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Morning Brew: December 14, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 14, 2007

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Photo: "Air Transat," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler fermata.daily.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, December 14th, 2007:

At his appearance before the ethics committee in Ottawa yesterday, Brian Mulroney claimed he received $225,000 rather than $300,000 from Karlheinz Schreiber and paid taxes on the money six years after he accepted the first envelope of cash. The hearing marked the first time the former prime minister publicly acknowledged receipt of the money. In addition, Mulroney said he was under no legal obligation to disclose details of his business relationship with Schreiber during a 1996 defamation suit against Ottawa. Opposition MPs were critical and took issue with the cash dealings. Here are some "quotable quotes" from the proceedings.

Yesterday marked the 22nd and final open-mic night for the Taylor-Bouchard Commission in Montreal. One of the lowest attended of the tour, only 102 of the 240 people registered for the forum at the Palais des Congrès showed up. The event was one of three forums added by popular demand after two other meetings were closed to the public due to full capacity. The commission began its 17-city tour three months ago in Gatineau. About 3,500 people across the province attended the open-mic nights.

Quebec's minimum wage will be increased by 50 cents next year, the biggest raise since 1975. Provincial labour minister David Whissell announced yesterday that Quebec's approximately 250,000 minimum-wage workers will receive $8.50 an hour as of May 1, 2008. Women and people under 24 make up the majority of these workers. Currently, someone who works at minimum wage at 40 hours a week earns $16,640. The poverty line for a single Canadian in 2006 was $21,202.

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