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Metro Snapshot: June 16, 2008

The government of Nunavut was preparing to spend an extra $100 million on oil, the UN said that Saudi Arabia was going to increase production to lower the price of oil, Stephane Dion flushed out more details of his proposed tax on oil and other carbon emitting activities, and an environmental group was set to argue in court that the federal government is breaking the law by not introducing a plan to reduce our use of oil. <span style="font-weight: bold">To find out more about all of today's sticky situations</span><strong>, <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/metrosnapshot/article/69858">read the Metro Snapshot</a>.</strong>


Experts said that young people are the most accident-prone employees on Canadian job
sites and must be more closely supervised if companies hope to reduce
the disturbing number of injuries they suffer at work, and a 21-year-old man was outside a home in an Aboriginal community when he was shot dead by the RCMP according to the force.

Responding to attacks from the governing Conservatives, Liberal
leader Stephane Dion said he would get the Auditor General to monitor
the implementation
of his proposed carbon tax to ensure it is revenue
neutral. Lawyers for Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, were
going to court in an attempt to force the government to "comply with
the law
" by submitting a plan to meet Kyoto targets. The government of
Nunavut, which subsidizes fuel for its population, was facing an extra
$100 million budget hit
due to high fuel prices.

Meanwhile, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Saudi Arabia's king is ready to help restore soaring world oil prices to what he called more "appropriate" levels by increasing production. According to BP, global oil production fell last year for the first time since 2002.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai threatened to send troops into Pakistan following a prison attack that sent hundreds of suspected Taliban inmates spilling into the general population. "(If terrorists) come and kill Afghan and kill coalition troops it exactly gives us the right to do the same," Karzai said. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was reportedly considering a prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe said he would only hand over power to those who share his "party's ideology" and to "those who value the country's legacy," seemingly dismissing the results of a presidential vote in which he came second. A run-off vote is scheduled for June 27. Water running off of earthquake-formed lakes in China reportedly killed 55 people and caused another million to flee their homes.

The MMVAs happened, which means we have the winners and the photos. Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey accepted a year-long position as a theatre professor at Oxford University, and Jon Voight signed on as a recurring character on the upcoming seventh season of 24. Turkey earned a spot in the European Championship quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

 
 
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