Category: news

This Bud’s Not For You, Bud

As 2015 began to draw to a close and many of us were preparing to spend the holidays with our families, Bud A. Weisser was busy trying to break into a brewery. Really. And while that might have been chuckle worthy enough by itself, as fate would have it, Bud A. Weisser was kind enough to throw a bone to everyone who likes to laugh at the low hanging fruit by choosing of all breweries, the one where they make the beer that he’s an extra S away from being named after. Really.

Bud A. Weisser, 19, received summonses from police Thursday accusing him of first-degree trespassing and resisting arrest after he allegedly entered the Anheuser-Busch brewery property at 9th and Arsenal Streets, where the “King of Beers” is produced.
Police said Weisser abandoned his car after a crash about 6:48 p.m. and hopped the fence into a secure area of the brewery, where he struggled with security officers who had asked him to leave.

A Few Scattered Thoughts On The Death Of The Guelph Mercury

When I moved to Guelph in 2001, I didn’t know much about the place. I knew it had a university because Carin and some other friends of mine went there and I would visit them sometimes, I knew it had a couple of radio stations because that’s the sort of thing I tend to know, I knew it had a mall because I’d been in it once or twice, I knew the names of a few random businesses through word of mouth and years of watching CKCO, and I knew it had hockey and baseball teams for basically the same reasons. All of this is to say that when I got there, I was pretty well lost and useless.

I eventually figured things out, of course. Necessity tends to force that issue. but it wasn’t just necessity that helped me along. There were also those aforementioned friends, more than a few assists from some mostly kind strangers, and the Guelph Mercury.

Until last week when it became the latest victim of media cost cutting, the Merc was Guelph’s daily newspaper of record. And now, as crazy as it sounds, a city of well over 100000 people no longer has one.

I’m not sure how true this is in every town (I can’t say I’ve noticed quite the same thing reading the Waterloo Record, for instance), but once I started reading the Mercury fairly regularly, it didn’t take long for me to start putting together a picture of what Guelph was. Every day brought new stories about fun things to do, places I should avoid, activists doing good work, activists who’s hearts may have been in the right place while their brains had very clearly taken a walk, silly local outrages that some crank felt needed attention, entirely logical outrages that some crank (Carin and I included) felt needed attention and so much more, all put together in a package that gave Guelph an identity and a character I could relate to, making it feel less like a mysterious mishmash of university students, bars and vegetarian restaurants and more like someplace that felt as though it might just be home. thanks to the Mercury, I could have a conversation about something Guelphish with someone without sounding like a total fool. Thanks to the Mercury, my radio shows were a little better and a bit more focused…sometimes. And thanks to the Mercury, even though I haven’t lived there in over three years, Guelph still feels more like a hometown to me than anyplace else I’ve lived.

And now it’s gone, and it sucks.

I’m sure that eventually something will come along to fill at least some of the void. Hell, If I know Guelph, City Hall might already have four or five new citizen reporters lined up to blog the blow by blow of every open meeting. And while that’s great and I absolutely encourage it, it’s not going to teach Guelph to the next me the way that the Merc did, and it’s not going to hold those in power accountable the way that the Merc did, either. It’s a lot easier to bully some dude with a Twitter account into silence than it is a newspaper with the resources to chase down stories. And that’s the biggest shame in all of this. Guelph has so many stories, good and bad, that deserve to be chased down. Who’s going to be able to do that on a wide enough scale now? No matter how you feel about newspapers, the truth is that every city needs them and that all of us, whether we read them or not, are worse off when they disappear.

Is Your Brother Home? No, But Since I Don’t Want You To Have Wasted Your Time…

For the sake of Rezwan Hussain, we’ll go over this one more time.

If the police come to your house looking for someone who isn’t you, they aren’t looking for you. Stay cool, don’t panic, and whatever you do, don’t throw packages of drugs out the window, especially if their landing spot is right next to where the police car is still parked. This should be elementary level stuff to a guy who’s running a multi-million dollar drug operation, but I suppose that’s why the words should and is mean different things.

Greater Manchester Police initially visited the property to speak to Hussain’s brother about an unrelated matter in March of this year.
But while he told police that his brother wasn’t home at the time, Hussain panicked and threw the drugs out of the window – before they were subsequently discovered by officers returning to their vehicle.
A further search of the property led police to discover a ‘sophisticated’ set up in the basement’s property – with items such as a cocaine purity test, a hydraulic press and digital scales discovered alongside a 250 kg drugs haul.

Amusingly, police still haven’t found the brother, at least not at the time of this report. Hussain, on the other hand, won’t be hard to locate for the next 11 and a half years.

This Chili’s Got A Real Bite To It

I made a nice big pot of chili a couple days ago. Thankfully Carin wasn’t home when I did, because I sure would have hated to have to stab her in the leg had she offered to help.

Officer Jennifer Moreno says a 26-year-old is accused of attacking his 35-year-old wife and a 30-year-old man who is a family acquaintance around 5:10 a.m. Friday on the city’s west side.
Moreno tells The Detroit News the acquaintance stirred the pot, which was on the stove, and the man apparently didn’t like that. Moreno says the acquaintance told police the man bit and stabbed him because he “was unhappy about him stirring the chili.”

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of bites and stab wounds to the thigh which were said to be non-life-threatening. The wife, who I guess got caught in the fray, apparently didn’t need medical treatment. Our ill-tempered chef, meanwhile, was arrested. Police say they aren’t releasing his name until charges are officially filed.

