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Morning Brew: September 27th, 2007

Posted by MP / September 27, 2007

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Photo: “st-viateur” by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler luxiferre.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, September 27th, 2007:

In Outremont, mayor Stephane Harbour and his cronies have spent up to $2,006 on bottles of Glenfiddich scotch so far this year, La Presse reports. Le Devoir, meanwhile, cites a total of $7,500 spent on booze this year for various functions—with taxpayers picking up the tab. According to their sources, while most mayoral functions feature wine as the social lubricant of choice, the scotch is consumed by the borough politicians at the city council building's “piano bar,” which recently had a makeover at a cost of $4,900. At a recently council meeting, however, the mayor is said to have nixed further liquor runs.

If it feels like the buses are sparser and more crowded during rush hour this week, you may be on to something. The bus drivers' union is blaming the Montreal Transit Commission for lending 35 buses to provide transportation for the President's Cup golf tournament, which wraps up Sunday.

This fall, you'll have one fewer excuse for not eating enough greens: a bumper veggie crop in Quebec, combined with the soaring loonie are likely to lower produce prices to levels not seen since the 80s.

The Gazette is still scrambling to cover its ass after being threatened with a lawsuit by Claude Blanchet—the husband of Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois—because of a story it published on Saturday about the power couple's $3-million estate on Ile Bizard.

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CE / September 27, 2007 at 11:28 am
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This probably explains why my friend from the West Island who usually drives, didn't have a bus come to his stop when he decided to take the bus to school yesterday morning.
BobR / September 29, 2007 at 04:27 pm
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This Outremont thing is unbelievable -- why are they buying such lousy scotch?? It's an embarrassment.
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