The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. NRP On Steroids – Niagara's new police chief Jeff McGuire has begun an internal probe after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested Niagara Const. Geoff Purdie in Buffalo in April with more than half a million in anabolic steroids and drugs. Steroid use among police officers in many jurisdictions is an issue according to a CBC report. Officer Purdie has been the subject of prior complaints.
4. Immigration Fraud – Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and his department have identified up to 3100 citizens who may have obtained their Canadian citizenship fraudulently. They plan to revoke those citizenships. As many as 8000 others have been called into question. In 2011 over 233,000 people applied to become Canadians.
3. Attack In Libya – Insurgents attacked a U.S. consulate in Benghazi killing 4 including American ambassador Christopher Stevens. An American film mocking Mohammed was initially said to be the cause but others feel it was a pre-planned Al Qaeda attack to coincide with 9/11. Libyan government officials apologized while violence erupted at U.S. Embassies in other Arab capitals. Obama has beefed up security in these areas.
2. iPhone5 – Apple's long awaited latest phone was unveiled at their center in San Francisco this past Wednesday. It is thinner, faster, lighter with a slightly larger 4 inch retina display screen. Upgraded software and a smarter Siri are part of over 200 improvements. It goes on sale in Canada September 21.
1. Ontario Teachers – Tuesday the Progressive Conservatives joined forces with the governing Liberals to pass Bill 115 by a margin of 82-15. The bill effectively freezes teacher's wages and removes previously bargained benefits. Teachers vowed to curb extra curricular and after school activities while union bosses say they will challenge the bill in court.
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...Longtime Alberta premier Peter Lougheed has passed at age 84. Lougheed was premier from 1971-1985 and began the Conservative dynasty that still reigns today. The NHL and their players seem no closer to a settlement as their current agreement expires Saturday, Sept. 15 at midnight. Commissioner Gary Bettman vows to lock out the players. Canada's chances at a World Cup Soccer berth dimmed this week after losing to Panama 2-0. The bullied Rochester bus monitor received her cheque Tuesday in Canada, over $703,000. Plans for a revamped Avro Arrow instead of F-35 jets were rejected this week. American department store chain, Nordstrom announced they will open at least 4 stores in Canada.
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