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Morning Brew: Jan 22, 2009

Posted by Jeff / January 22, 2009

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PHOTO - Midnight Poutine flickr group - Micheal Filion
Your morning news roundup for Thursday, Jan 22nd, 2009:
Canadian retail sales fell in November for the fourth month in a row, posting the biggest decline since January 1998, although it was reported earlier by some credit card processing companies that sales were up. One can assume that fewer people used cash through the end of the year and more credit. Yikes won't this just be harder for us all in the long run.

The sentencing of a Montreal man who brutally attacked a woman in a metro station has been delayed for a number of months. The Montreal provincial courthouse was too busy to hold the scheduled sentencing hearing Wednesday for Peter Niedzielski, and rescheduled to Apr 17th. Seems like the court system could hire a few people to help our economy and expedite the legal process.

Quebec director Benoît Pilon's film Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (The Necessities of Life ), a story about an Inuit hunter in a Quebec sanatorium, was Canada's entry for a foreign film Oscar this year.The film had made the shortlist of nine nomination contenders in the best foreign language film category, but it did not make the final five nominated films announced. Another reason not to watch them I guess.

An ambitious billion-dollar revitalization plan for Montreal's derelict Griffintown quarter is being scaled down in light of the global economic slowdown.The budget for Phase 1 has already been cut from $4 million to $2 million. Don't we want to build jobs today, for more jobs tomorrow? maybe the ultra luxury plans for the site were a little far fetched?

Our Canadiens take a much needed All Star break this week-end starting today. After dropping the second in a row last night to the New Jersey Devils. There were a few positives to look to such as Saku Koviu and Carey Price are back in the swing of things, and our lovely golden hair boy Alex Kovalev was named "Captain of the East" which will no doubt add some flare to the home crowd for this all star game. I just hope it adds flare to his game.

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