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Morning Brew: October 18, 2007

Posted by Sisi / October 18, 2007

Photo: "Resting seat for those who wait," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Mike9Alive.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, October 18th, 2007:

The provincial government will make public today a report about the September 2006 Laval overpass collapse that killed five and injured six. The report about Highway 19 is the result of a six-month inquiry, which was asked to determine the cause of the collapse and make recommendations for the future.

"Oh what?" news: Liberal leader Stéphane Dion said yesterday in the Commons that the official opposition will not try to defeat the Conservative throne speech. His decision follows deliberations in which many party members advised him not to enter campaign mode too hastily. The confidence vote is expected to take place next Wednesday.

Controversial Muslim cleric Said Jaziri will remain in custody until his deportation next Monday. The Immigration and Refugee board claims that Tunisian-born Jaziri presented false information to get into Canada and lied about his criminal record in France. The imam has come under fire in the past for defending sharia laws on national radio and proposing that the government fund a $20 million mosque in Montreal.

Annals of absurd news: The Quebec national assembly has added girouette to the list of banned words, following Premier Jean Charest's repeated name-calling of ADQ leader Mario Dumont. Charest said that Dumont is like a girouette, constantly changing his opinions like a weather vane shifts with the wind. Other banned words include clown, pig, liar, yes-man and buffoon.

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