Friday, April 25, 2008

Daily Digest April 25, 2008


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION from ST. JOHN'S to VICTORIA.

EDITORIALs

ST.JOHN'S TELEGRAM -
The perks of politics
http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=129211&sc=80

CORNER BROOK WESTERN STAR -
Interesting times in oil and gas
http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=129413&sc=30

HALIFAX CHRONICLE HERALD -
Against the fiscal tides
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Editorial/1052011.html

AMHERST DAILY NEWS -
High gas prices a fact of life
http://www.amherstdaily.com/index.cfm?sid=129081&sc=61

MONTREAL GAZETTE -
Airwaves must remain a federal concern
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=6d4fbd91-3a8f-4c9e-900e-b4a8b8077365

OTTAWA CITIZEN -
Why biofuels have backfired
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=27faf0f6-9547-488f-ac83-385968fb6427

For whom Dell tolls
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/editorials/story.html?id=d425a0c3-2c07-4f07-8d4f-92e392d68f30

BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -
Justice calls for quick end to Martin's ordeal
http://www.intelligencer.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1000505

TORONTO STAR -
Pakistan's bold gamble
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418169

NATIONAL POST -
Not-so-hard time
http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/story.html?id=469527

HAMILTON SPECTATOR -
Time to end double talk
http://www.thespec.com/Opinions/article/359669

K-W RECORD -
Brenda Martin is just one of 1,750
http://news.therecord.com/Opinions/article/341599

WINDSOR STAR -
Weed, Grass, Green, Roach
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=39d95273-231c-4581-ad39-5654dd85bb86

SUDBURY STAR -
School system needs reform
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1000707

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS -
A caution on NAFTA
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4164984p-4752661c.html

A cautionary tale
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/editorial/story/4164988p-4752771c.html

SASKATOON STARPHOENIX -
Rosy picture could darken in a big hurry
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/forum/story.html?id=b399b437-5fb8-45f5-ae49-ba962dd08f6d

CALGARY HERALD -
Workplace safety needs improving
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=b8ce71b2-f9f7-48a7-b781-6274583529da

Hola to caution
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=6c1b1d30-b324-437d-b78d-8fe96cc6cf89

GRANDE PRAIRIE DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE -
Canadians don't want an election
We'd end up in the same boat anyway
http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/Editorial/index.html

EDMONTON JOURNAL -
The right NAFTA message
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/opinion/story.html?id=3d221446-ce4a-4d34-8cd3-54933e0b93f1

VANCOUVER PROVINCE -
Let's be pragmatic about managing beetle epidemic
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=ceb43190-c403-4759-870d-ebed2d1f7823

Health and safety zealots leave us, well, a little sick
http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/editorial/story.html?id=7786aef2-0b97-4204-b5f6-af3114eaaaf0


ISSUES

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS
Scientists find 17 descendants of 'iceman' found in glacier
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/080425/canada/vancouver_ice_man

Natives split on judge's special treatment of accused aboriginal rioter
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080425/national/judge_natives_riot

Two police officers assaulted in tense native standoff
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.deseronto26/BNStory/National/home


CANADIAN FORCES
Canadian Forces looking at hidden head injuries in deployed soldiers
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080425/national/military_brain_injuries


CANUSA/USACAN
U.S. report on Arar useless, congressman says
Homeland Security's one-page chronology of case is the only part that isn't marked secret, complains Democrat who requested it
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.ARAR25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/


ECONOMIC AFFAIRS
Bank of Canada sees lower growth, flags inflation
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080424/canada/canada_economy_boc_col

Global recession?
http://money.canoe.ca/Columnists/Leatherdale/2008/04/25/5384661-sun.html

The age of scarcity'
Full brunt of soaring costs to hit Canada next year
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=54f1f3ae-0a57-475f-80ae-8c41d47dbc9c

New standards present challenge to Big Three
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/editorial/story.html?id=46f808fc-d43f-4b58-992d-e7a6d45df7f7


FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Why China's Burning Mad
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1734821,00.html

Deals with tribal leaders mean trouble for Canadians
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=069c17e6-3286-4a43-b191-42e150f00eb6

Taliban bitten by a snake in the grass
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/JD26Df01.html

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says U.S. Preparing Military Options Against Iran
The Washington Post (04/25/2008)
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Afghan Riders Saddle Up for Buzkashi Season
IWPR (04/25/2008)
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Protests against food scarcity, price hike continue
Pajhwok (04/25/2008)
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Former Afghan minister opposes 'Talibanisation'
HindustanTimes (04/25/2008)
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Afghan opium farmers follow the money
Reuters (04/25/2008)
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India formally joins Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan gas pipeline project
Thomson Financial (04/25/2008)
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US official: Iran boosting support for Iraqi insurgents and militants in Afghanistan
The Associated Press (04/25/2008)
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Afghanistan wary of Pakistan-Taliban 'peace deal'
AFP (04/25/2008)
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Big advance in war on Afghanistan poppy
Telegraph, UK (04/25/2008)
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US to heighten Afghan role?
The Christian Science Monitor (04/24/2008)

Recruiting the bottom of the barrel
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JD26Ak01.html


HEALTH CARE RELATED
Search for AIDS vaccine proving a daunting task
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4164482p-4752031c.html

Viruses play part in development of lung cancer: research
http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/04/25/viruses-lungcancer.html


JUSTICE SYSTEM
Random searches ruled breaches of privacy
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.wscocskul0425/BNStory/National/home

[] Ruling: R. v. A.M. [] Ruling: R. v. Kang-Brown

Top court collars use of drug-sniffing dogs in random police searches
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080425/national/scoc_school_searches

Ontario's top court rejects challenge to sex offender registry
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=472171


POLITICS IN THE PROVINCES
No need to change spending rules
http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/viewpoints/story.html?id=5331e650-485b-4ba0-856a-e581aa0f4ffc

How many deaths are too many for Alberta Tories?
http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/theeditorialpage/story.html?id=1659707b-9e1e-4986-a9dc-39d1b4064c60

Canadian province bans uranium exploration
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/080425/canada/canada_uranium_col

Government vetted health board's news releases
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.INQUIRY25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Temporary status of foreign workers questioned
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2008/04/25/foreign-permanent.html

More immigrant pork-plant workers arrive in Brandon
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2007/06/19/maple-leaf-brandon.html


POLITICS
all 160 news articles »


Ex-electoral chief told Tories to supply ad documents before he abruptly quit 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=b6d33f65-9e59-45e0-a088-7a5c19098525

Former Tory candidate 'angry' over spending scheme
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.win26/BNStory/National/home

The Tories might have a point ... 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=f90d651c-4589-4dfc-8e20-23cfcf6de0bf
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Advertising comes back to bite the Conservatives
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=3c5625f4-5e78-4d90-8ffc-8ac27e77fe69

Liberals call on PM for proof
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.TORIES25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Grit MP denies Tory tit-for-tat
http://thechronicleherald.ca/Canada/1051885.html

Harper mocks the opposition
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=1c112323-ab54-4c95-853d-3099bba2f3cc

PM touts party's economic acumen, ignores volatile election-finance issue
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.HARPER25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Harper tests a new Quebec message
http://www.thestar.com/Canada/Columnist/article/418257

Canada in best shape for coming storm: PM
http://www.nationalpost.com/todays_paper/story.html?id=469470

Tories can deliver sound economic policies, PM says
http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/418258

Police ready to turn spotlight on Liberal officials
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.SPONSORSHIP25/TPStory/TPNational/Politics/

Do something about polygamy in Bountiful, NDP warns Ottawa
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080425.wpolygamy26/BNStory/National/home

Control slipping away; Liberals ready to let Harper, Conservatives struggle with scandals, missteps
http://www.thesudburystar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1000709&auth=Den+Tandt%2c+Michael


