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Election Near, Investment Here, Seal Ban Fear

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Federal Liberal leader Stéphane Dion hints that Canadians may be ready for a federal election this fall. Still, Dion is hoping to receive a signed, notarized affidavit from every single Canadian of voting age assuring him that they are absolutely, 100 percent cool with having an election; otherwise it’s off.
The European Union’s environment commissioner has put forward a proposal to ban seal products from countries that “practice cruel hunting methods,” a move that would include products from Canada. Many people may agree with the EU’s position here but, without the great Canadian seal hunt, how else are we going to make snazzy vests like these?
Winnipeg police revealed that the 17-year-old who recently died after being hit with a taser was actually a suspect in a theft, and was carrying a knife. Don’t tasers have adjustable settings? If they’re gonna keep using them, maybe everyone can just turn their tasers down to, like, five-and-a-half.
Due to concerns over fraud, WestJet is discontinuing the credit card readers at its automatic check-in kiosks in Pearson Airport. Passengers were never required to use credit cards to check in, however, as one can use frequent flier numbers, reservation numbers, addresses or passports to get the job done, but that’s not nearly as exciting as having the chance of damaging your carefully cultivated credit.
Ontario is set to receive close to $7 billion from the federal government for infrastructure, it will be announced today. In Toronto, the cash is expected to be directed towards investments such as the Spadina subway extension and rail vehicles for the TTC (subways and streetcars). See, Mr. Dion? That’s how you prepare for an election in the fall.
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  • Ian

    “the cash is expected to be directed towards investments such as the Spadina subway extension”
    Really? Because the Globe article specifically says:
    “But a multimillion-dollar plan to extend the Spadina subway line into the Toronto area’s rapidly growing York Region will not be part of today’s announcement.”

  • Maneesh Mohindra

    Ian: The Star article I linked to did say: “Ottawa’s share of the more than $2 billion extension of the Spadina subway will be partly funded from the cash to be confirmed today.” So, that’s where I got it from. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

  • rek

    Yeah, give us the cash Harper, we promise we’ll vote for your party this time. *snicker*.

  • Ian

    Maneesh: I noticed that, and wondered who had the story wrong, since they are so obviously contradicting each other.

  • Patrick Metzger

    680 News specifically mentioned Spadina subway as one of the projects being funded.

  • Gauldar

    The European Union’s environment commissioner has put forward a proposal to ban seal products from countries that “practice cruel hunting methods,”

    This line confuses me. What makes some hunting methods more cruel then others? What exactly is the least cruel method of killing something, I mean, are these hunters waterboarding the seals before they kill them? I can completly understand if a species is being over-poached, but how does cruelty come into this matter?

  • Lands Down

    “Set phasers to stun”
    “Set tasers to stun”
    yup

  • RealityCheck

    There should be no fed funds for any Toronto project – no votes to be won by any party. So screw the city.
    As to Tasers – ban them. Too many criminals survive a tasering. Police should be outfitted with hollow points and Desert Eagle .50s Every suspect that gets hit will die, and people will show a wee bit more respect to the Eagle than to a plastic taser. Watch Boris’ scenes in Snatch for confirmation.
    Seriously though, Police need to stop arresting people. Don’t tell criminals to stop or drop the weapon. Just take them out. Outside of a George Romero movie, dead people have a 0% re-offender rate.

  • rek

    Time to install that killfile script.