Metro Snapshot: April 3, 2008

We cover presidential elections from the United States to Zimbabwe, federal politics from flag lowering to constitution opening, and musicians from Elvis Costello to Elvis Presley. To find out what you need to know today, <a href="halifax/metrosnapshot/article/35327">read the Metro Snapshot</a>.

Halifax led Canadian municipalities in an increase in the number of people commuting by transit, bike or foot but lagged behind in its percentage of visual minorities, which may be related to the challenges that immigrants face. The MacKinnon quadruplets finally came home.


The federal Conservatives say they won't re-open the constitution after one of their MPs suggested otherwise, nor will they lower the flag when Canadian soldiers are killed after the House passed a motion saying they should do so. Mixed-marriages were on the rise, while bullying, smoking, and TV-watching by high school students was on the decline.


Barack Obama said that if elected president he would consider giving Al Gore a cabinet position, and Robert Mugabe's party lost its parliamentary majority with the results of the presidential vote yet to be announced. France was expected to provide details of a commitment to provide combat soldiers for Afghanistan.


Elvis Costello collaborated with Elton John on a new song with a Canadian connection, and Elvis Presley had his record for second most number-one Billboard singles broken by Mariah Carey. The Beatles retained the number one spot.

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