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Morning Brew: June 17th, 2008

Posted by Gabby / June 17, 2008

mb061708.JPGPhoto: "La Croix, La Lune et Mont-Royal", by Midnight Poutine flickr pooler steverohde

Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, June 17th 2008:

A group of companies have been helping Quebec go green. Societies like the SAQ (the boozers) and RECYC-Québec, as well as a few can- and bottle-producing companies put together a green fund of some sort for cities and boroughs across the province to buy recycling equipment with. So far, 131 cities and boroughs have benefited from the program, called Table pour la récupération hors foyer. Together, the 16 companies raised over $6 million to fund recycling in our streets, parks and restaurants.

Rumor has it that the Cirque is for sale. There have been hints that Dubai state-owned property developper Nakheel PJSC was interested in buying the Montreal circus. But no, the Cirque du Soleil is not for sale. Guy Laliberté has been sole owner of the Cirque since he bought out his partner Daniel Gauthier in 2001. With over 4,000 employees, 1,700 of them in Quebec, the Cirque is "a very appealing company and we are approached by many individuals and organizations on a regular basis with these types of offers," says Renée-Claude Ménard, Cirque spokesperson. Zaia is to open in Macau on August 28, Criss Angel Believe is to premiere in Las Vegas September 12, and Zed is to launch in Tokyo on October 1.

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Due to the rising cost of fuel, Air Canada is cutting 2,000 jobs. Ouch.

The MP3 player turns 10 this summer. Anyone remember those ghetto 16MB players?

An italian man was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping his ex-girlfrield and forcing her to iron his clothes and wash his dishes. When in Rome...?

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