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Metro Snapshot: June 17, 2008

A new chapter in Penny Boudreau's life, new nuclear in Ontario, new oilsands developments in Alberta, a new book for Michael Moore, a new trophy for Tiger Woods, new trouble for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan, new threats from Robert Mugabe, and new hope for Germany at the Euro 2008. <span style="font-weight: bold">To find out what's new today</span><strong>, <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/metrosnapshot/article/70456">read the Metro Snapshot</a>.</strong>


In Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Penny Boudreau made her first court appearance on charges of first-degree murder in the death of her 12-year-old daughter. Dozens of people crowded outside the town's
courthouse shouting and swearing at Boudreau as police
escorted her into a waiting cruiser.

The Ontario government announced it will build Canada's first new nuclear reactors in 15 years alongside the existing Darlington nuclear plant less than 70 kilometers east of Toronto. The two new reactors are not scheduled to be ready for 10 years and the government was unable to say how much they will cost. A 29-year-old man in Saskatchewan was killed and his mother injured when they were struck by lightening.

A new report said that Alberta should not approve as many as six more oilsands upgraders near
Edmonton until the province has a solid plan to limit the huge amount
of fresh water they will use and to better manage the pollution they
will produce. Together the upgrades would consume 10 times as much water as the City of
Edmonton each year and spew 45 megatonnes of greenhouses gases - the
equivalent to an amount produced by 10 million vehicles, the report
says. An RCMP informant testified in an Ontario court that youth members of an alleged terrorist conspiracy were
essentially dupes with no idea of the murderous scheme unfolding in
their midst
.

Taliban fighters reportedly seized a handful of villages and were rumoured to be seeking a bigger target: Kandahar city. Canadian soldiers were playing a major role in keeping the rebels from advancing, but they were being blocked by bombed out bridges and scattered landmines.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in the Middle East for a joint meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Reports in the Iranian media said that 32 clothes shops and hairdressers had been closed in several Tehran neighbourhoods as part of a crackdown to enforce rules on Islamic dress. Police were reportedly also stopping cars and pedestrians in the street looking for women
and men who do not abide by Iran's strict Islamic dress code.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, campaigning for re-election in a presidential
run-off June 27, warned he would not cede power to western-backed
opponents. "We shed a lot of
blood for this country," Mugabe was quoted as saying. "We are not going to give up our country for a
mere X on a ballot. How can a ball point pen fight with a gun?
" Towns along the Mississippi River in Iowa remained braced for floods.

Rome's diocese said Monday it has barred the producers of "Angels &
Demons" from filming
in two churches for the prequel to the "The Da
Vinci Code." Michael Moore announced his new book, "Mike's Election Guide," will be released in August to coincide with the national political conventions.

Tiger Woods won the U.S. Open championship despite an injured knee, and Germany advanced to the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

 
 
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