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Morning Brew: November 5, 2007

Posted by Sisi / November 5, 2007

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Photo: "Club Soda," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler midnightpoutine.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, November 5th, 2007:

A Montreal-based filmmaker will face a closed trial in November in Iran on charges of intending to spread propaganda. Mehrnoushe Solouki, a doctoral student at UQAM, finds the charges "very bizarre" because her film has never been completed, let alone shown. Solouki was making a film about repression during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s when her materials were seized. She was held for a month in Tehran's Evin prison, where Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photographer, was beaten to death in 2004.

A controversial McGill article published last week compared PQ leader Pauline Marois' identity bill to "apartheid." The article, which came out in the Oct. 30 issue of The McGill Tribune, qualified Quebec French as a "distant, bastardized cousin of its European ancestor." The author, 22-year old Political Science student Ben Lemieux, attempted to contextualize his remarks yesterday, claiming a propensity for dark humor that naturally results in exaggeration.

A "modest majority" of Canadians favor raising taxes to address climate change, according to a new poll released today. The poll calculated responses from more than 22,000 people in 21 countries, including 1,000 Canadians.

News from the sidelines: Sadly, the Canadiens lost 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. As Gazette writer Dave Stubbs puts it, "Canadiens fans don't like their team losing. But they like their team losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs perhaps least of all." Next up is game 14 against the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

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