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Morning Brew: January 23, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 23, 2008

Photo: "Dirty," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler luxiferre.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008:

Canada should extend its mission to Afghanistan if NATO sends more troops, according to a government-appointed panel led by former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley. The five-member panel recommended staying beyond the February 2009, but did not specify how long the mission should last. Two conditions must be met for Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan: (1) the assignment of 1,000 NATO troops and/or other allies to Kandahar by February 2009; and (2) that the government provide higher-performance aerial vehicles by that date.

Canada is expected to back out of a UN anti-racism conference planned for next year. Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier can announce as early as today that Canada will drop out of the Durban II conference, a follow up to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa. According to insiders, the Canadian government is concerned that Durban II will degenerate into the "anti-West and anti-Israel free-for-all" that the first conference turned into. The move will generate criticism that Ottawa is not serious about combating racism in the world.

The Montral Transit Corp. is calling for cell phone service to be available throughout the metro system. The transit agency says they want passengers to be able to access calls and text messaging in the tunnels and all 68 stations of the network. The MTC issued an open call for cell phone companies to submit proposals in December. The deadline is March 28. One condition is that cell phone access not interfere with the MTC's internal communications.

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