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RCMP likely to file charges against Mike Duffy today. 1 in 3 Canadian Netflix users know the trick to stream U.S. catalogue. Weird Al’s 3rd parody video of Lorde’s ‘Royals’ – ‘Foil’
JOHN BARID RIPS CBC JOURNALIST
John Baird was not impressed with a CBC journalist’s question on the conflict in Gaza this week. And in fine Baird form, he did not hesitate with his words. After a press conference Tuesday in which he lamented Hamas’ refusal to honour a ceasefire, the foreign affairs minister was asked why the Conservative Party has decided to “use this conflict in advertising to gain supporters?” “I haven’t seen that,” he replied. The journalist then explained she was referring to tweets sent out from the party’s official account — Baird got defensive. “Is it the position of the CBC that a tweet is advertising?” he asked. “It’s a form of getting out to people,” she said. “In fairness, you’re a member of our national broadcaster,” Baird said. “We deserve better questions than that.” Nailllled it! Sun News has raw video of the exchange:
RCMP FILE CHARGES AGAINST DUFFY
The RCMP are likely to file charges against Mike Duffy today, according to a statement by Duffy’s lawyer Wednesday. Donald Bayne did not specify charges, but insisted Duffy did not commit a crime. ”We are confident that when the full story is told, as it will be, and shown to be supported by many forms of evidence, it will be clear that Sen. Duffy is innocent of any criminal wrong-doing,” said Bayne. Last fall the Senate voted to suspend Duffy as part of an ongoing controversy over disputed living expenses. The RCMP has been investigating the housing claims and a $90,000 payment made to Duffy by Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, so Duffy could pay back the disputed claims.
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MINIMUM WAGE SAME AS 1975, TOOK A BIG DIP IN BETWEEN THOUGH
Statistics Canada says the average minimum wage in 2013 is almost identical to the 1975 minimum wage. Stats Can says the average minimum wage was $10.14 in 2013, and the 1975 wage adjusted for 2013, is $10.13. However, between 1975 and 2013, the minimum wage in 2013 dollars, varied, slipping to $7.53 in 1986 before rising to $8.81 in 1996. Up to 2003, the real minimum wage remained stable at around $8.50. The report says 6.7 per cent of all paid employees earned the minimum wage in 2013, up from 5.0 per cent in 1997.
1 IN 3 ENGLISH SPEAKING CANADIAN NETFLIX USERS STREAM U.S. CATALOGUE
If you’re in the U.S. and log into Netflix, you can watch the final season of “Dexter,” binge on all seven seasons of “30 Rock,” watch the first eight seasons of the cult TV comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and stream all but the most recent season of “Sons of Anarchy.” You can’t get any of that here in Canada though. Turns out, there is a trick Canadian Netflix subscribers use to access movies and TV shows that are supposed to be available only in the states. And apparently, a lot of Canadians know of this trick. According to the Media Technology Monitor, who commissioned a survey, 35 per cent of Canadian Netflix users have stumbled upon this trick to access content available in other countries. There are free and subscription-based online services that mask a user’s Internet address to make it appear they actually reside elsewhere.
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC – ‘FOIL’
Weird Al Yankovic is releasing a new video every day this week to celebrate the release of his new album, Mandatory Fun. Weird Al’s third parody video is of Lorde’s “Royal”. You’ll love the twist at the start of the second verse. “Weird Al” is releasing one new video each day this week.
THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY…
This day in 1972, angry fans throw bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for The Rolling Stones show in Montreal turn out to be fakes. A bomb that exploded under the band’s equipment van is believed to be the work of French separatists.