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Morning Brew: December 7, 2007

Posted by Sisi / December 7, 2007

Photo: "Lionel Groulx," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler spectraversa.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, December 7, 2007:

Mulroney-Schreiber affair, cont'd: Karlheinz Schreiber said he was asked by a "close associate" of ex-prime minister Brian Mulroney to transfer money from the Airbus sale to Mulroney's lawyer in Switzerland. Appearing before the ethics committee yesterday in Ottawa, Schreiber also revealed that the $300,000 he paid Mulroney in 1993 and 1994 was left over from $4 million in commissions given to him by a steel company after the Conservative government approved the building of an armored vehicle plant in 1988. (Follow the link for more sordid details.)

The Canadian economy added 42,600 jobs in November, surpassing forecast gains of 8,000 to 10,000. The jobless rate also climbed to 5.9 percent from a 33-year low of 5.8 percent in October. According to Stats Canada, the employment rate in Canada now stands at 63.8 percent, higher than in the United States and most European countries. Quebec was among the provinces with the most employment growth.

Police and in Montreal, Laval, and the South Shore are stepping up security over the holiday season in anticipation of shopper tension and thievery. Incidents range from physical fights over parking spots to thieves smashing cars to get at recently bought gifts. Police recommend putting gifts in the trunk; generally, robbers "go to a car, look inside, and if there is nothing visible, they move on."

News from the sidelines: The Habs came out of a losing streak to outscore the Bruins 4-2 in Boston yesterday. They return to the ice on Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes come to town.



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