What students are talking about today (October 22nd edition)

A pipeline protest, a really bad cartoon & black cats

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1. Critics of the Northern Gateway pipline project are hoping at least a thousand people will turn up today for a protest rally at the B.C. legislature in Victoria, reports The Canadian Press. The protests have been endorsed by unions such as the the Canadian Auto Workers, the B.C. Teacher’s Federation and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, plus celebrities including actor Ellen Page and singer Dan Mangan.

2. A student newspaper cartoonist has been fired from the Arizona Daily Wildcat after an anti-gay comic strip prompted thousands of complaints. The comic shows a father telling his son that if he’s gay, he will be shot with a shotgun, rolled into a carpet and thrown off a bridge. The boy says, “Well I guess that’s what you call a ‘Fruit Roll Up.’”

3. Animal welfare advocates say they no longer ban adoption of black cats at Halloween—a practice that stemmed from fears the animals would be harmed. In fact, the Ontario SPCA is now offering a discount on the adoption of black, orange and calico cats, reports The Canadian Press. How cute.

4. Fifty-five people were injured when a student party in an a Florida apartment caused the floor to collapse and guests started plummeting into a room below, reports USA Today. The party was near Florida State and Florida A&M universities and roughly 100 people were in attendance.

5. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said there would be no surprises in the 400-plus-page omnibus budget bill introduced last week. Aboriginal and environmental groups say they found surprises.

6. Flags at Carleton University are at half mast for student Krista Johnson, 27, who died after being struck by a car while cycling on Thursday. It was the fourth cycling death in Ottawa this year.

7. Heritage Minister James Moore told the Globe and Mail that he thinks “Canada’s history is so rich and so brilliant” that it should be taught in all high schools. Currently, only four provinces require it.

8. Police in Toronto have arrested a 15-year-old for a series of sexual assaults. Yes: 15-years old.

9. McMaster University’s Marauders football team managed to finish its season entirely undefeated on Saturday with a 43-0 score over the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks. That is impressive.

10. Students at Royal Military College are the latest make a parody video of Psy’s Gangnam Style, following videos by York and McMaster students. The video, complete with tanks and fatigues, is at nearly 70,000 views. A YouTube caption reads: “Thanks to the Chain of Command for approval!”

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