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Morning Brew: April 28, 2008

Posted by Sisi / April 28, 2008

Photo: "McGill TA strike II," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler fermata.daily.

Your morning noon news roundup for Monday, April 28th, 2008:

The Canadian identity is diversifying so quick that by 2021, most of the country's residents will be hyphenated Canadians. A Montreal researcher named Jack Jedwab, who is executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies, found that the way people perceive their ethnic background is becoming more complex with every census. In 1986, 7 million Canadians claimed mixed ancestries; by 2006, that number had jumped to 12.9 million. According to the data, the highest concentrations of hyphenated Canadians in major urban centers are in Regina and Saskatoon; the lowest concentrations are Quebec City and - shock horror? - Montreal.

Soaring rice costs have left some Montreal businesses scrambling to secure supplies. According to the United Nations, the price of rice has risen 70 percent worldwide. The surge has resulted in retail jumps of 25 percent in Montreal; some wholesalers are worried about future supplies. Since major rice-producing Asian countries are cutting back on exports, suppliers like Brij Sehgal are traveling to India and Pakistan to explore alternative sources. Sehgal says he has no intention of hoarding rice or inflating prices, but is concerned about the health of his business.

News Bytes:

The Philadelphia Flyers upset the Habs 4-2 on Saturday night, tying the second round of the playoffs 1-1. Tune in tonight to see the Canadiens take back the semifinals in Philly.

A patient at a Montreal dental clinic discovered a stack of confidential documents in the recycling in front of the establishment, in plain sight of passerbys. Tsk, tsk.

A man suspected of having ties to al-Qaeda was able to secure a visa to live in Canada and was later arrested at Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

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