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Metro Snapshot: April 16, 2008

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The RCMP raided the national headquarters of the federal Conservative party at the request of Canada's elections commissioner, while others were calling for an inquiry into the RCMP's involvement with undercover police provocateurs at last year's summit of North American leaders in Montebello Quebec. "Soldier's soldier" General Rick Hillier announced he's stepping down as Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) and two of Canada's largest retailers pulled plastic bottles that contain the controversial chemical bisphenol A in anticipation of Health Canada labeling it a dangerous substance.

Mohawk protester Shawn Brant warned Canadians to expect road and rail blockades on May 29th, and Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl said the protests could help educate the public. "Canadians need to know some of the specific problems facing First
Nations," Strahl said. "Most Canadians take it for granted: you turn on
the tap, have a glass of water and away we go. On First Nations
reserves that's not necessarily the case and that's why we need to fix
it."

Pope Benedict began his first papal visit to the United States hours after saying he is "deeply ashamed" of the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the American church. 60 people were killed in the deadliest bombings in Iraq since March 6. President George Bush planned to spell out a strategy on curbing greenhouse gas emissions while oil hit a new peak of $114 US a barrel. Angry, hungry Haitians continued to riot over high food prices, and Hillary Clinton said she would renegotiate NAFTA in her first 100 days on the job.

Nip/Tuck's AnnaLynne McCord will be part of a 90210 spin-off, and Mariah Carey bragged that she could fit into a pair of jeans she owned in grade 10. The Habs beat the Bruins 1-0.

 
 
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