Archive for January, 2011
Monday, January 31st, 2011
City police have charged a 28 year old man in connection with the stabbing death of a teenaged boy on Friday night. Investigators say the victim was involved in a minor dispute with several people inside a home, but was then followed outside by a man who police say allegedly stabbed him. 16 year old Cameron Walker later died in hospital. 28 year old Matthew Kransy has been charged with 2nd degree murder.
City fire crews had a tough time battling the cold when they had to put a house fire yesterday. A spokesperson said the extreme cold froze hydrants and other equipment. Fortunately, no one was home in the house when it went up in flames, but an apartment building next door was evacuated as a precaution.
A meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels today will take up the crisis in Egypt, where anti government protests are now into their 7th day. Several European countries, along with Canada and the U.S. are evacuating their citizens from Egypt and urging President Hosni Mubarak to end the crisis by implementing reforms. In Ottawa, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon says chartered planes could begin airlifting Canadians out as early as today.
MP’s get back at on Parliament Hill today after an extended holiday break. Tory House leader John Baird says while his party will introduce some new policies during this session, it will mainly just move ahead on existing priorities. But it’s the coming federal budget that could send voters to the polls. That’s expected sometime next month.
5 time Oscar winning composer John Barry has died. Barry’s family says he passed away yesterday in New York. The English born composer was probably best known for his music for a dozen James Bond films. Barry was 77.
The country’s MP’s get back to work today, after an extended Xmas break. There’s been a lot of election talk lately, with some parties making noise they’ll topple the minority Tory government if they don’t get what they want in the upcoming budget. All parties claim they’re ready if and when an election is called for this spring.
“The King’s Speech” was a big winner at last night’s Screen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles. The best actor trophy went to Colin Firth, and the movie also won for best overall cast. Natalie Portman took home best actress honors for “Black Swan.” And on the t.v. side, 89 year old Betty White won best comedy actress for “Hot in Cleveland” while Alec Baldwin won his 5th straight SAG award for best actor in a comedy series for “30 Rock.”
There’s word this morning that Prince William and Kate Middleton will visit Canada this summer. Newspaper reports out of London say the future heir to the throne and his bride will arrive in July, 3 month’s after their April 29th wedding. The couple will reportedly begin their 2 week visit on the east coast and end it in B.C. No word yet on whether a stop in Manitoba has, or will be, planned.
Friday, January 28th, 2011
City Hall is putting the brakes on a plan to ban smoking on the sidelines at soccer fields. Councillors voted in favour of the move last year, after a request by the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association. But now, city staff says the province should act to ban smoking at all outdoor athletic facilities.
Cops say a city man was attacked, tied up, beaten and briefly kidnapped before being tossed out of a vehicle during a recent robbery. The 49 year old man was walking to his parked vehicle when he was approached by a number of suspects. Police say he was forced into a vehicle where he was then bound and beaten, and then thrown out on the street. Officers say they have arrested a 26 year old man in the incident, but they continue to look for the other suspects.
South Africa’s surgeon general says former president Nelson Mandela has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital. The 92 year old Mandela had been in hospital for the past 3 days. So far, no one is quite sure why, as hospital officials will only say he was undergoing tests, and there was no need to panic.
The wonders of modern technology. A blind man will drive a car tomorrow during a demonstration at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. 33 year old Mark Riccobono has been blind since the age of 5….however, he says he’s confident he’ll make it around the track just fine.
So that frustrated Toronto Maple Leaf fan is off the legal hook after tossing waffles on the ice during a Leaf home game back on December 20th. Joe Robb was charged with mischief after that stunt, which was to protest the pathetic state of the Leafs. The Crown however decided to drop the charge, but, in exchange, Robb must perform some community service. Maple Leaf Sport and Entertainment has still banned the guy from all of its venues, including, the Air Canada Center.
Did ya see this one on t.v. ? That baby grand piano that turned up on a sandbar in Miami has been removed. It was actually put there by 16 year old Nick Harrington, who hoped the stunt might get him into a prestigious art school. But, authorities didn’t take to kindly to his idea of art, and told him he’d better remove or he’d be facing felony dumping charges.
