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Morning Brew: February 18, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 18, 2008

Photo: "Longue exposition - Long exposure," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Humanoide.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, February 18th, 2008:

Thousands of Albanian-Canadians forged through cold and freezing rain in Toronto to celebrate Kosovo's declaration of independence. They waited to see if Ottawa would recognize the change of status, but the Conservative government was still mulling over the question yesterday. Kosovo's parliament announced its independence from Serbia earlier that day in a historic decision backed by the United States and a number of European countries. But Serbia immediately denounced the declaration, calling it "unilateral and illegal." Russia has also rejected the decision and has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council. Some think Ottawa hesitates to recognize Kosovo's independence because it shares similarities with the separatist movement in - you guessed it - Quebec.

If you guys haven't heard already, the owners of McKibbin's Irish Pub are under fire from the OLF (Office de la langue française) for having some English signs in the bar. The French-language watchdog has already backed off over some vintage Guinness and St. James brewery signs, which owners say add to the warmth and charm of the place. However, 3 posters were still ruled to be ads and will be ordered taken down. Owners Dean Laderoute and Rick Fon have snubbed the request, arguing that both their pubs downtown and in Pointe-Claire already comply with language laws. They've invited Premier Jean Charest to come by for a drink to inspect the signs for himself. An OLF spokesman said Friday that there were 2 complaints about McKibbin's. Many patrons think the language debate is ridiculous and there is even a Facebook group up.

A Quebec teen who killed a schoolmate with a punch received 6 months of house arrest on Friday. Youth court judge Martin Gagnon also sentenced the 14-year old to 2 years of probation and 120 hours of community service. He was charged with manslaughter in the death of Jean-Benoît Beaulieu, 14, who went to Arc-en-ciel high school with him in Trois-Pistoles, 250 kilometres east of Quebec City. Beaulieau died in April 2007 after being punched in the head during a lunch-hour fight after a monkey-in-the-middle game "got out of hand." The responsible teen will have to change schools, go through therapy, and refrain from contacting Beaulieau's family. His lawyer said his client was relieved that he wouldn't have to do time in a detention centre. Beaulieau's mother was also glad that he wouldn't go to jail, but said that she was still waiting for an apology.



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