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City police say a man was killed by a CN freight train this weekend.  It happened early yesterday around 4 a.m., on Taylor Avenue.  So far the man’s name has not been released, and police continue to investigate.

 

A pilot and passenger of a small plane weren’t hurt after engine trouble forced them to make an emergency landing on a Manitoba marsh.  Police say the privately owned plane was on a day trip from Winnipeg to Whiteshell Provincial Park, when it experienced problems on the way home.  The pilot had to make an emergency landing in the marsh, and while the plane was equipped with skis, police say it quickly got bogged down.  Transportation Safety Board officials are now investigating.

 

An NDP member of the legislature says she’s calling it a day.  Marilyn Brick, who represents St. Norbert, says she won’t be seeking re-election in this October’s provincial vote.  She’s apparently decided to pursue other interests.  Brick has represented the riding since 2003.

 

The feds say since last year, this country has welcomed the highest number of immigrants in over 50 years….more than 280 thousand in fact.  Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says the new Canadians will help the country’s economic recovery.  But a spokesperson for the Canadian Council of Refugees says these kinds of numbers are actually hurting other kinds of migrants, like refugees and family members having to wait a long time to be reunited with their families.

 

Well it turns out that laughter is the way to get over “Bieber fever.”  Adam Sandler and Jenn Aniston’s new flick, “Get Over It,” took in 31 million dollars this weekend taking top spot at the box office.  It just barely edged out the “Never Say Never,” docu-movie about Justin Bieber.  The animated love story, “Gnomeo and Juliet” opened up in third.

 

A spokesperson for Elizabeth Taylor says the Oscar winning actress is likely to spend another few days in Los Angeles hospital, while being treated for congestive heart failure.  The 78 year old Taylor is resting comfortably apparently, and a number of family and friends have come to visit.

    

New report this morning says those energy drinks…..well they’re under studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens.  Doctors say those dangers include heart palpitations, seizures, strokes and even sudden death.  The bad effects are caused mostly by too much caffeine or similar ingredients. 

 

A new study this morning shoots down the value of opinion polls.  It comes 75 years after the first “scientific” political surveys accurately predicted the outcome of the 1936 U.S. Presidential election.  Some pollsters say politicians and pundits have become slaves to public opinion….and have even made policy decisions based on poll results. 

 

She’s affectionately known as Hurricane Hazel.  This country’s longest serving mayor, Hazel McCallion is sure to get some red roses on Valentine’s Day today, as she’s celebrating her 90th birthday.  The people of Mississauga, Ontario have had a love affair with Hazel since 1978 and she won her 12th term as Mayor last fall.  By the way, Hazel still keeps a pair of skates and a hockey stick in the trunk of her car, just in case she decides to join a pick up game.

 

And at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night……Canada’s own, Neil Young finally took home a statue for his music.  But, Justin Bieber was shut out in the best new artist category.  And  Montreal rockers, Arcade Fire pulled off the shocker of the night…taking home album of the year honor’s.

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