Oh, how the tables have turned. The other night when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town….Defence Minister Peter McKay in a Q and A with him on stage, suggested that because California bordered with B.C. the two had a close relationship. Well, that’s obviously not the case as B.C. borders Washington….something Arnie was quick to point out. Well now it was his turn to goof, as last night during a speech in Montreal, Arnold said Canadian military personnel who have gone to fight in Iraq are hero’s. Well, just one problem with that….no Canadians have ever fought in the Iraq war….its’ always just been in Afghanistan.
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
A couple of Winnipeg city councilors are requesting stiffer penalties against the use of off road vehicles inside city limits. They say those penalties should include substantial minimum fines and the ability to seize the vehicles and put them up for auction. The request was prompted by the recent death of a Transcona man who had gone for an evening walk in a field behind his house, when he was hit by a snowmobile and killed.
2 people were injured in a multi vehicle crash in St. James last night. While police have not issued an official statement about the crash, reports at the scene say at least one of the injured was rushed to hospital with unknown injuries.
The battle to control bloodsucking bugs has prompted Mayor Sam Katz to reach out to the province. Katz says he is drafting a formal letter to Premier Greg Selinger about the growing problem, but won’t disclose what the city’s asking for. The move comes 2 weeks after Katz said the problem is dire enough to warrant a more co-ordinated response between all levels of government.
Well if you’re a big retail-discount kinda shopper……you’ve been really loving the news lately. Last week, we heard Target was coming to town. And now word is Wal-Mart plans to expand its supercenter concept to Winnipeg. The retail giant said it’ll work on opening 3 new supercenter stores here in town, at their Polo Park, St. Vital and Unicity location’s. No word on how long the projects will take.
Another slam of weather out in the U.S. Northeast today. Many schools are closed and for a 2nd day drivers are being warned of dangerous road conditions, while flights are being cancelled. The storm hit the region with an icy mix of snow and rain. It left over 300 thousand people in the Washington D.C. area with no power, and stranded thousands of passengers at airports in the area.
The country’s blood donor agency thinks it’s time the feds relax the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood. Canadian rules state that men who’ve had sex with men at least once since 1977 are banned from giving blood. The rule is of course meant to curb the risk of people contracting H.I.V. or AIDS. But a CBS spokesperson says the ban is obsolete and should be lifted.
Looks like the feds overshot their prediction of just how many Canadians would take advantage of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. When they brought in the stimulus program in 2009, they thought over 4.5 million Canadians would use it. Turns out though, only 3 million did. So, the program actually cost Ottawa almost 900 million less than they predicted. That being said however….a government official says don’t expect to see it back.
A cat owner in New Zealand will have a tough time “fixing” this problem. Michelle Curtis says she was furious to find out that her valuable pedigreed cat, which had gone missing and turned up days later, had been neutered. Curtis said she had been considering breeding her prized Siamese-Bengal cross, and she’s baffled as to who would just take a cat and get him fixed.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
After threats of cabs being pulled off the road…..a deal has been reached between taxi officials and the province, ensuring that won’t happen. The problem started when those mandatory safety shields had not been installed in all cars, like they were supposed to. Taxi officials said the plan they had made with the manufacturer on payments for the shields fell through….so, they didn’t put them in all cabs. However, the province has now brokered a deal where cab companies have a few month’s to pay the shields off.
Monday it was the province’s flood forecast…..yesterday the city. And officials are going even further in predicting serious flooding this spring. One spokesperson says the Red and Assiniboine rivers are likely to crest at the same time, creating what could be a very significant event for Winnipeg. Mayor Sam Katz says all citizens should be aware of the potential for a flood like the one in 1997.
Some inmates were forced from a minimum security jail near the city yesterday, after contractors hit and then ruptured a gas line into the facility. All gas lines to Rockwood Institution were turned off and inmates from 2 houses were moved to neighboring Stony Mountain until it was deemed okay for them to move back. Rockwood is 11 kilometers north of the city and currently houses some 129 inmates.
Michael Ignatieff is revving up the Liberal engines. Although the Opposition leader insists he’s not out to trigger a federal election, he did rally members of his caucus yesterday to get ready for Monday’s resumption of Parliament and a possible campaign this spring.
