Stock market volatility continued yesterday, with the TSX index adding a 194 point drop to a loss of about 10% in the last month. A spokesman for the Global Society of Plutocrats said that in spite of the burgeoning financial crisis, everything remains fine for the super-rich.
Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoiliti is still planning on taking a $5000 trip to a zoo conference in Budapest next week in spite of a City Hall ban on discretionary travel. While there he’ll be able to attend workshops on subjects of civic importance such as “Amphibian Ark” and “Supporting Zoos in Need of Assistance.” In Mammoliti’s defence, the trip was organized and approved way back in June when the city’s financial outlook was extremely rosy.
A website launched this week by a US graduate student shows evidence that Wikipedia is being used by politicians, including Canadians, as a vehicle for propaganda. WikiScanner shows the source of edits to the popular online encyclopedia, revealing that many of them originate from inside government departments, sometimes removing criticism or adding flattering information about politicians. Who’d have thought that an open reference source that can be changed by anyone with a keyboard and an agenda would be used for propaganda? Humans are so disappointing sometimes.
As part of Ontario’s new campaign against dangerous driving, drivers traveling more than 50km/h over the posted limit will be treated as street racers. Also, the planned purchase of a plane to aid in pursuits will ensure that Ontario becomes a prime source for totally awesome police chase videos.
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