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Morning Brew: April 16, 2008

Posted by Sisi / April 16, 2008

Photo: "Futebol via satéllite," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler kevincrumbs.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, April 16th, 2008:

It's a big news day today, so let's get kicking with item #1: A Tamil group is being investigated by the RCMP on grounds that it finances terrorism in Sri Lanka. Sivanathan Sivaraman owns the building at 4160 Van Horne Ave. that houses both the World Tamil Movement and the Eelam Tamil Association of Quebec. The group in question is the WTM, which has offices both here and Toronto. The RCMP has been investigating the WTM for 6 years. They suspect that the WTM has been funding the Tamil Tigers in the civil war in Sri Lanka. In Canada, the Tigers are considered a terrorist group; raising money for them is punishable by up to 10 years in a federal prison. Sivaraman, however, insists that funds are being used for humanitarian aid. He also said that Quebec Tamils are being unfairly targeted.

General Rick Hillier announced his retirement as Canada's alpha dog on Tuesday. The departure is voluntary and is set to happen in July. With Canadian involvement in Kandahar extended to 2011 and the additional purchase of military equipment, Hillier considers his personal mission fulfilled. He said summer is a good time to go because it allows him to "claim a legacy of reinforced pride inside the military." Hillier also said he never aspired to be Canada's military chief and had been planning his departure since last fall. Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the general on Tuesday afternoon in the House of Commons, calling him a "great Canadian." Liberal leader Stéphane Dion followed suit, as did NDP leader Jack Layton (even though his party opposes the mission to Afghanistan). Click on the link for an overview of Hillier's career.

Does this mean we won't see them anymore?: The maker of those rubber monstrosities, Crocs Inc., is closing its manufacturing plant in Quebec City. The downside is that 669 people will be put out of commission as the company seeks cheaper production elsewhere. The Colorado-based Crocs Inc. says the plant closure coincides with waning demand for their products. 262 workers were laid off in recent months, and the remaining 407 will lose their jobs by the end of July. According to a spokesperson, production will move to Mexico, Brazil, China, and Romania; about 100 sales and marketing jobs will remain in the city.

The Habs won a close 1-0 against Boston yesterday, taking a 3-1 series lead. They'll be back home to hand it to the Bruins again tomorrow night in front of 20,000+ rabid fans.

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