It is supposed to be 6 in the morning, but today it is 1 in the afternoon. Hurricane Sandy is dominating the headlines of every major news outlet. Here’s what you need to know about the storm and all the other news Sandy is drowning out in her wake.
1 SANDY BABY! The superstorm is wreaking havoc on the east coast. Obama has called it a major disaster. 30+ people are dead in the US. A Toronto woman is dead after being hit by flying debris. Hundreds of thousands are without power. An electrical transformer has blown up. Streets and subway tunnels are flooded. News websites are down. Flights are delayed. The American presidential candidates have suspended their campaigns. And experts are estimating billions of dollars in storm damage.
2 GOT BEEF! The beef processing plant in Brooks, Alberta is re-opening and that means about 2,000 workers are back on the job. Yay for beef. Boo E.coli.
3 MOTHER NATURE CONTINUES TO SHAKE THINGS UP ON THE WEST COAST A second earthquake has rattled the north coast of B.C. The 6.2 magnitude quake off the south coast of Haida Gwaii island hits just as questions are being raised around the B.C. government’s slow response to the 7.2 shaker over the weekend.
4 FIGHTING DEPORTATION Saskatchewan’s economy minister Bill Boyd has written a letter to Public Safety minister Vic Toews asking the feds to review the deportation of two Nigerian students.
5 IMPAIRED JUDGEMENT A new study reports on the economic and social consequences of liquor privatization in Western Canada — this after Brad Wall suggested all future liquor stores will be owned privately.
6 GLOBAL WARMING TO BLAME?? GASP! Scientists are saying global warming may have caused Sandy’s rage.
Some comedic relief to a very sad situation. Mayor Bloomberg’s American sign language translator makes VERY dramatic faces as the New York mayor updates residents on the city’s response to the storm: