News for Youse: Jonathan Bacon killing, Adrian Dix glitch, Oscar winners, and Canucks shellacked

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      Police announcement on gang murder  Early this afternoon, the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is expected to hold a news conference announcing charges in connection with the 2011 shooting of Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna.

      Cops clarify Elisa Lam situation  The Los Angeles Police Department says it is awaiting the results of toxicology tests before it can declare how UBC student Elisa Lam died. Her body was found in a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel.

      Dix offers change for the better  In a speech yesterday to NDP members in Burnaby, Leader Adrian Dix test-drove his party's new slogan for the election: Change for the better—one practical step at a time. But there was a glitch when the NDP livestream didn't work, preventing the speech from going out across the province over the Internet.

      Argo wins best picture  Ben Affleck wasn't nominated in the best director category, but his film Argo still captured the best-picture honour. Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took home Oscars for best actor and best actress, and Ang Lee won the Academy Award for best director for Life of Pi.

      British Columbians honoured  Salt Spring Island set decorator Jim Erickson won an Oscar for best production design for his work on Lincoln; Vancouver artist Guillaume Rocheron captured an Academy Award for best visual effects for his work on Life of Pi. More information is available here.

      Bank profits seen as barometer  This week, several large Canadian banks will release earnings reports, which are seen as a test of the Canadian economy's strength.

      Archbishop quits  Cardinal Keith O'Brien, an archbishop of Scotland, has quit after allegations that he sexually abused men studying for the priesthood.

      South Korea swears in president  The first female president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has taken the oath of office and called on North Korea to cease testing nuclear weapons.

      Raul Castro says he'll stay in power  Cuban president Raul Castro, 81, has announced that he'll retire in five years and named Miguel Diaz-Canel as his second-in-command.

      Canucks blown out in Detroit  The Red Wings annihilated the Canucks 8-3 yesterday at Joe Louis Arena, thanks in part to three unanswered power-play goals in the second period.


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      Feb 25, 2013 at 11:31am

      How sad that we measure the performance of our economy based on the obscene profits of large Canadian banks, which the government pretends are regulated.

      "Yep, Canada is doing great folks! We're so ridicuously rich, we can't believe it! Yee-Haw!!"