The 5 Things We Learned This Week
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5. Fearless Felix – At the beginning of the week the buzz was Sunday's free fall space jump by Felix Baumgartner. Sponsored by Red Bull, this daredevil went 23 miles up to the edge of space and jumped out of a pressurized capsule, free falling for over 4 minutes before deploying a parachute, and landing tenderly on earth, near his starting point in the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico. Allegedly there was some scientific benefit to the stunt.
4. Bullying – The world mourned another tragic teen suicide as a result of bullying. 15 year old B.C. teen Amanda Todd posted a tragic video then took her own life last week. A national anti-bullying strategy was called for while vigils and tributes were held all around the world. The hacker group Anonymous twice claimed to out her tormentor and 610CKTB ran a 2 hour radio forum discussing the subject.
3. Lance Armstrong – Not a great week for the disgraced cyclist. On the same day he stepped down as chair of his own Livestrong Foundation (he will continue to serve on the board) Nike dropped him. It was just over a week ago that the USADA issued their scathing report on Armstrong's doping practices. At that time Nike has offered a statement of support.
2. NHL Lockout – A glimmer of hope this week when the NHL put a firm offer on the table for the players. The NHL took the unprecedented step of publishing the complete offer on their website. Within a day the players (NHLPA) counter offered and were rejected by Commissioner Gary Bettman and the ownership. Accepting the deal might have seen NHL hockey resume November 2nd.
1. McGuinty Steps Down – In a move that caught many by surprise, Dalton McGuinty stepped down Tuesday as Liberal leader and Ontario premier. He also prorogued the provincial legislature which canceled all business before it. 132 bills will likely not see the light of day. McGuinty called for a leadership convention ASAP and it will likely be the new year before government business resumes. Many feel an election is looming.
AND WHAT ELSE DID WE LEARN THIS WEEK...? The CRTC rejected Bell Canada's bid to takeover Astral Media, the parent company of 610CKTB. Bell asked the Federal Cabinet to intervene in the decision but they said they would not. Distinguished politician, who served as Canada's 24th Lt. Governor from 1985-1991, Lincoln Alexander passed away Friday at age 90. Troubled Alberta meat processor XL Foods will be taken over by a Brazilian firm and managed by its U.S. subsidiary. Canada's men's soccer team was embarrassed by the Honduras 8-1 in World Cup qualifying resulting in the resignation of our national coach. Pakistani school girl activist Malala Yousafzai recovers from bullet wounds to the head and neck in a British hospital under heavy security. Loblaws announced it would cut 700 jobs, mostly at head office. Beyonce was announced as the half-time entertainment at the Super Bowl.
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