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Morning Brew: February 27, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 27, 2008

Photo: "Spring," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler JaxPhotography.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, February 27th, 2008:

It's a bit of a strange news day. First off, a Quebec man may face criminal charges after a woman he was having S&M sex with gave up the ghost. The 39-year old woman died Saturday night in a home on the South Shore, in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville. According to the police, she went into cardiac arrest while engaging in kinky sex using "very particular accessories." When they arrived at the house, the unnamed man was trying to resuscitate the woman. He was arrested and questioned, then released without charge. Investigators are waiting for the autopsy report to see if he'll be charged with criminal negligence.

In a surprise move, the Habs traded goalie Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals yesterday. It seems the Canadiens will keep 20-year old Carey Price as their starting goaltender. Huet has a pay slip of $2.75 million US and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. He reported being "shocked" at the trade. Although the 32-year old Frenchman carries a good record with a 2.49 goals-against average, he struggled recently with a 2-4-0 performance in his last six NHL games. With the recall of 22-year old goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Hamilton Bulldogs to be Price's backup, Montreal now has one of the youngest goalie tandems in the NHL.

The Canadian Forces has asked soldiers not to put up personal information and pictures on Facebook to prevent groups like Al-Qaeda from using the data for terrorist attacks. The CBC claims to have acquired a copy of a memorandum asking soldiers not to appear in uniform or reveal their military status on social networking sites. The memo warns that terrorist groups patrol sites like Facebook, and that family and friends could become potential targets. Canada currently has a deployment of 2,500 soldiers fighting Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan.

And the kicker: Last Friday morning, a plane landed at Trudeau airport with one more passenger than it left with. Nicolas Turgeon was born on a medical flight from Rouyn-Noranda near landing time. His mother, 25-year old Josée Simard, recounted the story from her St. Justine hospital room. She was 33 weeks pregnant when she was told the hospital in Rouyn-Noranda didn't have the resources to handle a premature birth. When Simard boarded the hour-long flight, she could already feel contractions. The doctor and the nurse hoped to delay the birth until landing, but "it comes to a point where nature does its work." There were no complications, and Nicolas was born weighing just over 2 kilograms.

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