Wednesday Update – November 17, 2010

Here are some of the headlines this week in Canada and around the world.


  • It was announced that up to 950 troops will remain in Afghanistan until March 2014. These troops will be in a non-combat role, training Afghan personnel. Questions are being raised about the risk for soldiers, even if not in direct combat. Read more here and here.
  • A somewhat troubling report states that Canadians are using food banks in higher numbers. The economic downturn has left many dependant upon the organizations. This comes in a time when food banks are having a more difficult time keeping their shelves stocked. Read more here and here.
  • A story seemingly taken from a movie, mob boss Nicolo Rizzuto was laid to rest after being killed in his home. Rizzuto is known as the leader of the once powerful mob family in Montreal. His death is significant in the mob world. The family has seen other deaths, including Rizzuto’s grandson, while Rizzuto’s son is currently in jail in the United States. You definitely want to read more here (it is quite surreal).

United States:

  • Outrage over increased security screening at American Airports continues. This time body scans are being refused on the basis of religious beliefs. Civil rights groups cried foul, when it was stated nobody was exempt. I find this utterly ridiculous. They are keeping you safe, not trying to get up in your business! Read more here and here.
  • Prominent Democratic House member Charles Rangel was convicted of a long list of charges this week. They relate to ethics violations and the 80 year old, 20 term Representative could be punished. It is another hit for a Democratic party still licking its wounds from the midterm elections. Read more here.


  • An explosion at a Mexican resort, which killed seven people (including five Canadians) is causing more trouble for the country. The popular vacation destination is becoming increasingly dangerous with escalating drug wars. The question regarding this explosion is whether this was a freak accident, or a problem that was ignored. Read more here.
  • Haiti continues to struggle. Still recovering from the earthquake and flooding, they are now dealing with a Cholera outbreak. Support is coming, but the epidemic has led to violence. Protest has escalated, as many Haitians blame peacekeepers for the epidemic. Read more here.
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement today. They will be married in 2011. There was nothing shocking about this, and the only real reason I mention it is because it is ALL over the news. Read more on just about any news site in the world!

About Chris James

A student of political science at a Canadian University sharing stories of interest on Canadian and American political and social issues.

Posted on November 17, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. i totally agree with how stupid some people can be with the refusal of body scans. which religion is that against anyway???? besides, people are always looking for ways to be offended. if people would just stop thinking that absolutely every action being taken is an attempt to offend people/hurt feelings/make someone feel bad, things wouldnt be like this. i mean seriously, who cares if you are being scanned before going on an airplane. its not like airport security take the tape afterward and sell it as porn. in the words of keyswawn johnson… “C”MON MAN!!!!”

  2. The sad part about all this security is that it only slows law abiding citizens. A locked door only keeps an honest man out. And the cost to defend against terrorism comes at the expense of law abiding citizens.

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