Gas prices are beyond the control of the federal government, Stephen Harper says. He points to his two cents on the dollar tax cut as the best way to help consumers save some money. Harper also plans to help consumers buy more wisely by tightening guidelines as to how much Canadian content foodstuffs must have in order to be labelled "made in Canada." An Ontario man running across Canada to raise money for autism has been going strong in the east since late March despite some snowstorms. A Quebec man has pleaded not guilty to charges in the killing of a police constable and the attempted murder of the constable's partner, while two Ontario men are facing hate crime charges after a skeleton, painted black, was found on flagpole flying the Confederate flag outside a police officer's home.
The inflation rate has exceeded one million per cent in Zimbabwe, putting basic food goods at prices unaffordable to many Zimbabweans. In Kenya, a group of 300 men killed 11 people accused of being witches or wizards, sometimes clubbing them to death or slitting their throats before burning their bodies. Meanwhile, peace talks have resumed between Israel and Syria after an eight-year break. A change is coming for the U.S. after eight years of George W. Bush, and a poll indicates that if it were up to Canadians Democrat Barack Obama would beat Republican John McCain by an almost four-to-one margin – 56 per cent to 15 per cent.
Whitney Houston has been cleared of drug charges, Wesley Snipes is appealing federal tax convictions, and Billy Bob Thornton is facing a police report that claims he bugged his former sister-in-law's home. And the verdict is in: David Cook, not Archuleta, is America's new idol.