No word yet on how many Canadian vehicles might be affected by Toyota’s latest recall. The Japanese automaker announced this morning it’s recalling almost 2 million vehicles around the world….for various defects that may cause fuel leakage and other problems. Toyota does say the cars affected in North America are some of its Lexus I.S. and G.S. models dating back to 2006.
U.S. President Barrack Obama says America should invest more in education, research and technology and transporation. In his State of the Union speech to Congress last night, the president said the U.S. must be more competitive.
Here’s a story of hard-core Chicago Bears fans, who fired John Stone from his job at an Illinois car dealership when he refused to remove his Green Bay Packers tie. The firing happened Monday, the day after of course the Packers beat the Bears to advance to the Super Bowl. Since a media firestorm happened when the word got out….his boss has since relented and said Stone could come back to work. But, Stone is getting the last laugh as he was apparently offered a better gig at another dealership.
Some good news today concerning the ongoing recovery of Gabrielle Giffords. The Houston hospital treating the U.S. Congresswoman upgraded her condition last night from serious to good and said she’s ready to be moved to a rehab hospital today. Giffords was shot in the head and critically wounded in a January 8th shooting outside a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona. 6 other people were killed and 12 others wounded.
A U.N. meeting co-chaired by Prime Minister Stephen Harper begins today in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will help set spending rules for a 40 billion dollar fund to help mothers and children in developing countries. Harper and other G-8 leaders agreed to set up the fund last summer at their summit in Huntsville, Ontario.
More than 400 thousand people across B.C. have signed up to take part in an earthquake drill set for today. At 12 noon Winnipeg time today, radio stations across that province will sound the alarm, and thousands of people will dive under sturdy furniture for one minute. They’ll practice what to do if the so called “Big One” hits. Today’s date was chose because it’s the 311th anniversary of a magnitude 9.0 quake that hit B.C.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Manitoba’s Transportation Minister has stepped in to put at least a temporary stop to a dispute with a major cab company in town. Yesterday, Unicity Taxi threatened to pull its cabs off the road. That came after officials with the Taxi Cab Board said the company hadn’t complied with an order to have safety shields installed in its vehicles. Faced with a deadline of midnight last night, Unicity decided to pull their cabs off the road in protest. However, Transporation Minister Steve Ashton told the company last night that, the cabs may run without the shields for now.
Get ready for water…..and lots of it. Yesterday the province released its spring flood forecast and forecasters say there is a 1 in 10 chance of a repeat of the 97 flood of the century…which of course forced more than 20 thousand people from their homes. Meantime, the City is warning riverfront property owners not to make travel plans this spring, just in case the flooding turns out to be a worst case scenario. Mayor Sam Katz says about 800 Winnipeg property owners should be prepared to do some sandbagging. The Mayor also said everyone in the city should expect to be called upon to help out in some form of volunteer effort.
The finger pointing has begun in Russia following yesterday’s suicide bombing in Moscow that killed 35 people and wounded 110 others. Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev says airport officials must bear responsibility for the security failures. But airport management says Russian transport police were in charge. Prime Minister Harper and several other world leaders have condemned the attack.
The Academy Award nominations will be announced from Beverly Hills this morning, and 10 films will get the chance to win the best picture Oscar. “The Social Network,” has been getting all kinds of recognition, including critics awards and the Golden Globe for best drama. Other possible nominees include, “The King’s Speech,” “Black Swan,” “Inception,” and “Toy Story 3.”
C.N. rail trains will keep rolling right along this morning, now that a strike has been averted at the railway. C.N. and the Canadian Auto Workers union reached a tentative deal covering nearly 4 thousand workers last night.
Officials at a Phoenix hospital say surgery to close a hole in rocker Bret Michael’s heart was successful. A surgical team performed the procedure yesterday, and doctors say Michaels will stay in I.C.U. for a few days for observation. Doctors found the hole in Michael’s heart back in April when he was treated for that brain hemorrhage.
From the unbelievably sad but true file this morning…..a South Carolina woman has been charged with animal cruelty after being accused of hanging her nephew’s pit bull from a tree and then burning the dog’s body. Authorities say 65 year old Miriam Smith was upset because the dog had chewed her bible. Authorities say the woman called the animal a “devil dog,” and she worried it could harm other people and children.
