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Morning Brew: October 1st, 2007

Posted by MP / October 1, 2007

Photo: “Nestled,” by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler greynotgrey.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, October 1, 2007:

You'll be paying more at the pumps starting today, but China or OPEC aren't to blame. Quebec's carbon tax—the first of its kind in Canada—kicked in today, adding 0.8 cents to the price of a litre of gas.

Heads are rolling in Outremont over the “boozegate” affair. Yves Mailhot, the town's general manager, resigned Friday. He is said to have been the one who approved the purchase of $6,500-worth of booze for the politicians' lounge during the first half of the year.

The withering of the Ste-Catherine St. W. neighbourhood surrounding Montreal Forum—which the Habs moved out of in 1996—is now complete. Yesterday, Bombay Palace served its last buffet. The owner tells The Gazette that the neighbourhood panhandlers were just too much.

PQ leader Pauline Marois is suing The Gazette owners and reporter William Marsden for $1 million each, over insinuations of influence peddling in the building of her and her husband's $3-million estate. (The article in question has disappeared from The Gazette's site.)

Early this morning: man gets into empty cop car, drives off; jumps out of moving vehicle after a few metres, tries to run off but hits the ground and goes unconscious; cop car keeps moving, strikes bystander, a 20-something woman.

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