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Morning Brew: November 13, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 13, 2007

Photo: "Metro," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler house9road47.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, November 13th, 2007:

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is demanding a full inquiry into the Airbus affair, saying it is the only way to clear his name once and for all. His demand comes less than a week after former associate Karlheinz Schreiber filed a new affidavit as part of a damning lawsuit about their business relationship. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that he will appoint a third-party investigator to probe the allegations.

Health care spending will hit $160 billion in 2007, estimates the Canadian Institute for Health Information. The report shows that health care spending is likely to increase by 6.6% from $150.3 billion in 2006. “Health care spending continues to grow faster than our economy,” said Graham W. S. Scott, chairman of CIHI's board of directors. At $2,853 per person, Quebec is projected to have one of the lowest provincial government health care spending per capita.

The reward for information to find missing Cédrika Provencher has been raised to $100,000. The 10-year old girl has been missing since July 31st. She was last seen in her Trois-Rivières neighborhood helping a man look for a dog. The original reward of $80,000 expired at midnight Monday, but the $100,000 offer will remain in effect until Feb. 29.

A 12-year boy died yesterday after being punched in the chest by an 11-year old girl during recess. Grade 6 student Yannick Charpentier, who had a heart condition called arrhythmia, died after falling on the grass, unconscious. He could not be revived at the hospital. The girl was referred to youth protection officials and was with her parents last night, said police Sgt. Phillipe Geoffrion. Both students attended École Horizon-Soleil in St. Eustache.

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