PROGRAMMES
Federal plan leaves it to firms to disclose identity thefts
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e2a76d09-fd03-4500-9b0e-a152cd58f05a

Canada's drug crime bill brings calls for caution from U.S.
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=472235


PRESSURE POINTS
Terror, without terrorists
The supposed 'existential threat' that has our leaders so hysterical turned out to be a
huddled handful in the Afghan hills and a shrinking number of hapless admirers
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=451cde94-97e5-4a6c-a01c-9acfddc44b60

Biofuels are part of the solution 
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=e08c8e19-4a95-491c-9386-d30afeab5cdf

The Government of Canada is investing a total of $2.2 billion toward the goal of reaching an average of 5 per cent renewable content in gasoline by 2010 and 2 per cent renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil by 2012, and advancing next generation biofuel technologies.
http://www.agr.gc.ca/cb/index_e.php?s1=n&s2=2008&page=n80328a

Al-Qaeda suspect was given Canadian visa: official
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/080425/canada/canada_security_attacks


OPINION AND INFORMATION
One Canada or 10 Canadas?
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/418176

Great Lakes threatened by invasive species
University of Windsor ballast flushing program step in right direction: Experts
http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=e5b417eb-a95f-43e1-b281-d40a3d782981

Politics' hidden heroes
http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/opinion/story.html?id=809e8da9-fab3-4e60-8ea5-1aefb67b0aeb

Peak oil's a chimera. Dumb policies are the real problem
http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=cf71b688-62c6-464c-ade8-100fe3e955d7

Rebirth of the piggybank?
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4165021p-4752735c.html

Conservatives' strutting machismo turning women off
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/westview/story/4163968p-4751348c.html

Has American Lost its Moral Authority?
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2754

Returning Freedom to Canada
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/2758

The Supreme Court's strange sniffer dog decision
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2008/04/25/colby-cosh-the-supreme-court-s-strange-sniffer-dog-decision.aspx

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS
Condemned by the perversity of tariffs
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080425.RREYNOLDS25/TPStory/TPBusiness/Politics/


INFOS

Des experts craignent une catastrophique inflation des prix des aliments
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N0425124AU.html

Un juge maintient le registre de délinquants sexuels de l'Ontario
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N0425132AU.html

Le ministre Flaherty rencontrera les banquiers canadiens lundi à Toronto
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N042591AU.html

La grippe aviaire est éradiquée des fermes de poulets en Saskatchewan
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N0425150AU.html

Crise alimentaire: Québec veut qu'Ottawa s'active à l'international
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N042574AU.html

La Cour suprême balise l'utilisation de chiens renifleurs par la police
http://info.branchez-vous.com/Nationales/080425/N0425120AU.html

Visa à un présumé terroriste
Une erreur administrative, selon la ministre
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/National/2008/04/25/002-reax-terroriste-toronto.shtml

La guerre de l'eau aura-t-elle lieu?
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Ontario/2008/04/24/001-guerre-lacs_n.shtml

Dépenses électorales des conservateurs
Les libéraux exigent des suspensions
http://www.radio-canada.ca/nouvelles/Politique/2008/04/24/002-PCC-enquete-jeudi.shtml

Pêcheurs semi-hauturiers
Ottawa fait une offre
http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/est-quebec/2008/04/22/003-pecheurs-gaspe-manif_n.asp

Stephen Harper mise d'abord sur l'économie
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080425/CPACTUALITES/804250597/1025/CPACTUALITES

La libérale Marlene Jennings nie avoir participé à du financement illégal
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080424/CPACTUALITES/80424263/1025/CPACTUALITES

L'armée achète trois fois plus de médicaments
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/article/20080424/CPACTUALITES/80424267/5846/CPACTUALITES


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Respectfully, spending your own money? Not quite

        "We spend our own money, the Liberals spend stolen money," he said in a speech that made no reference to current allegations of election spending
         irregularities by his party in the last election. http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=1c112323-ab54-4c95-853d-3099bba2f3cc

        Your money? Up to $400.00 75% is a tax deduction to donors - so 75% is tax payer funded.  Add to this the 60% of the same dollars the in and out
        plan was to return to candidates which it has been rumoured but ot confirmed mind you was expected to go "back to CPC headoffice after the election"
        and very little (someone figure out the math) was your "own money". http://www.freedominion.com.pa/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1172576#1172576

Will the Montreal Gazette's admonition be followed?

