Welcome to Thursday, the day before Friday, which is the day before we leave for America to see many members of my in-law family. Here are a few tidbits floating around the news this morning:
– The video caught by a witness to the tasering of a man at YVR earlier this month has been released to the public. In completely unrelated news story released yesterday, did you know Transit cops have been using tasers since the summer? Did you know their tasers have video cameras on them, “The recordings can also provide an accurate record of an incident if someone dies after being hit by a Taser, or if an officer is accused of wrongdoing.” Well that’s good to know.
On the radio this morning they were discussing the video and WHY the public should view it, after all it IS of a man dying. It makes me uneasy and I’ve only seen the first few minutes as it pretty much creeps me out to actually view something like that on film. The debate on the morning show was either a) see the video and form your opinion, b) don’t view it because there’s no need, no one should watch that tragedy or c) you can’t have an opinion unless you DO SEE it. With all the coverage its received in local media I think we’ll all end up seeing most of the video in some form.
– My nemesis, the Pattullo (aka Bridge of Death) turns 70 today, which is one year older than the Lions Gate – but you can totally tell that the LG has had so much more work done, that perkiness and shade of green just isn’t natural.
– Lululemon stocks plummet yesterday upon speculation that their super secret special sea weed fabric is no different than plain ol’ regular cotton. Honestly, if I were a much more clever person I would say something absolutely witty and Onion-esque right now…
– The Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation names its new emergency entrance in honor our the South Asian community: “Premier Gordon Campbell joined representatives from Fraser Health and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation to unveil plans for the Guru Nanak Emergency Services Front Entrance, which will be the main entryway to the new emergency centre.”
– The Oxford American Dictionary proclaimed that “Locavore” was the Word of the Year for 2007:
“The â€œlocavoreâ€ movement encourages consumers to buy from farmersâ€™ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel for transportation.” [OUPBlog].
I am pleased to announce that a runner up for Word of the Year was Pittsburgh’s own “bacn“. Others on the list included “cougar” in the Wheelhouse sense, and “tase”, to be stunned with a taser.