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Morning Brew: November 22, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 22, 2007

Photo: "From the balcony of Suites Faubourg," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler JaxPhotography.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, November 22nd, 2007:

The Canada-U.S. income gap is narrowing, reported Statistics Canada today. Canadian per capita income grew by 15.5 percent between 2000 and 2006, nearly two-thirds faster than the United States' 9.1 percent. The growth is largely attributed to a boom in resources. (And the fact that we rule.)

A new action plan was announced by First Nations leaders yesterday in view of alleviating aboriginals' health crisis. Aboriginals can expect to live up to 6 years less than other Canadians on average, according to a 2006 survey done for the Quebec region of the Assembly of First Nations. The 10-year plan will focus on reducing disproportionate cases of diabetes, obesity, tuberculosis, addiction, sexually transmitted disease, mental illness and poverty among Quebec's aboriginals.

A joint venture between the city of Montreal and not-for-profit organization "Île sans fil" could bring 400 new Wi-Fi points to parks and public spaces across the city. According to a document obtained by La Presse, the 5-year program would give Île sans fil an annual budget of $200,000 to add to the 150 Wi-Fi access points it already manages in various cafés and commercial spots.

News from the sidelines: The Montreal Canadiens "breezed" over the New York Islanders 4-1 in yesterday's match. They next face the Sabres in back-to-back games: Friday in Buffalo and Saturday on home turf at the Bell Centre.

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