        This week Charest revealed that he has sent a letter to Ottawa in pursuit of a scheme to push the federal government out of both
         telecommunications and culture policy in Quebec.

        Prime Minister Stephen Harper should tear this letter up. And privately, if not in public, he should reprimand Charest for foolishly fuelling
        such sovereigntist fantasies.

        Editorial is posted below.
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Ron Thornton
Subject: Re: Daily Digest

Hi Joe:

In regards to the Supreme Court ruling that sniffer-dog searches are unlawful, I admit my first reaction was negative. On the surface, I'm with the cops. If there are drugs in my kids' school, I want them sought out. However, "slippery slope" considerations should not be forgotten.

For example, if the police can "sniff" the school, they can "sniff" your neighbourhood. If the dog smells something coming from your house, then you might soon be getting some company dropping by your home with guns drawn. For the law abiding citizenry, that should be no problem provided every cop was a good cop and every law maker and government officials was a saint. Unfortunately, the world provides many examples how the corrupt and incompetent can mess up even what on the surface appears to be a good law. 

There is a solution. If a principal has reason to believe there are drugs in his/her school, get a warrant and get the place sniffed. If there is an ongoing problem in the school, or the bus station, or the airport, or anywhere, for that matter, all we need to know is that such premises may get "sniffed" on a regular basis. If you know it could happen, then you shouldn't be surprised if and when it does.

Secret police do things you don't know are happening or could happen. However, if we all know that we might be subject to such an invasion of privacy, for very definable reasons, then it allows the public the opportunity to react so that pressure might be applied so a law may be changed or altered to their satisfaction. We already see examples of this in our airports for security reasons, so precedents have been set.

Meanwhile, so many are quick to point out their rights, be they real or imagined.  What I would like to know is what, along with those rights, are their responsibilities? You would think promoting measures that support getting drugs out of our schools and keeping bombs out of airplanes, even at the expense of loosening our right to privacy for very definable and publicly acknowledged reasons, would be a couple of responsibilities all of us should be willing to embrace. I mean, one's fellow students and passengers have rights, too.

Ron Thornton

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From: Attila Lendvai
Subject: Check out "One Canada or 10 Canadas?" on Progressive Canadians for ONE Canada...

Check out "One Canada or 10 Canadas?" on Progressive Canadians for ONE Canada!
http://onecanada.ning.com/profiles/blog/show?id=2065750%3ABlogPost%3A769&xgs=1

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Rene Moreau"

Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 24, 2008

To Joe
From Rene Moreau (416-489-8347)
re; genetically modified food
   A few points on the GMO foods;
   When the Norwegian Seed Bank was set up and opened a few months
ago, a program on CBC, the current, asked the supposed 'director' of
the Seed Bank, who incidentally had an American Midwest accent, was it
true that the sponsors of the seed bank included Monsanto and Dupont?
The answer was yes.

   In one of the e-mails lately mention was made of how Monsanto was
in the process of changing it's name since the world is on the their
bull-shit ploys. Although they are still in Chatham, (1-866-593-1125)
Ontario and New Jersey, (1866-232-7127,  in the States, I do believe
they are using the name of CropLife, Canada. It's worth checking out.

Another point worth checking out. On  CBC, Friday morning the 25th of
April, mention was made, by Kairos,  that 1.2 billion dollars is given
out to Big Oil in subsidies to do the tar-sands and such.

