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Morning Brew: January 28, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 28, 2008

"Freaky bubble clouds over St Laurent," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler JaxPhotography.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, January 28th, 2008:

Remember the series of Journal de Montréal articles that made a fuss about unilingual anglophones being able to get jobs downtown? The stories implied that it was difficult for anyone to be served in French in Montreal. To investigate the claims, Gazette reporter Andy Riga went undercover as a unilingual francophone and visited 22 stores selected at random on the island. In total, two people didn't switch immediately to French and two others didn't answer at all. Riga concludes that resistance does exist, but it is a far cry from the Journal headline: "Difficile d'être servi en français à Montréal."

Canadians have little attachment to either major political party, according to a new Harris/Decima survey for the Canadian Press. According to its results, Canadians perceive the ruling Conservative party and the opposing Liberals as more and more interchangeable. Only a small percentage of Canadians showed a clear preference for either party: 12 percent said they would only be satisfied with a Conservative victory, and 13 percent said the same for a Liberal one. 35 percent would be satisfied with either.

There's hope yet for the city's public transit dispute as bus and metro drivers have agreed to return to the bargaining table and suspend pressure tactics until another round of talks is held. Although public transit drivers already have a strike mandate, they are willing to give negotiations another try before walking out on the job. A union spokesman said that drivers don't want to disrupt public transit, but they are "committed to getting a fair deal." The next negotiation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.

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