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Morning Brew: October 10th, 2008

Posted by Sisi / October 10, 2008

20080810_lions.jpgPhoto: "Ineffective guards," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler greynotgrey.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, October 10th, 2008:

Quebec taxpayers will spend nearly $400 million to bail out the Université du Québec à Montréal. Education Minister Michelle Courchesne said the province will shell out $180 million for the Pierre Dansereau science complex on top of the $200 million already being spent to cover the Îlot Voyageur site.

Liberal leader Stéphane Dion says he simply didn't understand a question asked by an interviewer in Halifax yesterday, an incident that the Conservatives are using to question his ability to lead. Dion also expressed surprise that CTV broke its agreement by running the images showing his confusion. The question in question? "If you were prime minister now, what would you have done about the economy and this crisis that Mr. Harper hasn't done?"

F1 teams, including Honda and BMW, are angered by the decision to drop the Canadian Grand Prix from the Formula One calendar. The replacement of the Montreal race by one in Abu Dhabi leaves the manufacturing teams without a presence in North America, which could seriously affect their sales of road vehicles.

A rare strain of strep bacteria is moving eastward across the country and is contributing to a spike in strep-related deaths, according to health authorities. The strain appeared first in B.C. in 2006 and could move into Quebec and the Maritimes in the coming fall and winter months.

Quebec grocery stores reached an agreement with the government over how many staff they can keep on holidays and at night. A recently introduced bill could see grocery chains close for five holidays annually (Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, St-Jean-Baptiste, and Labour Day). In return, the stores can employ however many people they want on any other day.

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