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Morning Brew: Octobet 1st, 2008

Posted by Michael / October 1, 2008

2008_10_01_first_warm_day.jpgPhoto: First Warm Day in Montreal courtesy of Kate Savage from the Midnight Poutine Flickr Pool.

Your morning news roundup for Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

If you haven't heard, the French-language leaders debate is tonight. Elizabeth May will be there, but you can be sure most of the focus will be on neck-and-neck contenders Steven Harper and Gilles Duceppe. The debate will be centered around the economy, admist fears of a spill-over recession from the States.

Premier Jean Charest believes in you and me, our financial situation despite the land of the free. He says our "institution are solid" and we are better adapted to dealing with acute financial woes. Jean-Luc Trahan, representing Quebec's manufacturer's retorted with this question: 'what about the fact that 75% of manufactured goods produced here go to the states?'. Alarm bells indeed.

Raccoon rabies: it's close to Montreal and it could spread to your dog, to your to cat, and then to you, human!

Irony. The newly launched Do Not Call for telemarketer blocking was overloaded by calls from eager users yesterday, causing the system to crash. Bell Canada runs the list with approval from the CRTC. It's been criticized for 'blatant omissions'.

Remember the tragic death of Bianca Leduc a year ago? She was playing outside an Ile Perrot home when she was hit by a reckless driver. It just so happened that the wheelman had turned eighteen that day. Originally he was to be tried as an youth offender, due to a 24 hour grace period. But an appeal has him in front of the courts as an adult now, with thirty days to form an appeal. This kinda opens up the 'conviction vs. rehabilitation' debate in light of much harsher youth offender laws proposed by Harper. Do you think this kid should be tried as an adult? Or will trying him as a youth offender suffice?

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