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Morning Brew: December 13, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 12, 2007

Photo: "Java U on St Denis at Duluth," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler JaxPhotography.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, December 13th, 2007:

Brian Mulroney is set to appear today before the ethics committee on Parliament Hill. He will be questioned on the $300,000 he received in 1993 and 1994 from former lobbyist and business partner Karlheinz Schreiber. During Mulroney's four-hour appearance, the former prime minister is also likely to be questioned about his 1996 testimony under oath that he had minimal contact with Schreiber after leaving office in 1993.

Impact statements were presented today at the Palais de Justice in the ongoing trial of ex Norbourg CEO Vincent Lacroix. 51 security charges were laid against Lacroix by Quebec's financial market regulator, the Authorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in 2006. On Tuesday, he was convicted of fraud after depriving thousands of investors of their savings. A few of the 9,000 victims described the consequences of the theft.

Former Outremont mayor Stéphane Harbour, who resigned in disgrace on Oct. 11, will receive a severance pay of $97,552.16 from Montreal on Jan. 3. According to city officials, Harbour is entitled to the money through laws that are in place. He resigned in the fall amid allegations his council had spent thousands in food, liquor, and entertainment. Two Outremonts bureaucrats also resigned after it was revealed they "padded" their expense reports.

Update: Yesterday, I mentioned that 1,700 care packages might not make it to Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Today, the Gazette reports that the parcels will get shipped after all.

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