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Thursday, March 20, 2008

The State of the World

Proving that I don't always think Gord should chase exhaust pipes, he has a downright subdued column today on the Shearns, a couple new to Windsor who wrote the Star last week to remind the city it has more to be thankful for than it knows.

Fed up with the current political climate down south, the Shearns decided to leave their home in a Baltimore suburb. They looked at new locales as far as Australia and Toronto before deciding Windsor could keep them close to loved ones.

So what's the one thing that Windsor has that sets it apart? According to the Shearns, the simple politeness: "The thing they don't realize here is how nice people are. You guys are so used to it that you take it for granted. It's very striking coming from the states," said Peggy Shearn.

Noted, Peggy. And thanks for the reminder.

Just in time for my return to Canada, the loonie fell three cents, taking it down to a paltry 98.42 US, it's largest single day drop since 1962. Experts cite a small surge by the US dollar as well as a small decrease in the price of crude oil as the main culprits.

In politics, the Tories maintain security is just A-OK in Ottawa after an area couple discovered blueprints for a Canadian counter-terrorism unit in a garbage pile. Officials say the blueprints were rejected bids, but the matter is still a serious one.

The world's most famous symbol of protest turns 50 years old today.

Destroying your productivity: South Park studios puts all 12 seasons of the show online, available for streaming, absolutely free.

Cow shot dead following police chase. Can you give me one reason not to click that link?

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