    Since Nafta states 'thou shalt not discriminate against foreign,
American corporations' or some such words, does this mean that we
CANADIAN taxpayers are getting to help pay foreign, American
corporations to suck Canada dry of resources at the same time
that they use our good oil and gas to suck up an overly energy
intensive product, right away, fast, before we wake up and see
what the hell they're up to?

   We won't even be able to blame Harper for stupidity and subservience
and letting himself be infiltrated,  since most of out business types
and media are judiciously silent.

   Take for example how our National Energy Board is completely
infiltratable with no protections from Nafta  or 5th column maneuvers
and management that have no idea of what's happening.

   Boy, if this gets in to the Daily Digest, it will be a miracle!
   Joe, please call to confirm receipt, anyway.
   Echelon will be upset, but who cares?

(F.Y.I. Echelon)
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&q=echelon&btnG=Google+Search&meta =

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Few ideas recently proposed in Quebec have been as ominous for anglophones as the Premier's new plan to gain more control, even a veto, over telecommunications policy decisions.

Ever vigilant about the slightest federal intrusion into provincial jurisdiction, Quebec politicians are once again revealing unseemly eagerness to stick their fingers into federal matters, of which telecommunications is one.

The idea that broadcasting should be tossed out into the gusty slipstream of Quebec nationalist politics should fill everyone - not just anglophones, not just federalists - with foreboding. In 1995, for example, then-premier Jacques Parizeau vowed that after independence the Parti Québécois would correct the "imbalance" in the number of French and English broadcast outlets. He also talked about maintaining some English broadcasting, though he carefully didn't say how much. Few anglophones or allophones will have had any illusions, then or now, about where that was intended to end up.

The Liberals, stung last fall by francophones' concerns about "identity," set up a party task force which proposed a Quebec veto over decisions by the federal telecommunications regulatory agency, known as the CRTC. This week Charest revealed that he has sent a letter to Ottawa in pursuit of a scheme to push the federal government out of both telecommunications and culture policy in Quebec.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper should tear this letter up. And privately, if not in public, he should reprimand Charest for foolishly fuelling such sovereigntist fantasies.

We wonder, meanwhile, what Liberal MNAs from strongly anglophone and allophone ridings think of this idea, and how they will explain it to their constituents. As we regularly do when this government abuses the trust of anglophones and allophones, we invite those Liberal MNAs to explain, in our pages, how they justify their inertia. As they regularly do, they will decline to answer.

For a vivid illustration of just how badly Quebec might use greater broadcasting power, look at the TQS controversy in Quebec City this week: Charest demanded that the CRTC reject a plan from the troubled French-language network, now under new ownership, to wipe out 270 jobs, including closing news operations in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Saguenay on Sept. 1.

The National Assembly unanimously and abruptly adopted a resolution - proposed by Action Démocratique du Québec - urging the CRTC to demand that TQS keep the newsrooms open and the news shows on the air. That was a fine piece of bravado, but it reflects reality rather poorly. Is this the way Quebec will make broadcasting policy? By requiring companies to operate at a loss?

TQS loses $1.4 million a month, the new owners say. Its big problem has been a lack of hit shows; the owners claim the money saved by the cuts will be re-invested in cultural programming and high-quality entertainment. If they mean it, that does sound like a business strategy, at least.

It would not be reasonable for the CRTC, or anyone else, to demand that a private company keep losing money. On the other hand, the CRTC gave TQS a licence on condition that it maintain a robust news operation. Letting the company off the hook is not exactly a recipe for sound governance, neither in this case nor in the future. That's a dilemma with which the federal cabinet, which can over-rule CRTC decisions, might have to grapple soon.

Such issues are complicated and important. They should not be decided by a National Assembly stampede. And they should certainly not be devolved from the federal government to those who will be tempted to use such powers for ideological ends or for social engineering.

© The Gazette (Montreal) 2008

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