Police in Sydney, Nova Scotia are trying to find out who posted an Internet ad listing a baby for sale. Police were notified by someone who saw the ad for a 2 month old boy for sale on the Kijii website. Officers tracked down the apartment where the parents and the baby lived, but the Mom and Dad knew nothing about the ad. Cops say it seems to be an unfortunate joke or hoax.
Monday, January 24th, 2011
Firefighters in Winnipeg found 2 different marijuana grow ops this weekend. Both began with fire crews responding to calls about house fires on Saturday. A 29 year old man was taken to hospital from the first home, and a 50 year old man was treated in hospital from the 2nd. In the first house, police say over 700 marijuana plants were found.
Police releasing a few more details today about why they spent hours watching and searching a home yesterday. A police spokesperson says an investigation involving the home has been ongoing. The tactical team helped them secure the home, where they were executing a warrant. A neighbor has said he saw several men being taken into custody in handcuffs.
Family and friends of a missing Winnipeg woman held a vigil over the weekend on the corner where she was last seen. Back on July 25th, 2008, Claudette Osborne called her sister from a hotel saying she was scared. She left the hotel and police know she made it to Selkirk Avenue and King street, but no one knows what happened to her after that. Family say they pray for an answer and also pray for other missing and murdered aboriginal women.
People who tightened their belts during the recession, may have found one thing they really enjoy enough to stick with….and it’s not good news for restaurants. A new study has found that more and more families are eating at home, and liking it. Now, for many, going out to eat is being saved or special occasions.
Stephen Harper marked his 5th anniversary as Prime Minister by listing all his government has achieved since they came into power. In a speech to party faithful yesterday, Harper said 5 years of minority rule has left this country more united, stronger, safer and more prosperous.
Toyota is tops for the third year in a row. This morning, the automaker reported it sold 8.4 million vehicles around the world last year…..just beating out G.M. for top global sales. It was a title that Detroit based G.M. held for 8 decades until Toyota grabbed it in 2008.
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life until the end. That’s according to his agent, who says the 96 year old LaLanne died yesterday due to pneumonia. If you remember, his workout show was a t.v. staple from the 50’s to the 70’s as he inspired viewers to trim down and pump iron. In recent years, LaLanne had put his name on a juicer and spent many hours flogging it on shopping channels around the world.
The B.C. court examining the country’s law against polygamy is about to hear from some women who want the law struck down. The women are involved in plural marriages, but insist they’re not being victimized. They argue it’s the law against polygamy that hurts them.
The province’s consumer affairs minister says enough with the unfair cell phone contracts. Gord Mackintosh says he plans on introducing a new law this spring which would hopefully regulate many aspects of cell phone contracts…..everything from those crazy cancellation fees to the length of the contract. Mackintosh says there is wide spread support for the province to get involved.
Friday, January 21st, 2011
Well we warned ya it was gonna happen. Drivers in Manitoba are feeling the gas pinch today as fuel prices climbed higher once again. About a month ago, the price per litre of regular, went up from 99 cents to 1.04. Now, the price at most station’s this morning is 1.08. You can take some solace in this news however….Manitobans are still below the average price in the country, which is a 1.13.
No surprise on this one. It’s been a busy month for claims adjusters at MPI. Spokesperson Brian Smiley says nearly 10 thousand collision claims have been opened during the first two weeks of January alone. He says several thousand of those are due to vehicles losing control on ice, or unable to stop because of excessive speed during bad weather.
Emergency crews have found the source of carbon monoxide that forced more than 80 children and staff from a Winnipeg daycare yesterday. Manitoba Hydro says the culprit was one of the heaters on the roof of the building that houses Peek-a-Boo daycare. Fortunately, the building’s new carbon monoxide detector went off, but, that did send 54 kids and 19 staff outside into the cold.
NASA has decided to add one more shuttle flight before the fleet is finally retired. Atlantis is due to blast off in late June to take supplies to the International Space Station. Discovery’s last flight is scheduled for late next month, and Endeavour’s final mission is set for April.
Today is the day that U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords is expected to leave a hospital in Tucson, Arizona. That’s where she’s spent the last 13 days, recovering from that gunshot wound to the head. Giffords will now be moved to a hospital in Houston, Texas to start a long program of rehab. Moving her to Houston would also allow her husband, Astronaut Mark Kelly, to resume his training at the Johnson Space Center.
