From yesterday’sChronicle Herald:
GLACE BAY — Daniel Taylor’s friends knew him as an avid skateboarder who had long fought for the local skate park that was named in his memory when it opened this past July.
But he was also a repeat offender, convicted of two separate assault-related charges since 2005, and that should have been caught by those naming the park, says a local Crown attorney.
Mr. Taylor, who was in his early 20s, died earlier this year.
Prosecutor Gerald MacDonald said it’s inappropriate for taxpayers’ money to support a facility named after someone recently convicted. And he’s shared his concerns with municipal and provincial staff.
“This is an affront to every victim of violent crime in the CBRM,” Mr. MacDonald said in a recent interview.
Dog back with owner after being found floating in box makes for a bittersweet reunion story.
The whole thing, aside from the tearful reunion of pet and pet lover, is pretty bizarre:
SPCA officials who released the dog said the plywood box was very well-made and included cut-out grooves for a tight fight. The materials used had a picture of a cartoon character similar to Lisa Simpson on it and what looks like “Juggqzo for life.” The dog was wearing a collar.
But the real gold is in the comments on the story which feature my favourite phenomenon, posters who admonish the perpetrator for being sick and cruel and then dream up sick and cruel punishments:
COD from NFLD writes: The person who did this, should have the same thing done to them… only NO RESCUE..
darrell gouthro from calgary, alberta writes: whoever done this should be tortured…nothing but cowards..i’d like to have them in a locked room,with me!
I do not understand these people, but I do appreciate the ironic comedy they produce.
(I am also pretty sure Darrell Gouthro went to my junior high).
And then finally, “Are you there God, it’s me, batshit crazy”:
Just nobody: Anywhere from Sydney, N.S. writes: STRANGE?? Not at all strange ! We’ve had someone in our woods along atv trails here ..setting up barbed wire snares and torturing our wild life slowly to death . Almost a hundred of them I hear! We’ve had someone , pull over to the side of the road and SHOOT a fox with a rifle and CUT OFF it’s tail in broad day light. Strange ?? Then after that , we have someone , make a wooden box and try to sufficate a small domestic dog slowly to death.Strange is it?? Wake up people!! We have a serious problem out there…. where is this nut?? What will he do next?? It appears to me that this person with carpenter skills wants to get caught no?? What’s next. Is there anyone listening?/ God I hope so!!
My Bloody Valentine is being remade as 2009 3-D movie.
I hope they keep the tagline: In this town on Valentine’s Day, everyone loses their heart
An interview with George Mihalka the director of the original which was a filmed on location in Sydney Mines, NS at the old Princess Colliery Mine.
TT: How did they react to your presence in the community?
GM: Oh, they loved us. They just thought it was great. They were the most cooperative, wonderful people in the world. It’s just that we couldn’t now ask them to spend money after they lovingly and innocently spent all that money cleaning it up. We couldn’t exactly say “well, sorry we’re leaving unless you now spend money to destroy everything you just did.”
TT: Did the love last for the whole shoot?
GM: Oh yeah. At that time, we were the only game in town. Sydney Mines was suffering some serious economic recession. Coal mines were closing all over the area. We still were spending quite a bit of money there…restaurants, hotels, car rental agencies. We also used assistants, carpenters and painters…