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Morning Brew: May 12, 2008

Posted by Sisi / May 12, 2008

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Your morning news roundup for Monday, May 12th, 2008:

Selwyn House is once again hit with a sex scandal as a teacher was arrested last Thursday on kiddie porn charges south of the border. Richard Doucet, a "popular" Grade 3 and 5 teacher, is now in jail on charges of child pornography and solicitation. On Friday and Saturday afternoon, parents attended 120-minute counseling sessions at the elite Westmount school to decide how to best broach the subject with their kids. Doucet was in Atlanta for a week-long reading conference, after which he traveled to meet a 13-year old boy he met on the Internet - who turned out to be an undercover agent. Syke! According to Selwyn headmaster Will Mitchell, Doucet passed normal background checks when he was hired in 1999. In his 9 years at Selwyn, he taught an estimated 360 students; however, Mitchell says there's no evidence to believe that Doucet sexually abused any of them during that period.

Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier will be under fire from opposition MPs when he appears before the House of Commons later this month. A date hasn't yet been finalized, but he can be sure to endure questions about his ex-girlfriend's links to biker gangs and job performance. A recent political gaffe involved Bernier misidentifying the leader of Haiti; last month, he caused another uproar when he suggested to reporters that Asadullah Khalid, the governor of Kandahar, should be replaced. The Tories are ignoring the question of ex-girlfriend Julie Couillard, insisting that an MP's personal life should not be subject to scrutiny. Couillard had serious relationships with 2 prominent bikers in the 1990s; the Conservatives have dismissed any security concerns over the issue.

News Bytes:

She's already been called the "almost queen of Canada," and now the French are comparing Governor-General Michaëlle Jean to both Lady Di and Nelson Mandela as she continues to make waves across the pond.

In the print world, the Globe & Mail and La Presse trump the competition in the National Newspaper Awards with stories on Afghanistan.

A study shows that, for all the roles they play, stay-at-home Canadian moms would earn about $126,593 if they were on a company payroll.

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