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Morning Brew - Apr. 4, 2008

Posted by Jer / April 4, 2008

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photo: "The Melt" from midnight poutine flickr pool contributor steveyb.

It's Friday, 40 years after the day Martin Luther King was assassinated. Our tireless news editor, Sisi Chen, is still out so you're stuck with me for this edition of the Friday news.

The National Liberal party is in hot water in Quebec again this week after trying to block La Presse from publishing a list of potential party candidates.

Bell Canada is also taking heat for a recent decision to limit internet bandwith for certain customers and certain applications (like file sharing etc...). Many see the practice, also known as "traffic shaping" or "throttling" as a blow to the internet as a neutral network, since it allows internet providers to promote certain content and services over others by tampering with upload and download speeds. If you care about a neutral net, sign up at Stop the Throttler!

Apparently, it's strike season at Montreal's universities. UQAM students just ended a two month strike in protest of rising tuition fees. Part-time professors at Concordia recently walked off the job in a dispute over fair salaries and better working conditions. And this weekend, McGill's grad student teaching assistants are entering into the final round of bargaining talks with the administration before they strike over the fact that T.A.s, at McGill and across the province, are incredibly under-resourced, under-paid and over-worked compared to the rest of the country.

In hockey news, the Montreal Canadiens clinched the Northeast Division title (for the first time in 16 years) on Tuesday in a 3-0 romp over the once-mighty-now-shite-y Ottawa Senators (despondent Sens fans could be seen trying to jump into the rideau canal). Last night, Les Boys knocked the Buffalo Sabres out of playoff contention, and Saturday they face the down-and-out Leafs in the last game of the season. Get your oversized Canadiens shirts out, and get ready to honk your car or bike horns like jackasses. We're going to the playoffs.

This next bit is not local news, but it's related thanks to all the stuff that is surfacing as the snow melts... a team of scientists studying a newly-discovered sample of 14,000 year-old feces in Oregon says that humans have been on this continent for over 14,300 years (1000 years more than what scientists previously thought). Said the lead researcher: This discovery is the shit.

Researchers elsewhere (who picked a far more interesting topic of study) have discovered that most of us think that 3 to 13 minutes is adequate when having sex. Betraying the logic of the sex marathons promoted by the porn industry, 3 to 13 minutes seems like a much more reachable goal. Maybe. If you really concentrate and think about baseball. Better yet, softball.

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