The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Baseball Playoffs – Nothing like October baseball and the quest for the World Series. A very disappointing year for the Blue Jays as they finish well out of the race even with an extra wild card team included for the very first time. Tigers' 3rd baseman Miguel Cabrera won the batting triple crown (leading in home runs, RBI's and batting average), a feat not accomplished since Carl Yastrzremski in 1967.
4. Contempt At Queen's Park – The Ontario legislature voted this week to proceed on possible contempt charges against Energy Minister Chris Bentley based on the cancellation of power plants by the McGuinty government. A committee decision is expected by Nov. 19/12 and if found in contempt of the house, Bentley could face anything from fines to jail time.
3. Omar Khadr – Last weekend, and somewhat unceremoniously, convicted terrorist Omar Khadr was returned to Canada from incarceration at Guantanamo Bay. Khadr was eligible to return last year and has been at the center of much political, social and ethical debate. His sentence is up in 2018 but he could be eligible for parole as early as next year.
2. Justin Trudeau – Media confirmed it last week but this past Tuesday night Liberal MP Justin Trudeau made it official, declaring his intention to run for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. The convention will be next April and he is thought to be a shoe in. Trudeau immediately traveled to Calgary where some of his father's politics were least popular.
1. Meat Recall – The largest beef recall in Canadian history continued to grab headlines this week as the list of possibly tainted products rose to 1500. Alberta's XL Foods has been completely shut down and debate centered around the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, it's delay on recalling the beef, and have funding cuts undermined its ability to do a proper job?
...AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...It's Happy Thanksgiving for Canadians. Meanwhile, the first American presidential debate saw a lacklustre performance from Barack Obama with challenger Mitt Romney declared the debate winner. The NHL canceled 2 weeks of the regular season with no new talks in sight. The remains of Albert Chretien were found in the Nevada wilderness, the B.C. man who went missing in March 2011 trying to find help for he and his wife. She survived. McGuinty's public sector wage freeze bill continued to cause debate. Turkey fired upon Syria escalating tensions in the region. Seth MacFarlane was announced as host of the Oscars this February.
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