Peanut butter and guilty verdicts

January 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm (News, Politics) (, )

It’s been another week of major headlines and messy happenings across the city, country and the world. Here’s the top stories I’ve been watching.

  • The race for the Republican presidential candidacy continues with today’s primary vote in Florida. The two main contenders are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, though polls are showing Romney with a significant lead. It’s been a long week of debates and vicious attacks on each other. Others still hanging in there are Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Oh, and if you’re like me and feel like this is taking forever, remember they still have the presidential election race after the GOP finally picks a candidate.
  • In Cornwall, the city was ordered to pay a former employee $20,000 plus nearly three years of lost wages. The ruling on compensation comes several months after the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found the city and three managers had discriminated against the employee, who has a medical condition. The recently dismissed human resources manager, Robert Menagh, was named in the case and will have to take an online training course on human rights as part of the recent decision. The tribunal documents are available here.
  • All three members of the Shafia family accused of murder were found guilty by a jury on Sunday. Each faced four counts of first-degree murder, which means they’ll spend a minimum 25 years of a life sentence in prison. My question is now, what happens to their still-living children who were taken away after the arrests? I hope they’ll be able to access some of the millions the Shafias are apparently worth, as small compensation for having parents who value a twisted idea of honour above the very lives of their daughters. Their son, Hamed, plans to appeal.

    Courtesy of the National Post

  • Carol Anne Meehan’s husband has been found – dead. I can’t even imagine. She’s been the face of Ottawa’s evening news on CTV for years, but in recent weeks had to allow her personal life to become public information as she searched for her missing spouse. Greg Etue was discovered inside a van a couple of hours outside the capital.
  • On a happier note, a social media campaign to collect donations of peanut butter for a local food bank ended up bringing in 541 jars in three days. A Cornwall company matched the donation, allowing the Agape Centre to stock their shelves of the popular item for the next few months.

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