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City Takes On Tree-Related Crime, Bernier Embarrassed But Secretly Proud, Myanmar Suffering

The Star reports that many nightclubs are flouting city bylaws by allowing patrons to smoke inside their premises. I wonder if that’s really the most pressing problem down in Toronto’s little Gomorrah on Richmond Street.
The city has chopped down nineteen healthy trees in a park near Don Mills and Leslie in a strategy designed to reduce teen loitering and drug dealing by making parts of the park more visible from the road. No malefactors will go unpunished when landscaping and law enforcement work hand in hand.
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier is in hot water with the opposition over an ex-girlfriend who had one-time ties to the the Hell’s Angels. Bernier has said that he had no idea of the woman’s criminal connections until after their breakup, and that Bob Rae was just jealous because he doesn’t get to date smokin’ hot biker chicks.
In Myanmar, the death toll from Cyclone Nargis could rise to over 100,000, in part because the ruling junta has been reluctant to allow international aid into the country. To make matters worse, a Red Cross ship loaded with desperately needed relief supplies sank over the weekend. If karma’s trying to punish Myanmar’s military rulers, it’s using way too blunt of an instrument. If you want to help, you can donate here or here.
Canada remains on top in the IIHF World Hockey Championships after embarassing Germany 10–1 in Halifax on Saturday, almost making up for the fact that there are no Canadian teams still playing for the Stanley Cup.
Photo by energeticspell.