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Morning Brew: February 28, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 28, 2008

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Photo: "I am big," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Clark Supernova.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, February 28th, 2008:

'Tis a question of civic pride, of global recognition, of just rewards. Yes, the battle to earn a spot on the international edition of Monopoly wraps up today. Three Canadian cities out of 68 worldwide are in the running: Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto. Montreal held the no. 2 spot until the board stopped showing rankings to up the suspense in the last days of voting. During February, Vancouver ranked no. 13 and Toronto barely qualified at spot no. 21. Only 20 cities will be retained for the board. They'll be ordered according to the number of votes received, so Montreal is well on its way to securing a valued spot usually occupied by properties like Boardwalk or Park Place. One catch: although voting ends today, the winners won't be revealed until August. Damn you, Hasbro!

Boring news that I tried to avoid for as long as possible: The new Tory budget fails Quebec because it doesn't reflect our needs, said provincial Finance Minister Monique Jérôme-Forget on Tuesday night. In "carefully worded criticism" meant for her federal counterpart Jim Flaherty, Jérôme-Forget said Ottawa could've done more to help our forest and manufacturing sectors. Although she recognizes that Ontario did well with its auto industry, she suggested that Flaherty could've done more for Quebec considering he had $20 billion to play with. The big item on the Tory budget was Flaherty's tax-free savings account. It's not great news for the provincial government because the latter means less revenue to pay mounting health and education bills. Basically, this whole news item is Jérôme-Forget cautiously bitching about moolah. She will table her own budget this spring.

Two amateur fishers made "the catch of a lifetime" when they hooked a shark earlier this month...in the Saguenay fjord. Married couple Doris Boudreault and Alain Gagnon caught a Greenland shark through a 10-centimetre hole in the ice. The deep water shark is rarely seen in the Saguenay; this particular specimen measured 2.8 metres and weighed 225 kilograms. Boudreault at first thought that her line was caught on the bottom. She managed to regain it, but asked her husband to take over because she was "exhausted." They couldn't pull the mystery fish through the hole. After enlarging the latter, they saw the fin and realized it was a Greenland shark. The couple returned it to the water in accordance with the law.

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jt / February 28, 2008 at 09:51 am
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I can think of 20 greater cities than montreal. i can think of hundreds better than toronto. but its a popularity thing, and I bet the people of, say, Lyon, dont play monopoly much.
Aby / February 5, 2015 at 01:14 am
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Soooo, let me get this straight! The Dr only reoemvd the top half of it?! What was the point? In my experience, keloids always grow back and usually even bigger than the original
golu dolls / February 19, 2019 at 01:28 am
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kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:28 am
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kanchipuramsarees / February 19, 2019 at 01:29 am
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nice post
herbal powder / February 19, 2019 at 01:29 am
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