discussion sparked by Scott's STM post, the province may also need to step in and moderate the comments section at Midnight Poutine.

Minister of finance Monique Jérôme-Forget gets set for the minority government's first major challenge as she and the rest of the Liberals launch their budget today. Both the Gazette and La Presse report on the finance minister's new shoes (as is tradition). Slightly untraditional is Mme. Jérôme-Forget's tendency to refer to herself in the third person, saying "Monique is happy" in reference to her budget.

Jer doesn't know much about the world of finance, but luckily this graph makes it pretty clear that Alcan's stock has soared in light of the recent take over rumours. The graph equally describes the effect of Cialis.

And finally, some entertaining entertainment news. Brad Pitt is in town, making this city even hotter than it is already. Over 74 million voters had a hand in making Jordin Sparks the latest American Idol. Let me know if even 10 of those people buy a CD. And last but not lost, the third season of Lost ended with a kicker last night. With the show off air until Feb. 2008, I doubt there will be any news of relevance for the next 10 months.

While we're on the topic of TV, did anyone else happen to stumble on this Globe article about the CRTC's decision to stop regulating the amount of ads that appear in Canadian television? The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has declared it is no longer in the business of protecting the public interests of our broadcast system vis a vis advertising. Networks will now decide the amount of ad time based on how much "viewers can stomach". Maybe this is a good thing in disguise. As the number of commercials on TV increases exponentially from lack of regulation, TV will become as irrelevant as the commercial-stuffed radio is. To your TiVos and podcasts everyone.

photo from flickr user a merry monk

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