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Nation in brief: Nov. 2, 2010

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Nation in brief: Nov. 2, 2010

by admin November 2, 2010

Rocket launcher still baffling BC authorities

Like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto, a tree pruner found a loaded rocket launcher in the woods beside a highway in British Columbia last week and authorities still don’t know how it got there. The M72 launcher, originally created as an anti-tank weapon in the early “60s but still used by the armed forces, was likely stolen from the Canadian military, according to sources like the National Firearms Association. The Canadian Forces explosive ordnance disposal unit had to be called in to take the weapon, which had firing instructions printed right on the side. Officials believe it had been sitting in the bush where it was found for at least six months.

P.E.I. to open new performing arts school

Aspiring dancers and musicians will soon have another educational option in Canada, as Prince Edward Island is set to open a new school of performing arts. The Atlantic province will be home to the Holland College School of Performing Arts, a joint effort from the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Holland College according to the CBC. Attendees will be able to choose between a music diploma program and a performing arts foundation certificate when it opens next September, with an additional dance performance diploma program to be added in Sept. 2012.

Soldier got your tongue?

A bizarre attack in the town of Cold Lake, Alta. has made international headlines after a man, who claimed to be a British soldier, bit off and reportedly swallowed a woman’s tongue in early October. The suspect had been dancing with the woman in a local bar when they began to kiss, and he proceeded to bite a large portion of her tongue clean off. The attack has sparked interest from both the RCMP and British military authorities and has already spawned comparisons to Hannibal Lecter. The bar in question is located near CFB Cold Lake, a massive air force base which sees soldiers from many different countries fly in and out every month. Police have no suspect at this point, and are staying close-lipped about any leads.

Using Facebook to find thieves: so it’s not just for stalking

It took 15 minutes for staff at an Ottawa area sports apparel store to find one of a group of shoplifters on Facebook. Last Wednesday, shoplifters got away with a Los Angeles Kings hat and a collector’s edition No. 99 Wayne Gretzky jersey, valued at $1,000. One shoplifter was picked out on Facebook as a friend of one of the 324 users who had “liked’ the store’s profile page, leading to the return of the merchandise. Ottawa police chief Vernon White was “impressed’ with the find, and said police are working on a social media program, but they never thought of using it for investigations. Store owner Chris Torti, who has decided not to press charges, because doing so could have potentially delayed recovery of the items, told the Ottawa Citizen that he encourages fellow retailers to use the social networking site for fighting theft: “Facebook is a great [technique], because you can really dig deep.”

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Rocket launcher still baffling BC authorities

Like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto, a tree pruner found a loaded rocket launcher in the woods beside a highway in British Columbia last week and authorities still don’t know how it got there. The M72 launcher, originally created as an anti-tank weapon in the early “60s but still used by the armed forces, was likely stolen from the Canadian military, according to sources like the National Firearms Association. The Canadian Forces explosive ordnance disposal unit had to be called in to take the weapon, which had firing instructions printed right on the side. Officials believe it had been sitting in the bush where it was found for at least six months.

P.E.I. to open new performing arts school

Aspiring dancers and musicians will soon have another educational option in Canada, as Prince Edward Island is set to open a new school of performing arts. The Atlantic province will be home to the Holland College School of Performing Arts, a joint effort from the Confederation Centre of the Arts and Holland College according to the CBC. Attendees will be able to choose between a music diploma program and a performing arts foundation certificate when it opens next September, with an additional dance performance diploma program to be added in Sept. 2012.

Soldier got your tongue?

A bizarre attack in the town of Cold Lake, Alta. has made international headlines after a man, who claimed to be a British soldier, bit off and reportedly swallowed a woman’s tongue in early October. The suspect had been dancing with the woman in a local bar when they began to kiss, and he proceeded to bite a large portion of her tongue clean off. The attack has sparked interest from both the RCMP and British military authorities and has already spawned comparisons to Hannibal Lecter. The bar in question is located near CFB Cold Lake, a massive air force base which sees soldiers from many different countries fly in and out every month. Police have no suspect at this point, and are staying close-lipped about any leads.

Using Facebook to find thieves: so it’s not just for stalking

It took 15 minutes for staff at an Ottawa area sports apparel store to find one of a group of shoplifters on Facebook. Last Wednesday, shoplifters got away with a Los Angeles Kings hat and a collector’s edition No. 99 Wayne Gretzky jersey, valued at $1,000. One shoplifter was picked out on Facebook as a friend of one of the 324 users who had “liked’ the store’s profile page, leading to the return of the merchandise. Ottawa police chief Vernon White was “impressed’ with the find, and said police are working on a social media program, but they never thought of using it for investigations. Store owner Chris Torti, who has decided not to press charges, because doing so could have potentially delayed recovery of the items, told the Ottawa Citizen that he encourages fellow retailers to use the social networking site for fighting theft: “Facebook is a great [technique], because you can really dig deep.”

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