Four federal byelections are being held today, including two in the Toronto ridings of Willowdale and Toronto Centre. The Liberals are considered to have the edge locally, where the Conservative “We Loathe Toronto” campaign of the last two years hasn’t been as well-received as hoped. Happy St. Paddy’s Day and remember to get voting before you get drinking.
Conrad Black’s son, Jonathan, 30, has been charged with failing to stop after an accident, driving while under suspension, careless driving, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance following a car accident on Thursday. Community leaders are calling for an enquiry into the unusually high rates of arrest and incarceration among Black males.
Rioting against Chinese rule in and around Tibet over the last few days has now taken less than forty or more than a hundred lives, depending on who you believe. Tibet’s tactful spiritual leader the Dalai Lama noted that “whether intentionally or unintentionally, some kind of cultural genocide is taking place,” which is kind of like saying, “whether intentionally, or unintentionally, the Summer Olympics are taking place in Beijing this year.”
In today’s most important news story you don’t care about, Bear Stearns, one of the oldest investment banks in the U.S., has avoided bankruptcy by being sold to J.P. Morgan for $2 a share. The deal was underwritten by the U.S. government with money they don’t have, so look for the U.S. dollar to continue to plunge, the Fed to continue to panic, and small investors to continue to bend over and say, “please, sir, may I have another?”
Toronto police arrested some thirty people in a drug raid on after-hours club Comfort Zone around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Police claimed they found a variety of drugs in what they called a “routine sweep,” while club management said they didn’t sell any drugs, never heard about any drugs, and if there were any they were holding them for a friend who said it was allergy medication.
A Sundins-less Leafs took a 6–2 beating from Buffalo on the weekend, sending them into the zombie zone where they’re clearly dead but just keep on skating anyway.
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