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Steps from the Canal

This tweet was making it rounds through Ottawa Twitter on Tuesday:


Anyone with a remote familiarity with using a street knows that the bicyclist pictured was exactly where he’s supposed to be, where the law tells him to be and where LEARN THE RULES! types would demand he be.

An Ottawa cop decided to set this driving enthusiast straight:

screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-11-41-33-pmOf course, Constable Benoit wasn’t the only one to set Tommy straight. Many Twitter users weighed in to explain how obviously and clearly wrong he was. What was interesting was how Tommy dug in, and just wouldn’t admit his error.

Even when a cop told him he didn’t understand the rules of the road, he couldn’t accept it.

He attempted to save some dignity by blaming the bicyclist for not triggering the light, but that’s not a dick of a bike rider. That’s a dick of a city planner or politician…

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This election, it’s time for an Canadian Disabilities Act

Sit Down, Fight Back

This election, it’s time for an Canadian Disabilities Act*. From coast-to-coast across Canada, disabled people and organization have been breaking down barriers without the support of or federal government, the individualized “solutions” miss the mark; access to society and quality of life is not created through tax breaks and savings plans.

Now is a time to call for change. It’s time for bold policy that benefits all disabled people living in Canada. It’s time to call on our MPs and perspective MPs for a Barrier-Free Canada.

The following is taken from a letter written by the Barrier Free Canada Committee:

Canada is one of the few developed countries that does not have a comprehensive nationally legislated Disabilities Act. It is imperative to have the rights of disabled people legitimized, recognized, and protected and we believe that an initiative such as ours can make this a reality.

What’s in it…

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Chris Hyndman of CBC’s ‘Steven and Chris’ has died

Global News

WARNING: The following post contains a graphic image that may be disturbing to readers, discretion is advised.

TORONTO — Chris Hyndman of the CBC TV show Steven and Chris has died, executives for the public broadcaster confirmed in an internal statement.

“It is with profound sadness that we share the news Christopher Hyndman died early this morning,” Heather Conway, Executive Vice President of English Services, and Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director of Unscripted Content, said in a joint statement.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Steven, family, friends and colleagues; our thoughts are with them all.”

Assistance is being provided to CBC employees as needed and the company said it would issue a public statement later today.

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American dentist says he regrets killing Cecil the lion, but believed hunt was legal

Exposing the Big Game

For Cecil isn’t just any old lion. He’s one of Africa most famous and beloved lions, the star attraction at the Hwange national park, and a YouTube sensation for tourists.

He’s renowned as a gentle giant.

Such popularity cut no ice with Dr Palmer.

He and his fellow hunters tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park, scenting an area half a kilometre away.

Cecil took the bait and strayed outside.

Dr Palmer pounced, firing his bow-and-arrow and striking Cecil.

He’s a great shot. 

A New York Times profile of him in 2009 said he was ‘capable of skewering a playing card from 100 yards with his compound bow.’

But Cecil didn’t die.

Instead, he stumbled off, wounded and bloodied, for 40 hours before Dr Palmer and his hunters finally caught up with him and shot him dead.

They then beheaded Cecil, and skinned…

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Man Dies in OPP Custody (July 26, 2015): Unnamed (Ontario)


In the early morning of Sunday, July 26, 2015, a 52 year old man died while being driven home from a bar in Grand Bend, Ontario by officers of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is called in all cases of civilian injury or death involving police contact, has assigned six investigators to the case. Initial reports suggest that one officer is the subject of the investigator with a second officer designated as a witness. The name of the victim has not yet been released.

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People who Died Following a Police Intervention since 1987 (British Columbia)


People who died following a police intervention (British Columbia) :
• John Sheffield, 45, d. Feb. 2, 1987
• Greg Coghlan, 23, d. June 30, 1988
• Mario Deiana, 44, d. July 19, 1988
• Douglas William Hemminger, 30, d. Nov. 16, 1988
• Joseph Cholette, 38, d. Dec. 31, 1988
• Pak Chee Wu, 38, d. June 24, 1990
• James Douglas Stephenson, 22, d. July 17, 1990
• Larry Prebble, 56, d. Aug. 2, 1990
• Frederick Hodgins, 37, d. Jan. 2, 1991
• James Cruikshank, 64, d. Feb. 5, 1991
• Darel Cruikshank, 30, d. Feb. 6, 1991
• Brian Shaw, 40, d. Aug. 20, 1991
• Randall Andrews, 28, d. Dec. 7, 1991
• Frank Bell, 21, d. Mar. 3, 1992
• Danny Possee, 22, d. May, 12, 1992
• Willie Hewer, 34, d. April 9, 1994
• Joey Peters, 33, d. Aug. 3, 1994

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