Wednesday Update – November 10, 2010
- Environment Minister and Calgary Centre-North MP Jim Prentice resigned from the Harper cabinet and parliament. He is leaving to take a private sector job with CIBC. Stuck in an unimportant cabinet portfolio and with no exciting future ahead of him, Prentice ditched to take the high paying position (wouldn’t you?) Read more here and here .
- The Harper government stepped in and blocked the takeover bid of a Saskatchewan potash mine by BHP. Realizing the political price they would pay in that province, Harper turned his back on the business sector stopping the deal. Read more here and here .
- A man posing as an elderly gentleman slipped through security and boarded an Air Canada flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver. He ditched the disguise part way through the flight. This of course raises security questions. Read more here.
- Former President George W. Bush has come out of seclusion as he promotes his new memoir Decision Points. In interviews with Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey, Bush discusses the decisions he made as president and some other surprising things in his life. Read more here and here.
- A Connecticut man was sentenced to death after killing three women in 2007. The details of the murders are horrific. The issue of the death penalty was present in the 2010 election campaign. Outgoing Governor M. Jodi Rhell vetoed the abolition of the death penalty citing this case. It has reignited discussion of the punishment. Read more here.
- MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was suspended after it was found he personally contributed to Democratic candidates. This goes against the rules MSNBC has for its hosts. Pundits cried foul, citing the tendency of Fox News hosts to blatantly donate to Republican candidates. Olbermann will return soon. Read more here.
- Yet another volcano is wreaking havoc on air travel, this time disrupting the President of the United States. President Obama left Indonesia early to prevent missing the G-20 summit in South Korea. Obama is in the middle of an Asian tour. Read more here.
- The first election in Burma in 20 years is creating more panic and turmoil than anything else. Government officials and rebels clashed as thousands of refugees fled into Thailand. Read more here.