First. Russia’s parliament on Friday declared Stalin responsible for ordering the Katyn massacre of Polish officers in Second World War, a crime Moscow spent decades blaming on the Nazis to the fury of Poland. The resolution came amid reports that President Dmitry Medvedev intended to launch a major new “deStalinization” drive that reminded Russians of the Soviet dictator’s crimes and declassified once-secret information. -Agence France-Press Moscow.
Second. A new Master of Public Policy degree program was unveiled at the University of Calgary on Thursday, aiming to address what’s expected to be a growing gap in highly skilled civil servants. The first-year class, which begins in September, 2011, will be limited to 35 students. Information on the program can be found at www.policyschool.ca/students. -Calgary Herald.
Third. A high school student who became a quadriplegic after a rollover during a school outing to a golf course is suing for more than $18 million. In a Court of Queen’s Bench lawsuit filed on Friday, lawyers acting on behalf of Carissa Louise Irwin say the student of HJ Cody High School in Sylvan Lake suffered extensive injuries and financial hardships as a result of the crash on June 9, 2009. -Calgary Herald.
Fourth. ParisByMouth.com follows the foodie trends, scours the online Paris buzz and highlights what’s hot right now from more than a dozen contributing editors and writers. Sinking your teeth into this blog is like wandering the streets of Paris searching for that perfect chocolate eclair, click on “Our Guide to Paris” to find articles. -Los Angeles Times.
Fifth. Join the party on the Great Barrier Reef near Australia (Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay), journey under the sea. The corals, dozens of shapes and sizes in pinks and yellows and blues, were just as one can imagine, yet hard to believe at the same time. The fish were cartoon-like – especially the clown fish that have become favorites with tourists since the animated movie “Finding Nemo”. Calgary Herald, Saturday, November 27, 2010.