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Morning Brew: June 6, 2008

Posted by Sisi / June 6, 2008

20080606_camions.jpgPhoto: "Savez-vous camionner ?," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler sashamd.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, June 6th, 2008:

Against amazing odds, 38-year old Emru Townsend has found a bone marrow donor. You may have seen the group that his sister Tamu started on Facebook to draw attention to his plight. Townsend has acute myeloid leukemia with a complication that prevents simple chemotherapy from removing the cancer. Of Caribbean descent, Townsend had the best chance of finding a match in someone from the same background; however, 85 percent of registered Canadian bone marrow donors are Caucasian. Townsend and wife Vicky Vriniotis found out on Wednesday that a compatible donor was found; nothing is known about the person, except that he or she is North American. What's next is another round of chemo to put Townsend into remission, then the transplant surgery; the next 100 days after will determine if his body rejects or accepts the bone marrow. For more info on donating bone marrow, go to www.hema-québec.qc.ca.

Oh my! We may have heard the theme song to Hockey Night in Canada for the last time on Wednesday, when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the 2008 Stanley Cup. The CBC declined to renew a licensing agreement to keep the song for the next NHL season. It didn't comment on the development yesterday. A news release posted on Copyright Music & Visuals quotes Dolores Claman, the composer who wrote the theme in 1968: "I am saddened by the decision of the CBC to drop the Hockey Night in Canada theme after our lengthy history together. I nevertheless respect its right to move in a new direction," she says.

News Bytes:

Lieutenant-General Walter Natynczyk will replace General Rick Hillier as Canada's new defense chief. It remains to be seen whether he can defend us against stupid news.

Giraffe meat is kosher, declares an Israeli rabbi. Apparently, so is crack.

Ben's Deli will be razed because the building "has no heritage value." =(

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