One of the four cattle that escaped on the QEW yesterday morning was shot by police after making a suicidal charge at armed officers. Friends of the dead steer were baffled, saying that he had his whole life ahead of him and was looking forward to weeks of close confinement before having a bolt fired through his forehead.
Turns out the jump in property taxes for Toronto homeowners is going to be even higher than expected, coming in at an average of over 4% instead of the 3.75% earlier announced. With regard to his earlier commitment to keep property tax increases to the rate of inflation, Mayor David Miller said that he would instead be looking to increase the rate of inflation to keep up with property taxes.
The Department of Defence is red-faced after blueprints to the building that will be home to the anti-terrorism Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit were found sticking out of a trash bag on an Ottawa street. Officials defended the apparent security breach by pointing out that going through people’s garbage is “just gross.”
The official Chinese Xinhua news agency, which originally denied that any pro-Tibet protestors in Sichuan had been shot, said yesterday that four people had in fact been killed by military gunfire. Later, not liking the sound of that story either, the news agency decided to split the difference with a revised claim that four protestors had indeed been shot, but were only wounded. Sources say the final facts in the case will probably not be invented until early next week.
Singer Seal got into it with paparazzi in L.A. this week after one of them tried to shake his hand, calling them “cockroaches” and “scum” and saying they had ruined his life. It’s often been said that being rich, famous ,and married to Heidi Klum all mean nothing compared to the pain of being photographed leaving a restaurant.
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