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Morning Brew: December 5, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 5, 2007

Photo: "Teki Latex @ Foufounes Electriques [Crowd] (Montréal, QC, Canada)," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler indeepdark.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, December 5th, 2007:

Opposition leaders in Quebec urged premier Jean Charest to testify before the House of Commons ethics committee about a 1993 political donation from businessman Karlheinz Schreiber. Schreiber mentioned the donation for the first time yesterday during his appearance in Ottawa. He claimed to have given $30,000 to Charest's brother Robert to help fund the premier's bid for the Progressive Conservative leadership. At the time, Charest was a Tory MP. Charest admitted his brother accepted a $10,000 donation from Schreiber 15 years ago, but he insisted that there was nothing illegal about the transaction.

Bilingualism is rising, but a growing number of Canadians speak neither English nor French, according to a new StatsCan report. The 2006 census figures show that the number of people who speak both official languages now stands at 17.4 percent. Between 2001 and 2006, 1.1 million immigrants entered Canada, 80 percent of whom were allophone. In related news, francophones are now a minority on the island of Montreal. Their numbers stood at 49.8 percent in 2006, compared to 53.2 percent in 2001. Although language groups have seized the news as proof of the French language's decline, demographers say the change was inevitable and that French is actually on the upswing.

My life is over: Foods such as french fries, crisps, and cookies may increase a woman's risk of cancer. Carbohydrate-rich treats that are "baked, grilled, roasted or toasted over 120° C" contain higher levels of a chemical called acrylamide. High acrylamide intake is related to higher risks of ovarian or endometrial cancer, but not correlation has been found between the chemical and breast cancer. However, women should not overreact to the news and instead improve the quality of their starchy foods rather than cut out carbs altogether, according to a Calgary dietitian.



time / December 5, 2007 at 08:25 pm
is it still a MORNING brew/ roundup if it occurs in the afternoon?
indeepdark / December 6, 2007 at 01:34 am
You made me change my mind : <a href="";>most of my pictures</a> are now availlable under Creative Commons...

Great job here !

PS : you have an error in the preview for comment...
Sisi / December 7, 2007 at 09:18 am
Hi there,

1. I try to make morning brews timely, i.e. get them up by 10 AM latest, but I'm still a student. Lately my coverage has been pretty spotty cause I'm going through end-of-semester rush period. I'm sorry I suck so much.

2. Thanks indeepdark! They're great pics, so I appreciate it. Looking forward to using some of your other material soon!
time / December 7, 2007 at 09:47 am
sisi: im just ragging you.

I love MNP, and the morning brews, whenever they come. I drink my coffee in the afternoon anyway.
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