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Morning Brew: May 23, 2008

Posted by Sisi / May 23, 2008

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Your morning news roundup for Friday, May 23rd, 2008:

Finally, the Gong Show is over. The Bouchard-Taylor report has concluded that Quebecers can no longer define themselves by their French-Canadian roots and accept that immigrants will change the "soul as well as the face" of the province. The 2 commissioners, Charles Taylor and Gérard Bouchard, are prominent intellectuals. They were appointed by Jean Charest last year to study growing complaints about minorities like Muslims and orthodox Jews. The report, published yesterday, blamed a large part of the hubbub over misinformation. Of 21 specific cases studied, only 6 were accurately reported by the media. They added that Quebecers aren't any more xenophobic than other Western societites, but that their history as a linguistic minority within North America makes them more defensive. As a whole, the Bouchard-Taylor report urged a spirit of openness and compromise: "to draw closer to Muslims, not to flee them."

Good news for the road warriors: Efforts to crack down on dangerous cyclists last year reduced serious bike accidents by 40 percent, said Montreal police. According to a traffic commander, nearly half of all accidents involve a cyclist who was breaking the rules. Police have been issuing more tickets and warnings to those who don't respect the traffic code. However, many cylists say that the city and police can still do more to make roads safer for bicycles. Take the case of McGill University, which is refusing to let people bike on its campus. For more on bike life, check out Kate Molleson's On Two Wheels blog.

News Bytes:

The Bouchard-Taylor Commision has called for greater secularism in our society. This means taking that ubiquitous crucifix out of many civic and legislative institutions. Still, the crucifix will remain above the national assembly. Jean Charest, who called for the commission, will not be retireing the cross...(yet?)

The water quality on Indian reserves across Canada has reached a 'boiling point' according to the Polaris Institute. Apparently the 'deplorable conditions that First Nations people live in would not be accepted in any other part of the country.'

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Le / May 23, 2008 at 05:12 pm
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way to go, media, you lose the game!

also: a traffic commander!?
golu dolls / February 14, 2019 at 05:19 am
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