The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Drought - Corn crops in parts of Ontario, the rest of Canada and the U.S. may have to be destroyed if the July drought continues. Parts of Illinois and Indiana have had almost no rain since April. Many farmers are considering or already have mowed down fields and used under grown crops as forage for cattle. This will lead to higher food prices.
4. RIM - While continuing to face challenges in the highly competitive tech industry, the Waterloo Blackberry maker took positive initiatives this week by addressing investor and consumer concerns directly. (Mostly consumer.) Thorsten Heins and others were making the rounds in the media promoting a brighter future and asking for faith in their product and practices.
3. Gas Plant Relocation - Energy Minister Chris Bentley announced this week the relocation of a gas power plant from Mississauga to Sarnia. The announcement and abrupt cancellation of the Mississauga plans were an election issue. The cost of the relocation is estimated at $180 million.
2. Copyright Ruling - A ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada effectively modernized Canada's copyright laws. The ruling recognized more flexibility within the laws and is thought to generally benefit the public (educators and students especially) while those who collect fees on behalf of creators opposed the new standard.
1. Local Tragedies-Teen Murder-Pool Mishap-Head-On Crash - It was a tough week for Niagara. More on each story is available from 610CKTB by clicking on any of the above headlines.
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...Maybe the weather is too hot and too dry but that certainly helped one of 3 Friday the 13th celebrations this year in Port Dover. Steven Tyler officially left American Idol, while the Stones officially kicked off their 50th anniversary in the biz. The Taliban execution of a woman accused of adultery drew outrage around the world. Tom and Katie settled their divorce quickly, privately and secretively. Three more horses died after Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon races prompting activists to call for an end to the event. The National League won the All-Star game to gain home advantage in the 2012 World Series.
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