Nation in brief: Jan. 18, 2011

Cities restrict tanning

Victoria, B.C. and a few surrounding areas officially banned minors using commercial tanning beds last week. The regional politicians voted 18-1 in favour of the ban following a meeting of over four hours where more than 40 citizens presented both positive and negative views of tanning beds. Only two other regions in Canada have also banned the fake and bake for their teens: Nova Scotia in December, and New Brunswick all the way back in 1992, although they recently reduced the ban to a voluntary measure. We can only assume the new bans have something to do with Jersey Shore.

Bus driver suspended after unplanned stop

A bus driver in Newfoundland has been suspended after he got students to help him push the bus up a hill after it got stuck in the snow. The driver was transporting students home in a snowstorm last Thursday when the vehicle got stuck, the CBC reported. Instead of calling for assistance, the driver asked some of the high school students on board to help him push, reportedly breaking protocol. More questionable than his decision: how he expected feeble teenagers to push a bus.

More Ontario students applying to uni

The Ontario Universities’ Application Centre released statistics Monday that showed that the number of high school students applying to universities grew by 2.4 per cent this year — the seventh year in a row that the figure has increased. This year, 88,626 students applied to universities across the province by the Jan. 12 deadline, and while the jump from last year may not seem significant, it represents a 49 per cent increase since 2000. The stats came one day after the Ontario government announced it would be investing in a number of measures to facilitate transfers for post-secondary students.

45-metre long beer vats reach Toronto

After 11 hard days, six enormous beer vats have made the trip from Hamilton, Ont. to Toronto, undoubtedly to the pleasure of most university students in Canada’s biggest city. The vats, each 45 metres long and seven metres wide, started the trip on Jan. 7, the CBC reported. They were supposed to arrive at a Molson Coors brewery four days later, but due to their size the trip took longer than expected, since crews had to remove 250 traffic lights and 1,600 hydro wires to get them to their destination. The company paid $24 million for the vats, which are capable of holding six million bottles worth of beer in total. Worth every penny.


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