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Morning Brew: November 23, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 23, 2007

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Photo: "Winter.drain," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler impactmatt.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, November 23rd, 2007:

In foofy news: Watch your step in the east end of Montreal--you could fall into an open sewer. There are 40 cases of manhole covers and sewer grates disappearing in the Rivière des Prairies/Pointe aux Trembles and Villeray/St. Michel/Park Extension boroughs, said a police spokesperson yesterday. Manhole covers reach anywhere from $150-$200 each in scrap yards, which is where thieves presumably dump them.

Ottawa is about to cut extra cost-of-living funding to Canadian soldiers working in some of the country's most expensive cities. More than 28,000 soldiers living in major urban centers like Toronto and Ottawa currently qualify for the bonus. According to 2004 figures, the cuts represents a loss of $1,200 a month in Toronto, $572 in Vancouver, and $464 in Victoria. Opposition critics have questioned the cuts.

A Montreal researcher is exploring the link between football and ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Angela Genge, who runs an ALS clinic in Montreal, was alerted to the possibility of a correlation by former CFL all-star Tony Proudfoot. Proudfoot was diagnosed with ALS last May. Since then, he discovered that 8 CFL players out of 15,000 were also affected by the disease. Normally, ALS is estimated to affect 2 people in every 100,000.

Montreal's first snowstorm hit yesterday, coating the city in 15 cm of precipitations and creating slush puddles everywhere. Public transit experienced delays in service as difficult road conditions slowed buses down, and garages saw an influx of business from customers without winter tires. (But cheer up, guys; as Montrealers, we love to gripe about the weather. We have something to complain about again.)

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