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Conservative government may be in breach of privilege: Milliken


The Conservative government may be in breach of privilege. House of Commons Speaker Peter Milliken ruled that after two separate events there is enough evidence to indicate a prima facie breach of privilege.

The first motion complains that the government is refusing to produce information to the House regarding its anti-crime agenda. The other criticizes International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda for having misled a Commons committee. 

Liberal MP Scott Brison says these incidents disrespect Parliament and are an insult to Canadians.


Lack of order ends CSU council meeting early


Students refusing to leave for a closed session caused Wednesday night’s CSU council meeting to be adjourned after less than two hours. When the topic of VP Sustainability and Promotions Morgan Pudwell’s recent resignation was reached, councillors voted to go into a closed session. They cited discussing HR issues as their reason. 

But the students in attendance refused to leave, stating they were worried about leaving Pudwell alone. Pudwell said she would not stay if the meeting went into a closed session. 

Do we need QuebecLeaks?

Quebec launched its own model of WikiLeaks Wednesday morning. QuebecLeaks allows Quebecers to anonymously submit and access compromising documents online.

Access to Information Minister Pierre Moreau, however, says he’ll be keeping an eye on the whistle-blower site. Moreau claims that sites like QuebecLeaks are unnecessary because, according to him, Quebec is the most open province in Canada.

Concordia student and WikiLeaks mirror host Nadim Kobeissi disagrees. Kobeissi, who is also a security software developer, says pushing for better government transparency is in the public’s best interest.

More complaints against Pudwell

More student reprsentatives are coming out with complaints against Morgan Pudwell. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, a group of councillors and senators from various student groups called Pudwell's priorities into question and her reasons for resigning as CSU VP Sustainability and Promotiones.

The letter focussed mainly on Pudwell's lack of leadership in the Women's caucus. It claims she didn't respond to emails in a timely matter and shirked her responsibilities. Pudwell had only organized one caucus meeting during her time in office.

To read the statement click here.

News March 9th 2011

Read by Gareth Sloan

Produced by Nikita Smith

Stories by Alina Gotcherian, Sarah Deshaies, Cassandra Keating, Michael Moore

The Link uncovers alleged collusion between Dabchy and CSU


Amine DabchyIn Concordia news, The Link has uncovered a story of collusion between former CSU president Amine Dabchy and current student union executives.

According to Cinema Student Association President AJ West, Dabchy is secretly working with the CSU to run a slate in the upcoming elections.

Researchers working on a guilt-free ice cream

For years, researchers have unsuccessfully tried to tinker with ice cream to create a healthy version of the classic treat. Their low fat and low sugar concoctions may have been better for the body, but they failed to impress the most important judges… people’s taste buds.

Fear not, health-conscious ice cream aficionados, hope may be on the way. Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia are in the final taste-testing process of their quote “multifunctional ice cream.”

Trial underway in dangerous driving case causing death

Photo courtesy of CTV

A trial is underway this week in the case of a young man accused of dangerous driving. The police say that speeding was a factor in a car crash that killed Cassandra Boone, 16,  over two years ago.

Her boyfriend Jacques Nicholas was 19-years-old when he was charged with dangerous driving. His Lexus slammed into a lamppost on a service road next to highway 40. Police say the car flipped over several times because of high speeds.

Nicholas attended a civilian eyewitness testimony on Monday with his mother.


Earthquake Kills Canadian Woman in New Zealand

New Zealand police have confirmed that  a French-Canadian woman was killed in an earthquake that shook their country last month. The quake had struck the city of Christchurch where the woman was vacationing.

New Zealand media says the woman was holidaying in the country with her sister and had planned to fly out a day after the quake. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada are unable to provide information on the woman due to the Privacy Act. They did however confirm the death of a Canadian citizen.

March 8th 2011

Read and Produced by Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo

Stories by Sofia Gay, Erica Fisher, Dominique Daoust and Aisha Samu.

Mastered by Gareth Sloan

Protest Outside The Link

There was a small protest outside The Link's offices Monday afternoon. Witnesses say those involved were calling for the resignation of newspaper editor Justin Giovanetti.

The roots of the protest are unclear. Some say the relationship between Giovanetti and Concordia Student Union councillor Lex Gill was in question.

Members of Concordia's Hillel were also in attendance. They reportedly believed the call for his resignation was due to a recent article in which he made negative comments about member Tomer Shavit. 

Man Dies Trying to Building Igloo

A Chambly man met his death while trying to build an igloo in his backyard. Yan Lavalliere was digging when the igloo collapsed on him.

