Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
It's been a Good Week for...
In every story, there are winners and losers. In Montreal, the student protests may be adding up to several bad weeks for downtown restaurants and parents wondering if their kids will ever finish their education. But one clear winner in the clash over university tuition fees is Maalox. Ever since police started using pepper spray, there has been a run on the heartburn remedy, which protestors rub on their eyes for quick relief from stinging. Now of only there were such a simple solution to the sting of rising tuition fees.
Not only did the prime minister spend some quality time with the Queen, he got to lecture the newly elected French president. Harper told Francois Hollande he and other European leaders must move 'decisively' to resolve the economic crisis that has gripped the continent. Harper has certainly moved decisively, slashing civil servant jobs and funding for science projects while at the same time allowing Canadians to bring back more duty free goods from the U.S. Hooray. We may be fresh out of work, but we can stretch our EI benefits further at Target.
Those bottles of Okanagan Valley wine you brought back to Manitoba to share with your friends? You could have gone to jail for that. Since the 1920s, it has been illegal to transport wine across provincial lines. But after the House of Commons voted to free the grapes earlier this week, Canadians will soon be allowed to shop online and transport wine back to their home province. Looks like the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission's monopoly on wine may be winding down.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 9, 2012 J4