Posted by: ~KC~ | June 2, 2008

Much Ado About…

well YOU tell me… what you think…

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Alma College alumnae reunite despite the intentional destruction of the once magnificent historical building. Read more here…

Perhaps the good news that can come out of this is that the youth of this city are actually protesting the decision of the courts to try the two teens responsible for the fire as teens, giving them protection and anonymity under the Young Offender’s Act, and only a slap on the wrists. Many want to see these kids tried as adults and pay for their actions.

I agree. You wanna play with fire… you gonna get burned.

Also, excitting news is there is a group that is working at restoring the Alma College Ampitheatre.  This outdoor ampitheatre had been neglected and grossly overgrown over the years… and it is the site of many May Flower ceremonies (graduation ceremonies).

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A province-wide ban on the cigarette displays, known as Power Walls (large product displays at point of sale), came into force this past weekend. Ontario legislation (click to read the article) now bans displays of tobacco products visible to customers, as well as in Québec.

The act notably targeted so-called Power Walls, the big colourful cigarette displays behind checkout counters that opponents say encourage impulse buys, especially among young people.

Retailers are permitted to display up to three black-and-white signs that inform customers that tobacco is sold in the store.

That’s a sharp change from days when cigarette companies would buy colourful display boxes for their brands to go behind shops’ counters. The idea is “out-of-sight/out-of-mind,” protecting children from what it deems as cigarette targetted marketing/advertising.

Ontario

Effective May 31, 2008, Ontario, along with Québec, will extend current restrictions to a complete ban on the retail display of tobacco products. The relevant subsection of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act specifies that, “no person shall display or permit the display of tobacco products in any place where tobacco products are sold or offered for sale in any manner that will permit a consumer to view any tobacco product before purchasing the tobacco product.” (Some exemptions are made for tobacconists, duty-free retailers and manufacturers.) Ontario survey data show strong and increasing public support for retail display bans: in 2006, 83% of Ontario adults agreed that “tobacco products should be kept under the counter so that they are out of sight of children and young adults” (OTRU 2007).

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The House of Commons will vote on Tuesday on whether or not Canada should be a safe haven for American soldiers deserters who’ve fled to Canada rather than serve in Iraq. The House of Commons votes Tuesday on a motion urging the government to allow deserters and their families to stay in Canada as permanent residents, as was done for the draft dodgers and war resisters of the Vietnam era.

During the Vietnam War, at least 50,000 draft dodgers and deserters came to Canada and were given the status of permanent residents by the government of Pierre Trudeau. In an era rocking with the rhythms of Woodstock and marching under peace symbols, they came to symbolize Canadian opposition to the war.

But four decades later, with Canadians fighting their own war in Afghanistan, the latest fugitives are fleeing an unpopular war, not the conscription of the 1960s.

There is no draft in the United States and each of these “resisters” enlisted voluntarily.

This comes on the heels of 25 yrs old Glass and former National guardsman was refused refugee status and is being deported back to the US. Also, 15 yrs veteran of the US Navy, Chuck Wiley, who deserted while on tour in the Persian Gulf aboard an aircraft carrier – has also been refused refugee status and is facing deportation.

The Immigration and Refugee Board rejected his claim – as it has all the others made by American serviceman. The Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have all refused to hear appeals in these cases.

The refugee board’s position is that people such as Glass and Wiley are not bona fide refugees. They face prosecution, not persecution, the board says.

They could face jail, said Chow.

That means they would have criminal records, which means they would not be able to get jobs,” she said. “They would not be able to get a mortgage. Their entire lives would be destroyed.”

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Hilter – a wax figure?

Madame Tussauds wax museum plans to display a wax figure of Adolf Hitler at the new Berlin branch. Many claim it to be tasteless and in poor judgment.

Hitler is currently on display in London, along-side past and present international political figures such as Bush and Saddam Hussein.

Coincidence??? You tell me…

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Responses

  1. Hey! Nice to find you, too!

    Hang on… Magui’s blog links to mine? Cool.

  2. Hi KC! you are missed on avanoo, you know?

    Which is the criterion for the was figures? I’d love to go to one of those museums.

    Thanks for passing to say hello!
    Magui


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