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Morning Brew: September 2nd, 2008

Posted by Gabby / September 2, 2008

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Good morning, and happy back to school to all of you (read: us) university-goers. Here's this morning's news roundup for September 2nd, 2008:

PM Harper will ask Governor General Michaelle Jean to set October 14th as the official date for the next federal elections later this week. The election call is expected to be made Friday or Saturday.

Nurses in Montreal hospitals have been doing more and more overtime. In hospitals such as Maisonneuve-Rosemont, nurses are often required to keep working at the end of their shift, invoking force majeure cases like the engorgement of the ER, and those who refuse to do it might be hit with unpaid suspensions.

On the bright side, Quebec now has gun control legislation. Bill 9, also referred to as the Anastasia law, in memory of Anastasia DeSousa, bans the possession of firearms in schools and daycare centres, and on public and school transportation.

A reckless driver died last night in a street race that resulted in a crash on Cote-de-Liesse.

Mayor Benoit Labonté is looking into making more Montreal streets exclusive to pedestrians for next year. Remember, Ste-Catherine was closed to vehicles from June 17 to today, which resulted in an increase of visitors of up to 50% in the Village.

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