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Morning Brew: November 20, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 20, 2007

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Photo: "Parking Space," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler mike9alive.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, November 20th, 2007:

A new deal with Quebec GPs should ease medical shortages, according to provincial Health Minister Philipe Couillard. "The long-term objective is for all Quebecers who are looking for a family doctor to have one," Couillard said yesterday afternoon. General practitioners are set to receive a 20 percent raise by 2016, bringing them close to parity with their colleagues in other parts of Canada. Some estimates say that Quebec GPs make 45 percent less than GPs outside the province.

Green in the gills: Last spring, Quebec rejected energy efficiency targets set out by the Agence de l'efficacité énergétique. When Jean Charest was elected in May 2006, he asked the agency to present stringent goals for reduced energy use. However, in May 2007, the agency proposed only a 5 percent reduction in petroleum consumption, half of Quebec's original objectives. According to a document obtained by Radio-Canada, Natural Resources Minister Claude Béchard rejected the agency's original targets as being too "conservative."

Insert your own jokes here: Male IQ takes a hit in the presence of blonds, according to researchers in France. The study, sponsored by the Université Paris X Nanterre, looked at men's ability to do general knowledge tests after being exposed to pictures of women with different hair colors. "This proves that people confronted with stereotypes generally behave in line with them," said Thierry Meyer, joint author and professor of social psychology at the university.

News from the sidelines: Despite a "magical" pre-game ceremony to retire Hall of Famer Larry Robinson's No. 19, the Habs fell 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators. Next is up is a game against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

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