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Morning Brew: December 3, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 3, 2007

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Photo: "Slow morning," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler greynotgrey.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, December 3rd, 2007:

Snowstorms across Canada have jump-started winter this year, following a prediction from Environment Canada that this will be one of the coldest winters in 15 years. Montrealers woke up to a "rush-hour nightmare" this morning: one of the heaviest dumps of snow yet. The storm is predicted to leave as much as 35 cm of snow by tomorrow morning.

One out of seven Canadians is living with a disability, according to a new Stats Canada survey. An estimated 4.4 million Canadians reported a disability in 2006, a 20.5 percent increase over five years. For adults, the most significant increase was in learning disabilities. StatsCan attributes the higher numbers to both the aging of the population, and decreased stigma associated with reporting disabilities.

Quebecers are more likely than Ontarians or British Columbians to pack up and leave within five years, according to a poll conducted by Léger Marketing for the Association for Canadian studies. 4.1 percent of Quebecers say they'll be living in another country or province by 2012. Anglophones and allophones are more likely to leave than francophones. 1,500 people across the country participated in the survey between Nov. 14 and Nov. 19.

A Montreal landlord has reignited the fight to have non-smoking premises, hoping to overturn a decision by the rental board this summer denying her that right. Olesia Koretski, who maintains property in Ville-Émard, claims that her tenant Sandra Fowler signed a lease that said "Absolutely no pets and no smokers" in July 2006. However, Fowler contends that she didn't see the no-smoking clause. Koretski, who is asthmatic and was pregnant at the time, lives below Fowler with her partner Matthew Newland and their 5-month old son.

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