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Morning Brew: February 7, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 7, 2008

Photo: "Closer," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler leroialeks.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, February 7th, 2008:

Bear with me, kiddies. It's a slow news day.

The proposed mega-facelift planned for Griffintown has residents worried that the development would rob the area of its unique character. Demvico, the company in charge of the plan, proposed to build nearly 4,000 residential units and 60 to 80 stores on a 10.2 hectare site. Residents aren't happy with one company having all the say. An urban planning consultant for Demvico says that there are advantages to this, "so you don't have one building with red bricks and a building next door with pink bricks." The plans will be unveiled on Feb. 21 and are likely to change again after public consultations.

The operation of a 77-year old woman in a private clinic is "a very important milestone in the history of Canadian health care," said Quebec Health Minister Philippe Couillard. The arrangement was made because of staff shortages at Sacré-Coeur hospital. The woman is paying her partial mastectomy through her health insurance card. The Rockland MD clinic in the Town of Mount-Royal has agreed to lend Sacré-Coeur an operating room twice a week. The woman's operation won't cost her more than if she'd done it in a hospital. Protestors are afraid deals with private clinic will hijack public health care funds. Couillard said the province is still trying to find better ways to deal with long surgery waiting lists.

The United States, Britain, and France are among the countries able to meet Canada's demands for 1,000-soldier NATO reinforcements in Kandahar, said Defence Minister Peter MacKay today. His comments were made at the beginning of a two-day meeting of defence ministers from North Atlantic Treaty Organization. MacKay insists on 1,000 soldiers and points out that Canada's 2,500-soldier mission in Kandahar is crucial to NATO's battle against the Taliban insurgency. Basically, we'd like 1,000 soldiers from a single country, but I think the chances of our getting them will be affected by the confidence motion that the Tories will table this week.



jt / February 7, 2008 at 10:13 am
theres a lot more at stake than off coloured bricks.

think about a whole neighbourhood of homgeneous design, with replicated condos et al. This sounds really lame to me. / June 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm
Morning_brew_february_7_2008.. Retweeted it :)
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