"The Minister [Peter MacKay] and his opposition critic [Denis Corderre], each fond of their own oratory skills, have made quite a rivalry for themselves over the last year. At best, it's been a draw. Two uncoordinated brawlers trading wild haymakers to the benefit of no one, least of all those forced to watch." [link]
Some friends and family members acknowledged over the weekend that the victims likely had been out drinking prior to the crash, statements that provoked community outcry. In particular, Lorie Flaherty, the sister of one of victims, told the Camera, "The thing that really makes me feel much better about this is they died doing what they loved to do -- they were drinking, they were going fast and they were together."
[Minister Bjornson] says student safety is his primary concern, and thinks forcing schools to provide bus transit will prevent a similar incident from occurring in Manitoba.
While this sounds fine in concept, it ignores the challenges schools already face in delivering extracurricular programs, such as paying for equipment and finding qualified coaches/supervisors. Adding mandatory busing to the mix could kill many marginal programs, and might eliminate inter-school competition in some rural areas altogether.
I feel for the families of the kids (and adult) out east, but there is no way to protect ourselves universally from all possible situations of harm. Just cannot happen. So we shouldn't be setting standards for the extreme cases so much as preventing the common risks from occurring.
"Not surprisingly, Buffalo and Pittsburgh led the individual U.S . markets. The game had a whopping 38.2/58 rating/share in Buffalo and a 17.7/30 in Pittsburgh. Minneapolis ranked third (5.1/11) and Denver (3.7/7) fourth.
The NHL will be encouraged by viewership in the non-traditional hockey market of Las Vegas, which tied Providence for fifth place with a 3.5 rating."