1 QUARANTINE JOHN CAMERON! A “Norwalk-like virus” turned this year’s annual Canadian University Press conference–held in Victoria, BC–into a raging vomitorium. At least one Carillon staffer–not, to my knowledge, Cameron, who was symptom-free as of yesterday evening–has been smote.
3 TRAGEDY AT THE CENTRE A Qu’Appelle teenager died at the Conexus Arts Centre this weekend after a 12-metre fall.
4 POT SHOT The federal Liberals had a convention this weekend. By the time it was over, they’d elected a new president, spitballed a new leadership selection idea and passed a resolution to make marijuana legal. Details in the Globe.
5 BLAME THE CAPTAIN Looks like human error might be the cause of this weekend’s cruise ship disaster off Italy’s Giglio island.
6 THE OTHER SIDE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING Today is Martin Luther King day in the U.S. The holiday marks the anniversary of the civil rights leader’s birth on January 15, 1929. FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) has an excellent, still-pertinent 1995 column on King’s anti-war and anti-poverty activism–which the media still won’t touch with a 10-foot pole. You can read more here, here, here and (just for fans of Paul Krugman), here.
MITT THE RIPPER Last week, political pundit Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) handed control of his Super PAC (Political Action Committee) to his friend and business partner, political analyst Jon Stewart (The Daily Show). The reason? Colbert is considering running for President of South Carolina. Or something. And he can’t run his own political action committee because that would be against the law. This weekend, the Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC released a political attack ad against Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. And here it is.