Dutch Queen Beatrix steps down; New York times hacked and more
The Rundown returns, as much the place to be to catch up on the news headlines of the week as the Canadian embassy was the place to be during U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent inauguration.
In the news this week:
Statistics Canada was busy releasing various snapshots of the nation. Among their findings: the income gap is widening, the average Canadian household spent more than $55,000 in goods and services last year and the difference in generational Internet use is still significant when it comes to music and video use.
An Ontario court has ruled the monkey found wandering an Ikea store will stay with the sanctuary he was assigned to and not go back to his owner.
A leading ballerina with the Bolshoi ballet wants to remain in Canada after receiving threats.
Councillors in Markham, Ont., approved a spending plan for an NHL-sized arena.
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands said this week she will step down from her throne, opening the way for her oldest son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, to take overthe Dutch monarchy. Don’t expect this to cue similar plans for Queen Elizabeth.
The Royal Canadian Legion is beginning a campaign aimed at convincing the federal government to pay for the funerals of impoverished veterans.
A Quebec man has been charged with drunk driving for the 17th time.
Chinese experts hacked computers at The New York Times in retaliation for an investigative piece the newspaper published, examining how the relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a substantial fortune.
In response to consumer clamour, the CRTC has released a draft of its wireless code of conduct.
U.S. actor Randy Quaid was denied his request for residency in Canada. http://news.ca.msn.com/canada/canada-denies-randy-quaids-request-to-stay-3
Cats kill billions of birds each year, according to a U.S. report. Many of the predatory felines are strays.
The Shania Twain Centre in Timmins, Ont., will close permanently Friday. It is scheduled to be torn down and become a mining site.
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