Archive for November, 2008
Friday, November 28th, 2008
Ottawa says one Canadian is among the 143 people killed in Mumbai, India, where gunmen raided 10 sites on Wednesday. Foreign Affairs won’t name the Canadian fatality, even though their next of kin has been notified. 2 other Canadians who injured in the attacks are okay. One woman was treated and released from hospital. Another man, remains in stable condition in a Mumbai hospital.
Less than 7 weeks after the last federal election, a showdown is shaping up in the House of Commons. Monday is when the 3 opposition parties vow to vote against the Harper government’s fiscal update. The document proposes to drop public funding for political parties, while waiting until next year for a spending package to stimulate the economy. If by the way, the government falls, the opposition is talking about forming a governing coalition.
Well, better make sure you’ve got yourself a blue-tooth device, if you like to drive and talk. The province, as promised has introduced a new bill which will ban people talking on hand held cell phones when driving. It also outlaws smoking in a vehicle when kids are present. Premier Gary Doer says they decided to go ahead with the ban, after a number of serious incidents on roadways.
There was a big police take-down in the Maples yesterday. A bungalow was one of several properties raided by cops, as part of a long term investigation. Now so far, police are keeping very tight lipped about what went down, or what they were looking for. But sources say drugs and cash were some of the items seized, and several people were taken into custody.
Thursday, November 27th, 2008
The Mounties say members of the Hells Angels are being seen, flashing their colors all over town in Steinbach. And one local businessman says he’s seen more vandalism, shoplifting and drugs lately. Barry Nast says he’s started a petition demanding more police officers and has so far collected hundreds of signatures. Since April of this year, police have busted 18 people for selling drugs like cocaine and LSD in the town southeast of Winnipeg.
The lawyer for the McLean family says it borders on being “evil.” Jay Prober is really upset with a YouTube video featuring wisecracks about the beheading of Greyhound bus passenger, Tim McLean, last summer. Toronto based comedian Darren Frost, jokes about the circumstances of the slaying in his video. He defended the skit saying he wasn’t making fun of McLean, rather the media coverage surrounding the incident. Regardless, the video was pulled from the web site yesterday.
The Harper government will unveil their fiscal update today, and guaranteed it’s gonna ruffle the opposition’s feathers. While it will contain some spending cuts, sources say the Tories will also propose killing the taxpayer subsidy for federal political parties. The move would save the government about 30 million every year. But, it would badly hurt the opposition parties, which rely on that subsidy for more than half their funding.
And, no one had the winning ticket for last night’s 16 million dollar jackpot in lotto 6-49. That means, the jackpot for this weekend’s draw will be around 25 million !