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Hotel hell in India

'She had a sense -- women know. She tried to protect herself and I can understand that because there is a whole environment of fear in the country.'

-- Ranjana Kumari, a women's-rights campaigner in India, commenting on the plight of a British tourist who jumped from her third-floor hotel room at 5 a.m. after the hotel manager kept trying to force his way into her room to give her an oil massage and a shower.

Flaherty gets it from all sides

'That's banana republic behaviour. That company is operating completely with full respect of the law, they see an advantage in attracting clients at this rate, why shouldn't they go out to do that?'

-- NDP Leader Tom Mulcair after Finance Minister Jim Flaherty had his office call Manulife Financial to ask them not to reduce their five-year mortgage rate to 2.89 per cent. Small Business Minister Maxime Bernier also chided Flaherty for the move.

Punch

'Just watch me.'

-- Justin Trudeau, responding to a passenger's note passed to him on a flight asking if he can really beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Counterpunch

'Fuddle duddle.'

-- Stephen Harper's spokesman Andrew MacDougall, invoking another famous Pierre Trudeau phrase as a retort to Justin Trudeau.

Outrage doesn't end

'What's sad particularly to me is that the victim has had to go through the rape, the aftermath of the rape, the trial and she continues to be victimized on the social media.'

-- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, after two teen girls tweeted threats against a girl who was raped by two high school football players. If convicted, the girls could be held in custody until they turn 21.

No crying wolf

'He dug deeper with his teeth. I had my coat on, and so when he went to get a better grip he let go -- and then I gave him a look.'

-- Dawn Hepp, who described to the National Post how she calmly walked away from a wolf attack and drove herself to a hospital in Ashern, three hours away, as blood oozed from her throat wounds.

Might want to avoid downward dog

'I See London, I See France: Lululemon Recalls See-Through Yoga Pants.'

-- Fashionista blog on Lululemon's unintentionally sheer black yoga pants

A bit off-Target?

'My husband and I stopped at the Target in Guelph. I'd go there to buy things I'd buy at Zellers, which seems to be mostly what they're stocking. The prices weren't great (definitely more expensive than Zellers was), nor was the selection. It's just another store that happens to have had some hoopla.'

-- Dana, of Cambridge, Ont., as Target stores roll out in Ontario. The first Winnipeg Target stores are slated to open in May.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 23, 2013 J14

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