B.C. Premier loves bureaucrats; B.C. Sikh temple gets 19-year-old female leader; H1N1 debunking myths; G20 in Toronto; MP’s to dine on seal meat; Zelaya’s day of decision; Germany arrests Hutus for war crimes; Iran convicts protesters en masse; South Africa shoots first; U.S. hunger rates at 15 year high

A recap of the news stories reported by me on Take 5, CIUT 89.5 FM this morning from 8-10 a.m.

In Canada this morning…

A Sikh temple in Surrey B.C. is under new management. Nineteen-year-old Gursimran Kaur, a Simon Fraser University student, is part of a youth group that beat out an old guard of leaders to manage the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple – one the biggest in North America.

Canada’s chief public health officer says that chances of coming down with serious adverse reactions to the H1N1 vaccine are low, very low – just 0.00001 percent.

You can thank the Canadian government
for keeping your facebook profile out of the hands of third parties.  It’s protests led to a simplified, revised privacy policy for Facebook approved yesterday.

Digby Neck, Nova Scotia residents are questioning the Environment Ministry’s plans for a 20-turbine wind farm in their town.  They are worried the turbines are too close to their houses.

Government sources say plans to hold the G20 meetings in Muskoka might be scuttled because cottage country doesn’t have enough room for everyone – the next best location?  Sources say Toronto.

An investigation by the Tyee has
found Premier Gordon Campbell has fallen far short on his February pledge to cut bureaucratic jobs by 20 percent – it found only 10 per cent of Vancouver’s senior bureaucrats have been let go.

Flipper, Brain or Heart? Oh, perhaps I’ll have all three.  Parliamentarians will start voting for Canada’s seal hunt with their mouths. Seal meat is being added to the posh private restaurant on Parliament Hill next summer.

In World News

The decision about whether ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya will be reinstated has been scheduled on December 2nd and will be decided by a vote in Parliament.

Two Rwandan Hutus have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The pair is alleged to be the former leader and deputy leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.

In Iran, five people have been sentenced to death and 81 others to prison terms in a mass trial. They were convicted for their roles in protesting June’s disputed presidential election.

In South Africa critics are concerned the government’s push for a new law allowing police to use lethal force if they or innocent bystanders are endangered will lead to more murders of innocent bystanders, like the recent shooting of a three-year-old boy.

A new report by the U.S. agricultural department finds one in six Americans could not afford enough food to stay healthy at one point last year – the highest number since the survey began 15 years ago.

Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd is considering calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the Church of Scientology following a series of letters tabled in parliament from seven form scientologits.  They allege rampant criminal activity like forced imprisonment, coerced abortions, physical violence and blackmail.

Females in Paris beware. A Parisian law from the 1800s, prohibiting women from dressing like a man–namely by wearing trousers—is still in force. The law means that Parisian policewomen, who must wears trousers as part of the uniform, are all breaking the law.


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