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Morning Brew: March 4, 2008

Posted by Sisi / March 4, 2008

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Photo: "Or of an ocean not littered with wastage," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler greynotgrey.

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, March 4th, 2008:

There's something in the air, and it isn't springtime: Not to alarm anyone, but Montreal's last remaining garbage dump will be full by August. 250,000 people live near the Lachenaie landfill in the northeastern suburb of Terrebonne, and the question of where to put our garbage next is probably the most important environmental municipal issue right now. Yesterday night kicked off three nights of hearings in Repentigny on a proposal to expand and operate the dump for another 17 years. If the expansion is refused, then the greater Montreal region will have two options: (1) convince small towns outside of Montreal to take more garbage than they already do, or (2) start exporting garbage to the U.S. Don't laugh, Toronto is already doing that; it sends about a third of its output to Michigan. In Montreal, the Lachenaie dump takes about 40 percent of the garbage generated by 82 municipalities.

Quebec: the new New Jersey? The province should set up tollbooths to help pay for and maintain our crappy roads, said the Montreal Economic Institute in a report published yesterday. The reasoning is that it makes "people who use roads the most pay the most," according to author Mathieu Laberge. The federal government dug the idea, but transport activists are not impressed with the fact that the recommendation doesn't touch upon public transit. The report suggests four kinds of tolls: (1) a toll ranging from 60 cents to $2.40 per trip across Montreal's 15 bridges (yearly income of $447 million); (2) a Montreal highway toll; (3) a general toll on Quebec's highways around larger cities; and (4) a toll on the busiest roads and highways across the province (worth $1.6 billion a year). Quebec ditched toll highways in the '80s, but Federal Public Works Minister Michael Fortier thinks it's time for a blast from the past. Plans for two toll roads are underway: Highway 30 on Montreal's South Shore and Highway 25 between Montreal and Laval.

A Canadian citizen was sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia yesterday, convicted of murder for a schoolyard fight that turned fatal last year. The case revolves around 23-year old ex-Montrealer Mohamed Kohail. In 2007, a fight broke out when his younger brother Sultan insulted a girl named Raneem Haraki. Her cousin, 18-year-old Munzer Haraki, jumped in to defend her and died from either "a blow to the head or internal bleeding from a fall." Saudi Arabia hasn't executed a Westerner in decades, prompting observers to place their bets on an appeal in the coming months. Canada-Saudi relations are already suffering from another dealth-penalty case in 2000 involving William Sampson, a British-Canadian who later wrote a book about his experience. The current situation could create a problem for the Tories, who will have to decide how strongly they want to fight for one of their citizens.

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