Dalton McGuinty has said no to calls from health officials in London Ontario to raise the legal drinking age in Ontario to 21. Drinking at 19 has become a rite of passage for young people, like acquiring a driver’s licence or genital warts.
Three months after the Toronto District School Board voted to open an Afrocentric school, a board trustee is expressing concern over unusually high dropout rates among Portuguese, Hispanic, Somali, Persian, and Vietnamese students, and suggesting that these communities may need special help as well. The board is leaning towards an innovative plan that would see kids of all different backgrounds learning together in the same school.
The NDP will introduce a non-confidence motion in Parliament today, which will not be supported by the other parties and will fail. “We think what the Canadian people want from their leaders is more meaningless grandstanding,” said NDP leader Jack Layton.
Following elections in Zimbabwe last Saturday, there are rumours that 84-year-old President Robert Mugabe may be preparing to leave the country and turn power over to the opposition. The former national hero turned batshit-crazy dictator is presumably content with his legacy of creating ethnic and political chaos, forcing a million or more people into exile, and turning the breadbasket of southern Africa into an economic basket case.
And the Blue Jays lost their season opener 3–2 to the Yankees in New York.
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