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Morning Brew: March 13, 2008

Posted by Sisi / March 13, 2008

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Photo: "Cautiously," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler La Belle Province.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, March 13th, 2008:

Oh FFS: Complaining that Saint-Patty's day is "too English," a new sovereignist group is planning to join Sunday's parade while distributing leaflets and waving Quebec, Patriote, and Irish flags. However, parade organizers will ask police to remove any members of the Réseau de Résistance du Québécois who attempt to join the march. RRQ co-founder Patrick Bourgeois said that his peers will not be disruptive and explained that the group wanted to "throw a soupçon of French" in an event that traditionally takes place completely in English. He said that the leaflets would highlight links between the Irish and francophone Quebecers. The RRQ is a hard-liner offshoot of separatist newspaper Le Québécois and claims a membership of 500. Jolyon Ditton, a spokesperson for the group that organizes the parade, said that politics were never allowed in the march and that the rules will not change this year.

The Gibson Guitar Corp. claims that the popular "Guitar Hero" franchise violates one of its patents. California-based game publisher Activision Inc. filed a complaint on Tuesday asking that a federal court shoot down the accusation. Gibson has a 1999 patent covering "a virtual-reality device that included a headset with speakers and that simulated participating in a concert." The real-life guitar company says that Activision needs to get a license under the patent. The video game makers insist, however, that a license is neither wanted nor needed. The he-said-she-said started back in January, when Gibson's attorneys sent an angry letter to Activision. The "Guitar Hero" games have been a huge cash cow to Activision, posting a profit increase of 90 percent last month for the 3rd quarter that ended Dec. 31. (Incidentally, Activision makes fantastic X-Men games.)

On a darker note, the collapse of a snow-laden roof in Morin Heights, northwest of Montreal, claimed the lives of three women yesterday. The roof of a foodie grocery called Gourmet du village gave way in the morning, trapping around 15 employees. Hours later, the bodies of Barbara Morrisson Elliott, 54, Sharon Kirkpatrick, 62, and her daughter-in-law Marlyn Osiaza, 46 were pulled from the rubble. A fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. and made quick work of the surroundings. The employees who managed to escape took refuge at city hall, a stone's throw away from the scene. Residents of the small community waited around to see what would happen, but hope of finding the three victims alive quickly waned. They were eventually taken to the Saint-Agathe hospital, where their deaths were pronounced at around 7 p.m.

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11 Comments

Le / March 13, 2008 at 12:38 pm
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So, Sisi, I think it's high time you throw a soupçon of Chinese into la Saint-Jean.
LX / March 13, 2008 at 05:56 pm
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Those are fightin' words, telling the Irish they are too English.
WARMFLASH / March 14, 2008 at 03:03 pm
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Wow. When you read these stories from a Torontoist's perspective, you thank God you live in Toronto.

We may be a run down, rustbelt, hard ass gun crazed drug addled good for nothing city, but at least we don't have to contend with stupid shit like ST PATRICK'S DAY being TOO ENGLISH.
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