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Morning Brew: March 6, 2008

Posted by Sisi / March 6, 2008

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Photo: "Glass Rainbow," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler impactmatt.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, March 6th, 2008:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to seek clemency for a Montrealer facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. Mohamed Kohail, 23, of Dollard-des-Ormeaux was sentenced to beheading after he was convicted of killing a student in a schoolyard brawl in 2007. His case is the first test of the Conservative government's new policy of not asking for mercy when Canadians are "sentenced to death in democratic countries with a strong rule of law." Traditionally, the government lobbied foreign governments for clemency. But things changed last fall in response to the case of an Albertan on death row in Montana. In Kohail's case, Canada decided to ask for clemency after all. Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier said his department will help the accused's family appeal the death sentence. That particular window closes in 30 days.

In other government news, Harper announced yesterday that an internal investigation would look into the memo leaks that shook Senator Barack Obama's presidential bid last week. However, he chose to ignore the opposition's demands to involve the RCMP and shed light on the circumstances surrounding the leaks. The first leak allegedly came from the prime minister's cabinet. The second leak was a Canadian diplomatic note addressed to an American media outlet. Earlier, Obama stated during a campaign that he would renegotiate the terms of NAFTA. In the note, one of Obama's counselors basically says to disregard the promise because it was made in the context of an election bid. As a result, the senator's integrity has been attacked by his rivals Hillary Clinton and John McCain. He lost the Ohio primary on Tuesday. Harper hasn't mentioned the first leak, but said that not only is the second leak wrong, but it could also be illegal.

Recently, a group of 25 east-end homeowners stormed city hall to tongue whip the mayor about 5-digit property tax bills. Now, about 200 more homeowners on another street in Pointe aux Trembles have been slapped with surprise bills. Condo and townhouse owners on Sherbrooke St. E. are protesting $10,000 "local improvement" invoices. Many of these owners are recent buyers who didn't know that the borough did roadwork on the street before they purchased. They attended a council meeting on Tuesday night to make their voices heard. Suzanne Décarie, an opposition borough councillor, said that developers are supposed to pay for the infrastructure work for their own projects, after which they can factor it into the prices of their homes. According to borough spokesperson Marieleine Delisle, there was no developer to charge at the time (in 2006). The borough informed Sherbrooke St. residents at the January 2005 council meeting that they would be billed for the work. About 60 people attended.

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Eda / February 4, 2015 at 06:44 am
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Glad you all had a good time. Hope my directions were adqteaue. It has been a year or so since I was there. How about a head count? Hope there will be another one soon for the ones who couldn't make it this time!
Eda / February 4, 2015 at 06:44 am
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Glad you all had a good time. Hope my directions were adqteaue. It has been a year or so since I was there. How about a head count? Hope there will be another one soon for the ones who couldn't make it this time!
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