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Morning Brew: April 24, 2008

Posted by Sisi / April 24, 2008

Photo: "260," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler jessica petunia.

Your morning news roundup for Thursday, April 24th, 2008:

Dozens of photos and videos from the public have helped police arrest 7 more people in the wake of Monday's playoff riots. 6 new photos were posted to a department website yesterday; some of them were of vandals damaging cars. The authorities perceive an eagerness from the public to act as informants, because many blame the rioters for "tarnishing a moment of civic pride in Montreal." However, police had to get search warrants for major news outlets after some of them refused to release footage of the riots. One media lawyer said that law enforcement officials should have been there with their own cameras. With another game in Montreal tonight, police visited shops with safety suggestions like putting up protective grills and removing merchandise from windows.

The Mosquito has arrived without fanfare in Canada, but it's sure to create a buzz sooner or later. The controversial device emits high frequency ultrasounds only audible to young ears. It's been employed by many European shopkeepers to stop teens from loitering around their businesses. The city of Montreal is considering its use to stop underage drug dealers and problem teens from hanging around certain parts of town. So far, 150 devices at $1250 each have been sold in Canada. The Mosquito's Vancouver distributor, Moving Sound Technologies, predicts that the invention will be in high demand in Toronto and Montreal this summer. Created by a Welsh guy named Howard Stapleton, the Mosquito gives off a sound that only humans aged 13 to 25 can hear. It's not loud, but it's supposed to annoying as hell. (If you can't hear it now, rest assured you'll hear about it when the shit storm hits.)

News Bytes:

Not Montreal news, but too much weird goodness to pass up: Brazilian priest flies off with 1,000 balloons and gets lost at sea. What do they put in the jamba juice over there?

Police are searching for a man who attacked 3 taxi drivers; the latest scare happened at about 4 a.m. this morning.

At the Globe & Mail, 3 experts tackle the question of how Canada should deal with the world's rising superpowers: China and India.



Le / April 25, 2008 at 01:59 pm
I have a hard time reading what Marcus Gee wrote... I'm sure he's an expert in Asian geopolitics, but his viewpoint toward China and India is above all else an adversarial one.

He points to the vast social and economic challenges facing these developing countries as a source of comfort, rather than matters of concern.

It's clear that he cares little about the welfare of the people of the region, and far more that America, our chosen sugar-daddy, still has a firm and reassuring grip on the world. Let us all bask in the benevolent glow of American global hegemony. Mmmm... I'm lovin' it!
Le / April 25, 2008 at 02:07 pm
Actually, I take it back. He does make some good points and it's important to dispel the notion that the Chinese are 'taking over' and getting all hot and bothered about it.
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