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Morning Brew: November 7, 2008

Posted by Sisi / November 7, 2008

20081107_foggy.jpgPhoto: "Fog Patrol," by Midnight Poutine Flickr pooler All About Eve.

Your morning news roundup for Friday, November 7th, 2008:

There is a deer in the streets of Montreal. Yes, a deer. This morning at 8 a.m., Park Ex residents reported seeing a Virginia deer. It was tracked down to an area surrounded by a 2 metre chain link fence, which it tried to jump. The deer had injuries to the mouth from impacting the fence; witnesses also saw it hit a car. As of 9:30 a.m., the police had roped the area off and were waiting for wildlife agents.

The Quebec comedy duo of Marc-Antoine Audette and Sébastien Trudel caused grief to the McCain-Palin camp with their prank call, reported several U.S. newspapers. Palin's failture to tell McCain that she had plans to speak with "Sarkozy" aggravated the Republican ex-candidate.

It's day 2 of the campaign and party leaders want to woo you with the economy. PQ leader Pauline Marois has a six-point plan that includes tax credits for low-income earners and a demand for the $435 million that Ottawa still owes Quebec for the 1998 ice storm. Liberal leader Jean Charest proposes to raise minimum wage to $9.50 by 2010 and create 100,000 new jobs a year. And finally, ADQ leader Mario Dumont said he would partially privatize Hydro-Québec, selling off 7.5 per cent to the Quebec public and Quebec-based companies.

Oh, you crazy Swedish: Growth hormone treatment could boost shorter kids, adding almost 20cm to some children, according to Swedish researchers. The results were obtained after the effects of the hormone were tested on 151 "short stature" kids between 1988 and 2008.

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