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Morning Brew: May 26, 2008

Posted by Sisi / May 26, 2008

20080526_rosemont.jpgPhoto: "Rosemont Overpass," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Zazoo.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, May 26th, 2008:

A rival for WALL-E?: It sent a pithy "ping" to its creators shortly after touching down on Sunday night. Then, it took a half-hour nap as the dust settled. Phoenix, a Canadian-U.S. mission to Mars, landed for the first time ever on the planet's North Pole, in an area called Green Valley. Aboard the spacecraft is $30 million worth of Canadian gear: sophisticated lasers that will analyze the Martian weather, and a robotic arm that will dig for signs of life on the surface. The next step is to unfold the probe's solar panels; for now, it runs on batteries. Although Phoenix still has to prove itself over the next 3 months, the biggest obstacle - landing - is over. Look for the plush doll.

A controversial Quebec writer is denying charges of racism in his criticisms of Governor-General Michaëlle Jean. Victor-Lévy Beaulieu called Jean "La Reine-Nègre" (the negro queen) in an editorial he wrote for an independent paper. A sovereignist, he based the declaration on the theory of the the roi-nègre, "which identifies the leaders of African colonies put in place to deliver the colonizer's message to the population." In other words, Beaulieu believes that Ottawa is using Jean to "forcefully integrate" Quebec into Canada. He cites her recent tour to France as evidence. Beaulieu insists that it is not the color of Jean's skin that he is attacking, but her role as the "negro queen."

News Bytes:

Aria redux: 4 men were arrested outside Circus early yesterday for carrying heat.

Boomer, the lion cub who escaped from a reserve last month, is making waves at his new home of Granby Zoo.

Canada makes a scientific case for its ownership of the high Arctic, a year after Russia controversially planted a flag on the North Pole seabed.

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