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Morning Brew: January 14, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 14, 2008

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Photo: "Habitat," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler steveyb.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, January 14th, 2008:

There is a burgeoning MD-recruitment industry where communities across Canada are offering incentives to lure doctors into staying. Incentives range from houses to cars and enough money to pay off large student debts. Some politicians say "financial come-ons are a small price to pay for an essential service," while others argue that they will create a new kind of inequality between places that can and cannot afford these inducements. The trend results from the country's worsening shortage of medical personnel, with an estimated 5 million Canadians without a family doctor.

Prosecutors in Ohio could decide today whether to seek the death sentence for a Quebec-born man accused of killing his wife and four children outside Cincinnati. Michel Veillette is in hospital after being charged with four counts of aggravated murder, one count of murder and one count of arson. The 34-year old man was discovered outside his burning home in Mason, Ohio last Friday. His wife was found stabbed, but there were no stabs wounds on the children, aged 3 to 8. One died from carbon monoxide poisoning, while cause of death reports are pending for the other three children.

Visible minorities are losing ground in the public service despite the federal government's multimillion-dollar plan to hire and promote them. A staffing watchdog raised the alarm when she found that the recruitment rate of visible minorities fell from 9.8 to 8.7 percent last year despite an increase in overall hiring. Statistics Canada's census last year revealed that Canada's foreign-born population grew four times as fast as the Canadian-born population during the first half of this decade. By 2017, 1 in 5 Canadians will be visible minorities.

News from the sidelines: The Habs were "outclassed" by the New York Rangers on Saturday night and handed over a 4-1 loss to their hosts. They'll be practicing today for a game against the Islanders in Long Island tomorrow.

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