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Morning Brew: December 17, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 17, 2007

Photo: "Arbre - Tree," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Humanoide.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, December 17th, 2007:

David Radler, the man who helped the U.S. government convict Conrad Black of fraud and obstruction of justice, will be sentenced today for his role in the affair. Black's former business partner is "widely expected" to receive 29 months in prison and a US$ 250,000 fine after pleading guilty to a fraud charge in 2005. The 65-year old Canadian citizen testified against his Hollinger International colleagues in exchange for a more lenient sentence that he would be allowed to serve in Canada. Judge Amy St. Eve is expected to approve the deal even though Radler proved to be a "difficult" witness during the four-month trial. Last week, Black was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.

In Grinchy news: Canada Post is taking action after at least 13 children in the Ottawa area received demeaning letters from "Santa." The volunteer Santas are current or former Canada Post employees who send a standard printed letter and a personalized note to children who write the North Pole. The company received complaints last week ranging from inappropriate language to "more disturbing comments." Volunteers must now log their names and the names of the children they are writing to. Santa letters have been temporarily suspended as the system is being checked for more inappropriate material.

Convicted killer Karla Homolka has left Canada for the Caribbean, according to TVA. The station reported Friday that Homolka, who served 12 years in jail for the murders of two Ontario schoolgirls in the 1990s, has relocated to the Antilles with her husband and child. She was released three years ago and did not have any limits on her freedom. Many Montrealers took issue with her decision to move here, relocating several times in the city before being tracked down by the media to her job at a hardware store in Longueuil.

News from the sidelines: Habs captain Saku Koivu ended a personal scoring drought with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Next, the Canadiens play home to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

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