His girlfriend’s five-year-old son was there to witness the accident. Relatives who were there tried to save him.

Police say they don’t know why the igloo broke down. They say he probably died from the amount of snow that fell on him. Officers were forced to shovel a lot to dig him out.

Lavalliere’s girlfriend hopes this accident will serve as an example for others. She says it's a dangerous activity and that it's not always children who are hurt, it's adults too.

That pint of beer is about to cost you a little more

Stock up on the alcohol while it’s still cheap.

Brewers are preparing for a raise in the cost of barley next year. Because of weather-related flooding in Canada and other countries, stores of barley crops have dropped.

Germinated barley becomes malt, a product used in beer, making it the second biggest cost for some brewers. Poor-quality barley will make it difficult for brewers to meet demands and produce quality products.

Dabchy responds to Pudwell's accusations

Morgan Pudwell’s resignation letter has caused quite the controversy. The former Vice-President Sustainability and Promotions of the Concordia Student Union reveals her opinion about certain issues.


Sarah El Fangary

When So Real Radio was pitched to CJLO originally it was meant to feature Brandon Calder and then co host Draga Sfetsios. At the last moment the boys decided to add another piece to an already great concept and so began the journey of Sarah El Fangary at CJLO.

March 7th 2011

Read by Correntine Rivoire

Produced by Gareth Sloan

Stories by Sarah El Fangary, Marcin Wisniewski, and Correntine Rivoire

Afghanistan Rejects a US Apology for an Air Strike

On Sunday, Afghani president, Hamid Karzai, rejected a US apology for a NATO helicopter strike.  On March 1st, a NATO air strike killed 9 civilian boys. The oldest of the boys was 12 years old.  NATO has also apologized for the mistaken killings.

Bachand: Budget will be Responsible

Finance Minister Raymond Bachand announced that the Quebec government will table a new budget on March 17.  Bachand says the budget will be a responsible one.  He says It will control debt, while protecting health and education. The government says it is on  target to return to a balanced budget by 2014.

 Bachand boasts 125 000 jobs created in the last 18 months without any increased tax burden for Quebecers.

Canadians warned to leave Yemen now

In International news, the violent protests demanding the stepping down of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have gotten the Canadian Departement of foreign Affairs worried . The Departement urged all Canadians to leave Yemen as soon as possible. It has insisted that canadians in Yemen should avoid all crowds that could get violent without warning. There has been one death on Sunday in a clash between government supporters and protesters. Another four soldiers of the government forces were killed by a suspected Al Qaeda gunmen in rural Yemen.

March 4th, 2011

News read by Jessica MacDonald and produced by Erica Bridgeman.

Stories written by Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo and Chris Hanna.

BC NDP leadership race split by social media


The NDP leadership race in British Columbia has turned sour over disagreements about social media. The party’s social media policy dictates candidates must hand over passwords for social media sites. Candidate Nicholas Simons has refused. He says the demand is an invasion of privacy.

CSU VP Sustainability resigns

The CSU’s VP Sustainability and Promotions has resigned. Morgan Pudwell sent a three page resignation letter via e-mail late Thursday night.

She listed four reasons for the departure. Among them was the allegation of potential financial mismanagement. She pointed to a recent financial update that showed almost every budget had been overdrawn. 

Man charged with mischief after incident at Montreal airport

One man will be charged with mischief after he and another were arrested at the Montreal Trudeau Airport on Thursday. 

Police constable Anie Lemieux said an object resembling an explosive device was found in their luggage, but the object was harmless.

The two men were at a security checkpoint in the international departures area. The incident happened around 5 a.m. and caused some delays to international flights.

The two men are 43 and 73 years old. The younger one is being charged with mischief and the older one has been released. 

Landmark Montreal eatery may close its doors

It’s the end of an era. Middle Eastern fast-food restaurant Boustan on Crescent may soon be closing its doors.

Owner Imad Smaidi has put the place up for sale after running it for 25 years, because his sons do not want to continue the family business. 

The bustling place opens from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. and serves everyone from students, to homeless people, to celebrities go to Boustan. Smaidi has a picture with the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau in the restaurant from the last time the Prime Minister ate there.

Smaidi hopes the new owner will keep the restaurant going. 


News March 3rd 2011

Read by: Joel Balsam

Produced by: Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo

Stories by: Jacqueline Di Bartolomeo, A.J. Cordeiro, Alina Gotcherian and Jessica Macdonald