Train Derailed, Iranians Un-Jailed, And Fashion Wants Tax Credits
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Train Derailed, Iranians Un-Jailed, And Fashion Wants Tax Credits

395436716_1386a0f590.jpgA CN train jumps the tracks in Kingston, delaying rail traffic between Toronto and Montreal/Ottawa. Nobody was hurt, but observers told reporters this in a tone of serious disbelief because thirty-two train cars went off the rails less than a thousand feet from Kingston’s passenger station, and apparently it was quite disturbing to see, what with the thousands of tons of out-of-control metal and all.
A Canadian soldier has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a soldier last August. The charges suggest that there was no intent but possible negligence in the shooting, which just sucks for the soldier on trial. Bad enough to be on trial for manslaughter, but on top of that, it’s the stupid kind of manslaughter.
An Iranian couple who tried to illegally immigrate to Canada to be with their son have been granted temporary residency permits after being held in a Texas jail. Which seems fair, considering that the Canadian government is probably just a little wary of American detention practices where its citizens (and family of its citizens) are concerned, at the moment.
Ontario fashion designers want fashion to be recognized as a cultural industry, and thus become eligible for government grants and tax credits. It is unknown whether MPP Cheri DiNovo’s resolution will include quotes from Stanley Tucci’s bitchy self-righteous speech about the power of fashion from The Devil Wears Prada, or quotes from Meryl Streep’s icy, superior speech about the power of fashion from The Devil Wears Prada.
North York megachurch the Prayer Palace, in response to a Toronto Star article detailing possible financial malfeasance, hires a PR firm and an auditor. The original article is here; equally interesting is an anonymous (and less than complimentary) review of the Prayer Palace’s service here. Noteworthy quote: “And the obvious expense of the clerical haberdashery in a church in the poorest part of Toronto was shocking.”
The Canadian Revenue Agency says they’ll have e-filing fixed by Thursday at the absolute latest. If you try to file before then, though, they’ll audit your ass, I bet. The guys at the CRA like a nice break just like everybody else, you know.
A Sunday rally in Nathan Philips Square in support of the Kyoto Protocol drew hundreds. For purposes of comparison, the May appearance of WWE Monday Night Raw at the Air Canada Centre has already sold 5,000+ tickets at a minimum price of $65 a pop. Which is kind of depressing, when you think about it, and that’s coming from somebody who likes wrestling.
And finally, the Raps win their third in a row while the Jays continue a miserable spring training.
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