Two University of Toronto researchers who’ve been studying teen text messaging say that not only is the medium not wrecking the English language, but may actually herald a linguistic renaissance as teens re-learn words like “shall” and “must.” After reading months of teen text conversations, the lead linguist reported that she “was able to gain access to a world that most middle-aged academics never get to,” which is interesting and a little creepy.
The RCMP say that drug dealers are using Ontario casinos to launder their ill-gotten gains, depositing money into slot machines, then cashing it back out while remaining under the reportable $10,000 threshold. Criminal activity taking place around casinos? Stop the presses, people.
A 17-year-old from the Barrie area has been hit with several charges after being clocked travelling at 239 km/h in an 80 km/h zone. What’s that, Speed? You won’t get your licence back til your grandkids are driving?
The Globe reports that a hotline set up to allow people to leave anonymous tips on immigration infractions is being misused by people who don’t understand the system and who are often pursuing personal agendas. Example from a call log: “Caller would like to deport a couple of people from Canada and she would like the website address to fill out the proper forms. Advised caller that it is not her decision who gets deported. Caller does not care.”
Canada’s tanning industry is launching a publicity campaign against critics who say that the practice of lying under UV lamps is dangerous. It can’t be easy selling a service that has no useful purpose and also causes cancer.
Photo by nonstopflights.