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Extra, Extra: Rob Ford Encounters an Elevator, Conservative MP Makes a Joke, and You Might Be Better Off in a City

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  • In a scene with certain undertones of Spinal Tap, people who’d gathered at the Hilton Hotel today to hear a speech from Mayor Rob Ford waited more than an hour for him to appear—apparently because he spent a good 45 minutes stuck in an elevator. Not all audience members stuck around long enough to hear Ford’s address to the Economic Club of Canada: after an extended period of time had passed with no explanation for the delay, some people just turned their backs on their $89 seats and left.
  • Conservative MP Mark Adler (York Centre) was just trying to be funny. He was just being “tongue-in-cheek,” he says, when he stood behind barricades at the Western Wall in Jerusalem earlier this week and asked a Harper aide to let him pass by yelling: “It’s the re-election! This is the million-dollar shot!” All in all, a helpful reminder that anything tongue-in-cheek is always hilarious and in good taste. (That last sentence being a case in point.)
  • Are you a city-dweller who dreams of moving out into the country, perhaps because life in the country is healthier, as well as less traffic-jammed? You might want to revisit that idyllic vision of healthy rural living, because it seems that urbanites “are often in better shape and live longer than their rural counterparts.” That’s what the available data appear to show, at least. Of course, they also suggest that while you’re busy living longer in a city, you’ll probably also be suffering from asthma, allergies, and dry eye.

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