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Morning Brew: October 31, 2007

Posted by Sisi / October 31, 2007


Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, October 31, 2007:

Extra candy money: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced $60 billion in tax cuts and a further GST drop in yesterday's economic update. The five-year tax plan will apply to both personal and corporate incomes. A vote on the motion will be held this afternoon, once again putting the country on election watch. However, an opponent seems unlikely because the Liberals have already said that they won't defeat Stephen Harper's minority government over the motion. The Bloc Québécois and the NDP will not support the motion.

Internet powerhouse Google is expected to announce in the next two weeks plans to bring Google-powered mobile phones to the market by 2008. The company is already in advanced talks with Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., two top US cellphone providers.

Less than two weeks after a B.C. man was arrested in Thailand for allegedly having sex with minors, Thai authorities are seeking yet another Canadian in relation to similar crimes. Orville Frank Mader, 54, of Kitchener, Ont., is accused of sexually abusing an eight-year-old boy. An arrest warrant has been issued and there is now an alert for his whereabouts.

News from the sidelines: The Habs' four-game winning streak came to an end in yesterday's game against the Atlanta a shootout. The score was 3-2. Nos glorieux will practice today for tomorrow's game with the "ultra-physical" Philadelphia Flyers.

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