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Morning Brew: February 13, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 13, 2008

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Photo: "Shelf," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Coreyu.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, February 13th, 2008:

Sleeping dogs won't lie: Ville Marie plans to tighten dog laws by April or May. The new regulations will bar pit bulls from the downtown area, require muzzles on badly-behaved dogs in public spaces, and - weirdly - limit owners to 2 dogs at a time outdoors. Which means that if you own more than 2 dogs, you'll have to walk them in shifts. (Although owning more than 2 "mature" dogs is illegal too.) Also, police will be allowed for the first time to shoot animals on sight that they consider dangerous. The dog problem has been under study by the borough council since last September. The measures are intended to protect citizens from dogs owned by irresponsible owners, especially during the summer.

Because of competition from big health clubs, the Montreal Women's Y is closing its pool on March 31st. The YWCA pool on René-Lévesque has been open for nearly 60 years, but the annual operating cost of $500,000 is becoming too much too handle. The decision only underlines the trouble that the Y has been having to compete with big-chain fitness centres like Curves and Énergie Cardio. Last year, the YWCA shut down its gym because of financial problems and membership decrease. The loyal group of Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women who swim regularly there will have to find somewhere else to go. The Y's hostel and community services will continue to operate.

And now for the kicker story: A Boston woman who won a giant lobster in a Super Bowl raffle is donating the lucky crustacean to the Montreal Biodôme. Marlene Casciano won Goliath the lobster at a bar in Massachusetts on Feb. 3rd, when we was given out as a prize with t-shirts and other stuff. After winning him, Casciano wanted to return the animal to the beach, but she was told that was a bad idea. She drove Goliath in a salt bucket to the New England Aquarium, but they didn't want him. (Burn.) Aquarium staff contacted the Biodôme, which had been looking for a large lobster for a while. Goliath weighs 9 kilograms, measures nearly a meter, and is estimated to be at least 15 years old. He'll be transferred here later this winter, but won't keep his name since the Biodôme doesn't name its animals.

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Jeff / February 13, 2008 at 10:28 am
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I'm not going to lie.I would want to give the lobster to a Chef, and cook me & my friends the best damn biggest portion of lobster; we've had. Big enough for Goliath.

anne / February 13, 2008 at 01:14 pm
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that lobster story is awesome! what a neat lady to do that! i would probably eat the lobster too... but i still think it's cool that she has the eco-sensibility to save an elderly crustacean without shame!
Sisi / February 13, 2008 at 02:16 pm
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J, I'm not sure I want to put the tough meat of a geriatric crustacean in my mouth. I think the lady was pretty cool to drive it to the aquarium in a salt bucket! When Goliath gets here, I'm gonna go see him at the Biodôme.
Christopher / February 14, 2008 at 11:54 am
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Although I'm a guy, I think it's a horrible loss when when a place of history, even if it's only a pool, is lost due to financial considerations.
It would be nice if some of the larger dudes nearby would cast some money to the Women's YMCA so that their specialized groups could remain where they feel safe.
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