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News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published November 18, 2014

  Government in Action

Oops: The Rural Municipality of Hanover, Manitoba, has prohibited alcohol sales for more than a century -- or at least that's what everyone in the community believed as recently as 2006 when the last attempt was made to repeal the ban (and failed by 30 votes). However, town officials finally decided recently to research the prohibition (examining records back to 1880) and in July revealed, astonishingly, that no city bylaw exists making the town dry. At least one restaurateur is expected to start serving booze soon. [Canadian Press via National Post, 7-24-2014]

In August, Katja Kipping, the leader of Germany's largest opposition party (the liberal Die Linke), proposed to grant all welfare families a cash voucher of the equivalent of about $640 in order to allow each a summer vacation. "For me," she said, "the holidays of my childhood are among the most beautiful memories," and she is saddened that "3 million children this summer cannot experience what a holiday means." [Daily Telegraph (London), 8-11-2014]

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