The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Torso Found, Niagara River – Thursday afternoon authorties pulled a woman's torso out of the Niagara River near the Rainbow bridge. They were quick to say that it had no connection to the recent Toronto body parts case. So far police believe the homicide victim is a white middle-aged female.
4. Hurricane Isaac – The tropical storm was upgraded at the beginning of the week and hit the Gulf Coast Wednesday on the 7th anniversary of devastating Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans suffered some flooding but not nearly the destruction of 2005. The storm was quickly downgraded after a day of rain and high winds.
3. Trash The Dress – A young Quebec woman drowned last weekend while being photographed floating in a river in her wedding dress. Married June 9th, she was taking part in a recently popular phenomenon where new brides get their pictures taken while trashing their wedding gowns. Debates about this practice ensued.
2. Canadian Senator, Young Wife – 69 year old Liberal Senator Rod Zimmer made news this week when his 23 year old wife was arrested for causing a disturbance on an airplane and threatening the safety of the aircraft. The latter charge was withdrawn, the two were legally barred from being with each other, and attention was brought to this unusually wide age gap in a marriage.
1. Teachers Protest – Thousands of Ontario teachers gathered at Queen's Park to protest the early fall session where Dalton McGuinty hopes to pass a bill which would freeze their wages and remove some of their benefits. Though the school year was never in jeopardy they challenge the legality of the bill and vow to fight it to the Supreme Court of Canada.
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...In U.S. Politics the GOP held their convention in Tampa as Isaac battered them with wind and rain. Mitt Romney was officially declared their presidential candidate. A jury ruled in favor of Apple in their battle against Samsung for patent and design infringements awarding Apple $1.05B. The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, passed at age 82 due to complications after heart surgery. St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre estimates came in at $10M over budget. We saw a surge in local West Nile virus cases. Scotiabank spent $3.1B to buy ING Direct Canada, while all 5 major Canadian banks reported huge profits for the quarter. Malls see one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year as everyone prepares for back-to-school.
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