Remembrance Day a step closer to becoming a stat holiday. OPP officers asked to wear uniforms and carry weapons to Remembrance Day ceremonies. Honda to invest $800m in Ontario plants. New owner of El Mocambo to keep it open as a music venue. AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd charged with plotting murder.
AC/DC DRUMMER CHARGED WITH PLOTTING MURDER
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is out on bail after being arrested and charged in New Zealand with attempting to procure murder, possession of drugs, and threatening to kill. The 60-year-old Rudd was arrested in New Zealand and apparently said nothing during his brief court appearance. He also wore no shoes. The names of the men he allegedly wanted murdered and the alleged potential hitman have been suppressed by the court. At the request of defence lawyer Tony Rickard-Simms, Rudd was remanded on bail until November 27 when he will reappear in court. Bail conditions include that Rudd must stay at his home in Bureta and have zero contact with any of the complainants. Rudd was absent for much of AC/DC’s promotional material and photographs for their 16th studio album, Rock or Bust, which will be released on November 28.
NEW OWNER OF EL MOCAMBO TO KEEP BAR A MUSIC VENUE
The El Mocambo was suppose to hold its last show tonight when it hosts a Parkinson’s disease benefit concert. But the National Post is reporting that the legendary venue has been saved at the 11th hour by a buyer with intentions to keep it open as a music venue. Neil Warshafsky, the real estate broker working on the sale of the building that houses the legendary bar ,now claims that the buyer intends to “keep it going as a music venue,” although co-owrner Sam Grosso had previously indicated the buyer wanted to put up condos. So far there has been no confirmation of who the buyer is. Warshafsky, would only say the buyer is someone “that people will know.”
REMEMBRANCE DAY A STEP CLOSER TO BECOMING A STAT HOLIDAY
We’re a step closer to having Remembrance Day as a national statutory holiday. Bill C-597 was introduced by NDP MP Dan Harris in May. The Conservative government supports the bill, along with the Liberals and the Green Party. The private member’s bill passed 2nd-reading in the house and now goes to committee for study before MPs have a final vote. If all goes well, the cange could be made in time for next year.
OPP OFFICERS ASKED TO CARRY WEAPONS TO REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES
The OPP is directing their officers to wear their full uniforms, and to carry their guns and bullet proof vests even if they are off duty at Remembrance Day ceremonies. They say the move is for safety purposes in light of the two separate fatal attacks on Canadian soldiers last month. OPP Sgt. Peter Leon says there are no specific threats. The move to be in full uniform rather than dress uniforms has some legion members disappointed. The Toronto Police Association also wants all off-duty officers to be able to carry their sidearm and they can do so with permission.
HONDA TO INVEST $800M IN ONTARIO PLANTS
Honda is making a major investment in Ontario, sinking about 800-million dollars into its plants in Alliston. The goal is to improve efficiency and to position them for production of future models. The Alliston plants employ about 4300 people who mainly build Civics and CRV’s.