Well relief appears to be on the way for air travelers who complain about intrusive security screening at airports. The International Air Transport Association predicts hassle free technology will do away with the need for searches and patdowns. The Association, which represents over 200 airlines around the world, says the technology is still being developed, but it will be available in just a couple of years time.
George Clooney says he has recovered from malaria, which he contracted earlier this month in Sudan. Clooney was in the African nation to support the impoverished area ahead of last week’s independence referendum. Clooney says the experience showed him how proper medication can turn the most lethal condition in Africa into a bad 10 days instead of a death sentence.
Former U.S. President George Bush senior, and top officials from his administration gathered at Texas A and M University yesterday to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Gulf war. About 3500 people including Gulf War veterans were on hand. The war, which began on January 17th 1991, was prompted by Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. The U.S. lead coalition drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait six months later.
Charles Manson follower, 63 year old Patricia Krenwinkel, has been denied parole by the California parole board. She’s one of 2 surviving women convicted in the Sharon Tate murders and won’t be eligible for parole again for 7 years. Krenwinkel was convicted along with Manson and 2 other female followers, in 7 1969 murders, considered among the most notorious crimes of the 20th century.
Within 3 month’s time, carbon monoxide detectors will become mandatory at a wide range of provincial buildings subject to annual fire inspections. Thanks to a change in the building code, places like schools, personal care homes, hospitals and jails will all require the C.O. detectors. The new law will go into effect April 1st.
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Sledders listen up ! Arctic Cat is voluntarily recalling more than 16 thousand snowmobiles because of a possible loss of control. The company says the front lower suspension arm can crack during use, which could lead to an accident. The company has received 13 reports of such cracking, but so far fortunately, no injuries or accidents. Consumers should immediately stop using the machines and contact a Cat dealer for a free repair.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or, simply known as GLAAD, has released its list of nominees for its 22nd annual awards. They include the lesbian family drama, “The Kids Are Alright,” the musical “Burlesque,” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” T.V. nominees include, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Modern Family,” and “Glee.”
The RCMP is holding a Canadian in custody in Edmonton on terrorism related charges. At the request of the FBI, the Mounties arrested a man yesterday on charges of conspiring to kill American soldiers in Iraq. The 38 year old Iraqi-Canadian is accused of supporting a terrorist ring that took part in several suicide bombings, including one that killed 5 U.S. soldiers in 2009.
The wheels of justice are turning against Arizona shooting suspect Jared Loughner. He’s been charged with trying to assassinate Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting rampage that killed 6 and wounded 13 others. And now, additional charges are likely. Meanwhile, Giffords recovery continues to amaze everyone around her. Doctors say yesterday she was actually able to stand and look out the window.
Former Haitian dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier has applied for a new passport. And, a spokesperson says he intends to leave his homeland as soon as he gets it. Last Sunday, Duvalier made a surprise return to Haiti after 24 years living in exile in France. But a Haitian official said Duvalier will face numerous criminal charges if he stays, and so now the former dictator has decided to leave.
City police have released composite sketches of 2 men accused of robbing former Blue Bomber, Dan Hucklak of his Grey Cup ring. Huclack had his 1984 CFL championship ring stolen while walking in the west end in November. Cops are now looking for 2 males, one described as black, 5 foot 10 inches and skinny, the other aboriginal, 6 ft. 4 inches with a heavy build.
Okay…..we all have that favorite pair of jeans right? You know the one’s that not only look good, but they feel good and….smell good? As an experiment, a University of Alberta student wanted to see how long he could safely wear the same pair of blue jeans without washing them. Josh Lay found out its 15 months. Although tests showed high counts of 5 types of bacteria in and on the jeans, readings were not high enough to be a health hazard. And what’s more the same result was found after wearing a pair of jeans for 2 weeks.
Well the Interlake school division is going ahead with a plan to install cameras on its school buses, this despite the province’s reluctance to get on board. Details still need to be hashed out, but the division’s transportation department is looking to add 2 safety cameras to a pair of its buses that travel on high traffic routes. They say it’s an attempt to provide photographic evidence to prosecute drivers who blow through stop signs that buses display during pickups and drop offs.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Mayor Sam Katz is moving forward on an election promise to hire more officers for the Winnipeg police service. Katz says he plans to table a motion today to hire an additional 58 officers……which would see 20 of them on foot patrols, 20 on the gang unit and 18 to staff another full shift of cruiser cars. If approved, the motion would still need to be voted on by full city council.
