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Morning Brew: December 10, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 10, 2007

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Photo: "Winter," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler kimberley blue.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, December 10th, 2007:

Port Coquitlam pig farmer Robert Pickton was found guilty on six charges of second-degree (i.e. unpremeditated) murder by a B.C. Supreme court jury yesterday. The twelve members of the jury rendered their decision after nine full days of deliberations. Pickton, 58, was first arrested in 2002 and charged with first-degree murder. He still faces murder charges in the deaths of 20 other women, but it is debatable whether a second trial will happen. Pickton pleaded not guilty to all 26 charges.

The season of corrupt men and "former business partners": Conrad Black, once one of the world's most powerful press barons, will be sentenced today to up to 24 years in an American federal prison for stealing millions from Hollinger International Inc. On July 13, Lord Black of Crossharbour was convicted of four criminal charges: three for fraud, and one for obstruction of justice. Legal experts predict that Black will be ordered to serve five to ten years. The baron's former business partner David Radler is expected to get a 29-month term during his own sentencing next week.

A homeless man died hours before advocates announced a news conference for yesterday calling on the provincial government to do more for the homeless. On Saturday evening, the body of a 21-year old homeless man was found in a snowbank in Montreal's east end. The man, who had a mental illness, was blocks away from the crisis centre on Marseille St. where he was staying. His death is believed to be accidental, according to a police constable. A spokesperson for Health Minister Philippe Couillard said that the government will introduce a new policy at the beginning of 2008 to address the health and social concerns of homeless people. A shelter in Montreal receives $5 per bed, per day, as compared with $57 in Toronto.

News from the sidelines: The Habs lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1 on Saturday, marking the Hurricanes' ninth win in a row at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens next play host to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

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