1. SASKATOON GROUP SAYS POVERTY COSTS THE SASKATCHEWAN ECONOMY NEARLY $4 BILLION That alarming number factors in direct justice and health system costs, lost tax revenue and lower productivity.
2. FUNDING CUTS HIT COOKING CLASSES A Reginan who helped immigrants and refugees learn their way around a kitchen will try to keep up the good work.
3. THE NDP VS. ATM FEES Parliament will debate a motion calling on a $0.50 limit on instant teller transactions. The federal New Democrats want ATM fees capped.
4. ON THE READING LIST The Toronto Star’s Robin Doolittle’s book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story is out today. Special Toronto agent Carle Steel was threatening to go to the launch tonight, so maybe she’ll have something later. Dolittle will be interviewed by Jian Gomeshi on Q later this morning and she’s on the Daily Show Thursday. So, good week for Rob Ford fans.
5. ADVENTURES IN E-SMOKING How do you regulate an electric cigarette? (That’s a weird sentence.)
6. NEWS, NEWS, NEWS, NEWS NEWS Corruption in the European Union is staggering; China releases data on pollution (which causes a million premature deaths in the country every year);more people are going to get more cancer; there was a school shooting in Russia; Australia’s prime minister is horrible; more evidence that the rich get richer while the middle class dies; Philip Seymour Hoffman is remembered in Winnipeg where he filmed Capote; Canadian expatriates fight for their voting rights and here’s a future News Quirk about a sheep head and scared children.
SPORTS BONUS: THESE CHAMPIONS ARE SUPERB OWLS The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl! Here’s the story on official broadcaster CTV plus CBC, CJME, the Leader-Post, TSN, ESPN and The Seattle Times. And here’s a short, photo-heavy piece Pulitzer Prize winning alt-weekly journalist Eli Sanders wrote for the best alt-weekly on the continent, Seattle’s The Stranger.
AND A NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA TRAILER! It came out yesterday, here it is.