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Morning Brew: February 8, 2008

Posted by Sisi / February 8, 2008

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

Your morning news roundup for Friday, February 8th, 2008:

Green politics: Ottawa will appeal a decision by the Federal Court to strike off important restrictions in Canada's controversial medical marijuana program. On Jan. 10, the Court opted to let users pick their own marijuana providers and growers to supply more than one patient. But according to the Minister of Justice, the judge made a mistake by saying that it was unconstitutional to restrict growers to one patient. The federal government wants to reverse the Jan. 10 decision and get their legal fees reimbursed at the same time. However, lawyers representing medical marijuana users won't give up and also plan to appeal. They accused Ottawa of trying to buy time until pharmaceutical companies could come up with products based on marijuana.

Hockey great Guy Lafleur pleaded not guilty to a charge of misleading the court. His lawyer entered the plea yesterday at the Quebec Superior Court. Lafleur wasn't there for the hearing. Police issued an arrest warrant on Jan. 30, alleging Lafleur gave phony evidence at his son Mark's bail hearings. The Hall of Famer turned himself in the next day. It all started when Lafleur, 56, testified last September that his son obeyed a 12:30 A.M. court-imposed curfew. However, he helped him break that curfew twice by driving Mark to hotels to see his girlfriend. Mark remains in jail for more than 20 criminal charges and awaits a preliminary hearing in March.

Imported glamour: New York Post columnist Richard Johnson ran an item on Page Six yesterday claiming that the reputed illegitimate son of John F. Kennedy is living in Vancouver. Johnson reported that Vanity Fair killed the story pending further proof that the man really is JFK's lovechild. The story was allegedly ditched after a "courtesy call" to the former president's younger brother Ted Kennedy. The man in question was born to a Texas woman who met JFK through Lyndon B. Johnson.

Election alert?: PQ leader Pauline Marois is threatening to bring the province's minority Liberal government down unless their spring budget contains measures to stimulate the economy. Marois said she wanted Quebec to be protected from the U.S. economic slump yesterday after coming out from a PQ caucus meeting in Quebec City. Finance Minister Monique Jérôme-Forget warned in January that revenues this year might not meet expectations, despite Premier Jean Charest's confidence that the province won't fall into a deficit. The Liberals are already haggling with opposition parties to gain either the PQ or the ADQ's support; unless they can do that, we'll be facing a snap election in the spring.



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Ugh.. Pauline Marois.,
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