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Morning Brew: June 9, 2008

Posted by Sisi / June 9, 2008

20080609_unicorns.jpgPhoto:"Untitled," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler Mister Sleeep.

Your morning news roundup for Monday, June 9th, 2008:

In the 1990s, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve was known as the bastion of the Ku Klux Klan in Montreal. Since then, racist groups have largely disbanded. However, a rash of recent violence and vandalism in the borough is stoking fears that extreme right-wing Neo-Nazism is resurfacing here. Over the last few months, leftist factions clashed several times with small Neo-Nazi groups like StrikeForce, an "ultra-violent" 15-member clique with ties to Montréal-Nord, Laval, and Longueuil. All members are under 30. In March, anti-fascists started putting up posters in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve identifying Neo-Nazis who lived in the sector. In response, Neo-Nazi groups shattered several windows; one victim was Rhizome, a left-wing organization.

In response to gas hikes, half of Canadian drivers say that they have cut back in daily driving and 45 percent say they've taken steps to increase mileage, according to a new poll. It may sound like a lot, but Americans are even more aggressive: 84 percent cut back on daily driving and 76 percent took steps to improve mileage. The province that cut back the most on daily driving is British Columbia (56 percent), while the provinces that cut back the least are Manitoba and Saskatchewan (45 percent). In Quebec, 62 percent of drivers acted to increase mileage and 14 percent (a national low) cut back household spending because of gas prices.

News Bytes:

The Canadian Grand Prix is over (small mercies), and the results were surprising: BMW Sauber won the race, giving Robert Kubica his first Formula One victory yesterday.

Quebec tables a bill giving water "legal status."

Montreal and Vancouver are the only Canadian entries among the world's 25 most livable cities.

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