Monday Medley: Bomb scare at CBC Toronto headquarters prompts evacuation

Police tactical officer and fire truck at an intersection in downtown Toronto.
Police tactical officer and fire truck at an intersection in downtown Toronto. Stock photo from iStock/Getty Images.

Ever since the Charlie Hebdo shootings in France earlier this year, media companies around the world have been on alert about threats.

Well, last Friday, the CBC headquarters in Toronto received quite the scare when they discovered an old military shell in their archives. CBC employees were doing inventory when they discovered the item.

Fearing that the old artifact could be an active bomb, employees called the police. Military bomb technicians were also called, and firefighters and paramedics were also at the scene.

The building was evacuated to keep everyone safe, but after a short period, people were given the all clear to go back into the building by police.

Toronto Fire platoon chief Trevor Trotter told the Toronto Sun that: "Bomb techs and our teams arrived on scene and evacuated the building, we did a full investigation. It was determined it was a prop basically and it was probably donated for use in film or whatever CBC wanted to use it for."

Whooping cough cases increasing in Manitoba

Remember whooping cough? One of these diseases that was supposedly eradicated?

Well, it seems it's making a comeback in southern Manitoba.

Quite a few cities in Manitoba have seen a rise in the illness. Among them: Niverville, Morden, Winkler, Morris, Emerson and Altona. These cities have seen a total of 40 whooping cough cases this year. Normally, there are only five or six cases a year.

Manitoba Medical Officer of Health for Vaccines, Dr. Tim Hilderman, is blaming the increase of cases on a decrease in vaccinations. More specifically, he’s blaming the outbreak on parents who are not getting their kids the proper number of vaccinations.

Vaccinations for this disease are considered only 80-85% effective but Hilderman states that out of the 40 cases, 36 were un-immunized.

The alarming thing is that this disease is especially dangerous for children and seniors.

In this case many of those affected are children. Twenty of the outbreaks occurred in children under the age of five; ten more were diagnosed in children between the ages of five to 14 and the rest were diagnosed in teenagers close to the age of 18.

B.C. woman charged with animal cruelty after leaving her cat to die

A cat had to be put down due to the negligence of a Salt Spring Island woman who neglected to provide her pet with the necessities of life.

The cat was rushed to a veterinary clinic by a concerned neighbour, but unfortunately had to be euthanized.

The animal was in terrible condition. Among its illnesses, Charlie the cat was flea ridden, malnourished, dehydrated and had an eye infection.

In fact, the cat was so malnourished, it scored the lowest score possible on a body-conditioning score table.

Dana Pennington was charged with animal cruelty after the SPCA investigated and is set to appear in court today.

The SPCA reminds pet owners that it is their responsibility to make sure that their pets are properly cared for at all stages of life.

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