Little Old Lady Who

If one hasn’t already been found, the city of Cranston, Rhode Island is in need of a new executive director for its Senior Enrichment Center. This is because Sue Stenhouse (A.K.A. the one they had) has turned in her resignation after it came out that she enlisted one of the center’s male bus drivers to dress up as an old woman and pretend to be a resident during a press conference. You know, because old folks are quite the scarce commodity at seniors centres…or something…I guess.

NBC 10 News covered the press conference last week at the Cranston Senior Center. Sources told the I-Team that the bus driver for the senior center masqueraded as a woman to make it look good for the media.
Video and pictures from the Jan. 5 press conference show the man standing next to Stenhouse and Mayor Allan Fung.
The man was wearing a dress, earrings, lipstick, a wig, as well as a tag that read, “Cranston Senior Home Resident.”

When a reporter went to her home in the hopes of getting an interview, Stenhouse initially offered no comment beyond go away, but then thought better of it and decided to say a few words. Though we know little about her judgment beyond what we’ve just seen, you may nonetheless be able to guess how that went.

“I’ve been in a meeting all night being a great public servant for the city of Warwick,” she said. “And now I get this bullshit.”

Probably should have stuck with go away, Sue.

There’s An Ear In My Beer

According to the complaint, officers were called Friday evening to a domestic assault on Seventh Avenue South. Upon arrival, officers met with Elrod and her husband.
Officers noted in the criminal complaint that the husband was missing part of his right ear. During a search of the apartment, officers found blood as well as a part of victim’s ear on the floor, the complaint said.

Good god, this must have been serious! Did he cheat on her? Squander their life savings? Beat her up? Try to kill her?

Um…not quite.

According to the police, the victim and an apparent admission to the crime in a jailhouse phone call, the reason Jamie Elrod’s husband was short half an ear is that she had bitten it off during an argument over beer. No brand of beer was provided, which unfortunately leaves us no way of determining how reasonable her position may have been.

Elrod, who told police at the scene that she had no idea how that happened when confronted with the evidence, was being held on $30000 bond after being charged with first-degree assault.

Toronto Has Uber Wav

This is good news. Let’s hope it keeps spreading. I always feel a little guilty taking Uber knowing that there’s no way for someone in a wheelchair to take it. I know it could be tricky to pull off with Uber’s model but I always hoped there’d be a way.

Now, Uber WAV is a thing in Toronto. If you’re wondering, WAV stands for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles. I really hope to see an option like that everywhere there is Uber.

United Breaks The Bank

United Airlines is facing millions in federal fines for failing to properly accommodate travelers with disabilities on numerous occasions.
The U.S. Department of Transportation said this week that it is fining the airline $2 million in response to disability-related complaints in 2014.
An investigation found that United did not provide proper assistance for passengers with disabilities getting on and off planes and in moving through airport terminals in Houston, Chicago, Denver, Newark, N.J. and at Washington Dulles International Airport, the Transportation Department said.

The airline is also accused of failing to return wheelchairs and other mobility or assistive devices to passengers in a timely fashion or in the same condition in which they started, which is a no no, in case you were wondering.

Your Telecom Provider Is Going To Have To Tell You Lots Of Things You Want To Know, Such As The True Cost Of That Promotion They’re Bugging You To Sign Up For

You know when you’re talking to your cable company or your phone company or your internet people and they’re all like “I’ve got a great offer for you. It’ll only cost you $15 per month for the first 3 months” and you’re all like “what’s it going to cost me after that” and they don’t want to tell you? That sucks, doesn’t it? I mean shit, do I ever hate that. You know who else hates that? the CRTC, which has officially decided fuck that noise…soonishly. There are some other nice sounding goodies in here too, but that one’s my favourite given everyone’s love for the misleading promotional offer.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today unveiled a Code that will help Canadians make more informed choices about their television service providers and resolve disputes in a fair and effective manner.
During the Let’s Talk TV proceedings, many Canadians said that cable and satellite companies do not always provide adequate information about service packages and pricing. As a result, in March 2015, the CRTC published a draft Code that addressed the issues raised during Let’s Talk TV. The Code was designed to ensure consumers have access to as much information as possible regarding television service providers so they can make informed decisions.
The Code will result in a number of improvements for Canadians. Among them, television service providers will have to:
•provide consumers with the information they need in a format that is easy to understand, including the list of channels or bundles they subscribe to
•clearly set out the duration of promotional offers, the regular price once any discounts end, and any obligations placed on a consumer if they accept the offer, such as a minimum commitment period
•provide customers with a timeframe and information on any potential charges regarding service calls for installations and repairs
•ensure that prices set out in written agreements are clear and state whether they include taxes or other charges, and
•give 30 days’ notice to consumers in the event of a change in price of channels, bundles of channels or rental equipment.
In addition, television service providers will have to offer Canadians with disabilities a 30-day trial period, which will enable them to decide whether the service meets their needs. Canadians with disabilities will also be able to request a copy of their agreements in an alternative format, which will have to be provided at no charge upon request.
During consultations, some television service providers resisted these new obligations and wanted adherence to the Code to be voluntary. To ensure that Canadians benefit from its protections, the CRTC has decided that the Code will become mandatory on September 1, 2017. This implementation time frame will give companies enough time to change their computer systems and processes. Once it is fully implemented, 95% of Canadians who subscribe to a television service provider will benefit from the Code.
There is, however, nothing preventing television service providers from adopting the Code before it comes into force. They are strongly encouraged to make the necessary adjustments to their respective processes so that Canadians may benefit from the Code as soon as possible.
The CRTC considered a number of ways to implement the Code and felt that an implementation by way of condition of license to be the best method. Television Service Providers will therefore be required to comply with the Code by way of condition of license. This condition of license will be imposed by their next licence renewal.