Magnotta arrested and students protest

June 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm (News, Politics)

  • Luka Rocco Magnotta has been arrested in Germany. Thank goodness. The 29-year-old Canadian is accused of killing and dismembering a man in Montreal before putting a couple of body parts in the mail, addressed to the Conservative and Liberal party headquarters. If the whole story is true – and I won’t repeat it all here – this is a very disturbed individual. But an international effort successfully tracked Magnotta from Canada to Paris, and then to Berlin where he was taken into custody this morning.
  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip

    In happier news, Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her diamond jubilee this week. Man, 60 years. That’s impressive. I’ve always been quite a monarchy fan and was thrilled to catch a glimpse of Prince William and his bride when they were in the county last year.
    Prince Phillip, the Queen’s husband, was taken to hospital today with a bladder infection. He’s nearly 91 years old, so I guess health issues every once in a while are to be expected. Too bad he’ll have to miss some of the celebrations, though.

  • The protests continue in Montreal … don’t know about you, but I’m way over it. Student unions and the government have failed to come to an agreement; the province’s education minister has resigned over the impasse. Though hundreds have returned to class to finish out their school year, other residents have joined those walking the streets in support of lower tuition rates. Thousands have been arrested in clashes with police.
    Quebec students already pay one of the lowest tuition rates in the country, and the proposed hike is a few hundred dollars extra on their bills each year. It’s a completely reasonable request. But instead of investing a little more in their education and future careers, students revolted. To me, this is a perfect example of the culture of entitlement … too many in this generation expect something for nothing, or very little. It’s time to crack down. If they don’t want to pay rates like the rest of us, they can find somewhere else to attend school.
  • In local news, I was out in Maxville Friday night for the annual Relay for Life. It was a very neat experience. Hundreds of people walked the track, probably all thinking of someone they know who has battled or is battling cancer. I did a couple of laps with Bert Perthanais; though he didn’t have to go through an excrutiating journey to become a survivor, he still dealt with the disease in his own way … and also had to watch several family members deal with similar diagnoses. It was nice to see so many yellow survivor shirts, and so much dedication despite the constant drizzling rain.

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