It appears that the world didn’t come to an end and that means I am back with the roundup. Fun stuff! Since the holidays I haven’t exactly gotten into the full swing of following the news again so this might be a little light this week.
- Ontario public elementary school teachers’ union members have planned a strike for this Friday. McGuinty made an announcement tonight that he will be asking for the protest to be ruled illegal. The liberal party is a bit of a sinking ship right now… Wonder what party leader candidates will say/do about this.
- The Idle No More movement has picked up steam. Wab Kinew wrote an article explaining how it “… Is Not Just an “Indian Thing.” Chief Spence is still on her hunger strike and has stated that she will not be meeting with Harper on the 11th unless the Governor General David Johnston is attending.
- Harper announced $250m over 5 years for the auto sector… What actually ends up happening with that money? Is it just a carrot to help keep jobs in Canada?
- The NHL is back. Blah blah blah. My dad and I are going to refrain from watching any games this year – how dare they treat their fans the way they did. (In case you haven’t caught on, pops and I aren’t really hockey fans… so…)
- Christine Nesbitt’s a champ and continues to dominate the speed skating season.
- Sounds like the flu is going to be really bad this season. Massachusetts reported 18 deaths from the flu already. I survived a case of H1N1 or the more affectionate name “swine flu” a couple seasons back. Hoping I won’t catch the bug this time round. *knock on wood*
- Around 12 killer whales are trapped in ice in Quebec. There’s a pretty tragically beautiful video here.
- There has been a change in the guidelines for pap smear tests. Advising tests start at 25 as opposed to 18.
- Ontario nursing home resident was trapped in an elevator for over 24 hours on Christmas Eve. Terrible.
- In Iceland names have to be approved by the country. An Icelandic girl named Blaer is suing to legally use her name instead of “Stulka” which means girl.
- Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is awesome and proves it by 1 being in space and 2 his twitter.
- Sarah Polley won the Best Canadian Film Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association for Stories We Tell. I’m hoping to see this film sometime soon! Check out the trailer below…
- The Human Media Lab at my alma mater, Queen’s University, has developed PaperTab. Check it out, it’s pretty freaking cool.
- Invisible drive-thru prank…
- Walk of the Earth did a Taylor Swift cover and it’s rad.