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Morning Brew: December 18, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 18, 2007

Photo: "Première Moisson Bakery," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Azzaelea.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, December 18th, 2007:

Three escapees from Bordeaux Prison in Montreal are still at large, according to provincial police. Four prisoners awaiting trial broke out of the Gouin Blvd. facility around 9 P.M. Sunday with the help of one or more accomplices. One person was injured and caught during the escape, but the three others managed to climb the wall with a ladder. All three (Stéphane Bissonnette, 25, Laurent Bousquet, 28, and Alain Sainte-Marie, 36) are considered dangerous. Police are looking for a black, early 1990s Chevrolet Impala that was allegedly used as the getaway car.

The Quebec government will move to ban advertising that sells cars as sporting goods and glorifies speed. Transport Minister Julie Boulet proposed an amendment to the highway safety bill that would allow the SAAQ to come up with its own guidelines to prevent the depiction of "heedless, careless or dangerous behaviour and gestures." The insurance board would act as the advertisement watchdog and report to the minister in two years on whether the goal has been achieved.

Marie Cing-Mars is the new mayor of Outremont after garnering 47 percent of the vote in a byelection on Sunday. The participation rate was 30 percent despite the snowstorm, considered high for a municipal byelection. Cing-Mars, who is part of Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay's Union Montréal, succeeds disgraced former mayor Stéphane Harbour. The other candidates, Jean-Claude Marsan from Projet Montréal and Christine Hernandez from Vision Montréal, received 37 percent and 15 percent of the vote respectively. Cinq-Mars will present a speech next Friday at the town hall.

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