Daily Aggregation: Python Owner Arrested

daily-aggregation-21. THE REEVE OF THE RM OF SHERWOOD HAS BEEN REMOVED AFTER A CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST INVESTIGATION It is believed Kevin Eberle’s magnificent hair has gone with him.

2. VACCINATION: COLLECTIVE RIGHTS TRUMP INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS I agree with this, and so would Mr. Spock, and he’s smarter than either of us, so there.

3. BOOZE PROPOSED FOR CONVENIENCE STORES Worth investigating, says I–and I say that as a supporter of keeping SLGA stores public.

4. WILL CANADIANS GET THE  RIGHT TO DOCTOR-ASSISTED SUICIDE TOMORROW? I hope so. If the do, one group is ready to help draft right-to-die legislation. More on this case here.

5. SO: JOHN BAIRD Chantal Hébert on his surprise departure.

6. BACK TO BOMBING Jordanian planes carried out air strikes against, well, hopefully, Islamic State militants and not innocent people in the wrong place at the wrong time.

7. PET STORE OWNER ARRESTED IN SNAKE DEATH CASE Story, such as it is so far, here. There;s no reason a negligent pet owner shouldn’t be responsible for deaths caused by his animal, and giant pythons come with big responsibilities — they’re certainly not a pet most people should keep, more for the animals’ welfare than anything else. That said, the dangers of keeping snakes have been massively exaggerated. Rock, reticulated and Burmese pythons, as well as anacondas and boas, should be legal to own with a license. Far more people are harmed by their pet dogs than by their pet snakes. Unfortunately, decisions to ban and restrict exotic pets seem to come from ignorance, fear, ideology and political pandering rather than reason. It’s very silly that it’s legal to own a rifle and not a boa constrictor.

VIDEO: SPEAKING OF GIANT SNAKES Watch as SnakeBytes’ host Brian Barczyk plays with some not-so deadly reticulated pythons. Will he get nipped? Spoiler alert: yup!

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Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

9 thoughts on “Daily Aggregation: Python Owner Arrested”

  1. #3- Booze in liquor stores. Someone in that story that was linked claimed that a bottle of rye costs more in Calgary than it does in Saskatchewan which is completely laughable. The SLGA sets the cost of alcohol and offsales are forced to buy it from them at sale price. There is no middle man in an Alberta liquor store.

  2. (1) Stay tuned.
    (2) I agree wholeheartedly.
    (3) If a person can’t even find Lime Crush in a convenience store, what’s the chance of finding decent beer or wine?
    (4) This is probably one of the most important decisions ever to be handed down in this country.
    (5) That’s a significant loss.
    (7) So-called exotic pets belong in their native environment.

  3. Wadena’s convenience store used to carry it, and I heard that it could be found in Strasbourg, but that was a few years ago.

  4. 1) It’s amazing some of the Sherwood councillors are still in denial?
    2) Agreed. Get vaccinated!
    3) Agreed also.
    4) The SCC got it right finally.
    5) Questionable timing. Wish John Baird (Harper’s soon to be former main man) good luck in his life after 20 years of politics.
    6) Can’t blame Jordanian for striking back. Right?
    7) Agreed. People need to be a responsible pet owners. Applies to all types of pets.
    Snakes being crammed in storage drawers. Not much moving room for them. How nice.

  5. I was in Montreal in 1997,and you could buy beer at any gas station,even the at small “gas booths” like the one on 4th & Albert.

    The convenience stores had a variety of beers Molson & Maudite & red / white wine.

    I also noticed that a few restaurants didn’t have a liquor license, but you could bring your own ..

  6. Here’s a press release from SARM on the RM of Sherwood situation:

    The Reeve of the RM of Sherwood, Kevin Eberle, was removed from office yesterday based on the findings from an inquiry conducted by the Province in 2014.

    The inquiry, meant to determine the appropriateness of the directions, actions or inactions of employees, agents or Council Members of the RM, found serious conflicts of interest and violations of the public trust by Mr. Eberle. “I was initially disappointed by the news that the Reeve had been removed but after reading the report it didn’t appear that the Minister had any other choice,” said Acting President Ray Orb.

    The report contained a number of recommendations to the Province in relation to the identification and disclosure of pecuniary interest. The Municipalities Act, according to the report, doesn’t sufficiently protect the public with respect to a pecuniary or conflict of interest nor is there an obligation under the Act for a Councillor with a pecuniary interest to disclose the particulars of the interest. The recommendations also speak to the development of a model Code of Ethics for RM Councils to amend as needed and adopt.

    “We will review the report and recommendations in more detail and work with the Province on any improvements to The Municipalities Act and other guidance documents to better inform municipal representatives of their obligations”, concluded Acting President Orb.

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