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Morning Brew: January 8, 2008

Posted by Sisi / January 8, 2008

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"Le place d'armes hotel," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler 416style.

**** I had problems with the Internet AGAIN. Please excuse the lateness of this post.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, January 8th, 2008:

Support staff at Concordia University staged a half-day strike yesterday to protest their sixth year without a wage increase. The school's 450 secretaries and clerical workers took issue with Concordia's $1 million-plus parting gift to outgoing president Claude Lajeunesse. Lajeunesse left the school in October after serving two years of a five year mandate. Insiders say Concordia agreed to pay him $1.36 million to leave. Support staff union president André Legault says that he believes negotiations are coming to an end after more than a year of conciliation.

Canadians so "massively favour" the U.S. Democratic Party that they'd vote for any of its leading candidates in order to trump a Republican opponent, according to a new Harris-Decima poll. The survey conducted for the Canadian press says that 49 percent of Canadians would vote for a Democrat, as compared to 12 percent in favor of a Republican. If Canadians could vote, the Democrats would defeat the Republicans by a four-to-one margin.

The first phase of a new junk food policy came into effect in Quebec high schools yesterday. Deep fryers and soft drinks are now banned from cafeterias, and lunches must contain at least one vegetable under the new regulations. The Quebec government has set aside $16 million for programs to encourage exercise and healthy food habits. Canada remains the only industrialized country without "national student nutrition guidelines," despite a growing childhood obesity epidemic.

But then, what doesnt?: Fatherhood increases a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a large new study. Researchers analyzed data from all men born in Denmark between 1935 and 1988. Surprisingly, men with larger families were less likely to get prostate cancer than men with fewer offspring. Researchers don't yet know which factors associated with childlessness may be responsible for the findings. A recent study found that men with sons might be at a lower risk than men with daughters only, but the Danish study found that the sex of the children didn't matter. Last year, 22,300 Canadians were diagnosed with prostate cancer, which remains the most common cancer among Canadian men.

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