Don’t sound the alarm bells just yet !
Yesterday, North Dakota released a pretty scary spring flood forecast. But officials here say it may not hit this province as hard. Water Stewardship officials say what happens south of the border doesn’t necessarily carry over into Manitoba along the Red River. Plus, the Dakota’s have received much more snow than us so far this winter, and much will depend on the spring melt.
The actions of a Winnipeg newspaper carrier likely saved an elderly woman from freezing to death in the bitter cold yesterday. Henry Dueck was delivering papers around 5 a.m. when he saw what looked like a large bag of garbage outside a building. He went closer and found that it was actually a woman lying on the ground, very disoriented. He helped her get up and took her inside the building where she did live. The unidentified woman is apparently doing okay.
Toronto’s police chief admits he was overwhelmed by the strong turnout at yesterday’s funeral for slain police Sergeant, Ryan Russell. Thousands of police, firefighters and paramedics from across the country gathered to pay their respects to the family of Sergeant Russell. Also, the city’s landmark CN tower was lit blue last night in his honor, and as a tribute to Toronto police.
Prime Minister Harper admits that personally, he does favour the death penalty in some cases. But he assures Canadians he has no plans to resurrect debate on capital punishment, at least not in the next Parliament. Harper made the comments during an interview yesterday, in which he was pressed on what he’d do if his party managed to win a majority in the next election. Harper also commented on another hot button topic…saying he has no interest in ever reopening the debate about abortion. Abortion has been legal in this country since 1988.
It’s off the slammer once again for Motley Crue singer, Vince Neil. Prosecutors say he has decided to take a plea deal that will mean 2 weeks of jail time and 2 weeks of house arrest. They say Neil plead guilty to the charge of driving under the influence, and that he would begin serving his sentence in mid February.
A judge in Haiti is decided where former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier will be tried on charges that include corruption and theft. Duvalier, known as “Baby Doc,” was detained by police yesterday for several hours of questioning. He and his female partner made a surprise return to Haiti this week, after more than 2 decades in exile.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
A Winnipeg daycare worker is facing several charges after he allegedly sent an undercover cop numerous images and videos of child porn. Police say they made a connection with a suspect on a file sharing program last week. 28 year old Joel Daniel Stubson has now been charged with possessing, accessing, distributing and making available child pornography.
A city councilor who is visually impaired has asked for 45 thousand dollars so he can hire an assistant to help him to do his job. Ross Eadie says the assistant would translate documents into an audio program used by the blind, and would also help him get around at events outside of City Hall. Eadie lost vision in his right eye when he was hit in the face with a branch at the age of 9. 15 years later, someone hit him in the left eye, causing him to lose that vision.
It could be one of this country’s largest ever funerals for a slain police officer. About 10 thousand police, emergency services workers and the public are expected to attend a memorial today in Toronto for Sergeant Ryan Russell. The 35 year old was killed in the line of duty last week when he was run down by a stolen snowplow that he was trying to stop.
Well it may be frigid cold here today, but further east, Mother Nature is throwing Ontario a dog’s breakfast of weather today. Snow fell overnight, and now freezing rain is expected to hit later this morning, before cold weather and more snow returns tonight. If you are planning on flying east today, you just might want to call ahead to make sure your flight is on time.
Many Canadians are snuffing an upcoming election in the air, with the release of new campaign style ads and a new poll suggesting a very comfortable Conservative lead. The latest survey gives Prime Minister Harper and his Tories, 36 per cent support, and 8 point lead over the Liberals. The NDP is sitting well back at 15 per cent and the Greens are at 9.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given all the snow we’ve gotten as of late. The city has issued an overnight parking ban on all streets. That means cars parked on a street between midnight and 6 a.m. could be towed. The city says this latest clean up of the white stuff should take a couple of days at least.
Questions are swirling again today about the health of Apple CEO, Steve Jobs as he takes his second medical leave of absence in two years. In the past 10 years, the 55 year old Jobs has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant.