1 RAIL SAFETY ON THE HONOUR SYSTEM The Conservative government brought in new rail safety rules written by the rail industry. Zuwahh? This is negligence. Industries should be heavily consulted on regulations, obviously, but write them? No. That’s a recipe for watered down, unsafe rules that get people hurt and killed. Bad, bad Harper government.
2 STABBY STABBY Less than half of workers in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region have had flu shots this winter. Sad face.
3 THE LIGHTS ARE ON BUT NO ONE’S HOME Jill Smith from CJME looks into the SaskPower building’s always-on lights.
4 DECEMBER JOBPOCALYPSE Canada lost 46,000 jobs in December, the largest one-month drop in a few years. Meanwhile, U.S. job growth has slowed down. And closer to home, Evraz
Place Inc. just let issued layoff notices to 400 employees go in it’s its “tubular” division, which is most certainly NOT tubular. Grump! UPDATE: Overall, though, Saskatchewan has the lowest unemployment in Canada. UPDATE AGAIN: Wow, what a bunch of typos and flat-out errors. Whitworth fail!
5 FLAMING BIGOTS Russia’s hateful and ignorant Orthodox Church wants a referendum to ban homosexuality. Do they want gays and lesbians to be murdered? I guess they do. Assholes.
6 ARE YOU FOLLOWING THE BIG NEW JERSEY SCANDAL? People in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s office deliberately created a massive, four-day traffic jam, APPARENTLY to punish political opponents. The basics are here. This would be huge news in any case just because public safety was undermined in the service of political vindictiveness, but the fact that Christie is a leading contender for the Republican 2016 presidential nomination makes it a massive story.
FAMOUS HANNAH MONTANA ‘COON REPELLENT ‘COON TOSSED IN SLAMMER Outrageous! Damn you, Tennessee! Give this bearded hero his raccoon back!