International News Desk – At Home: Government decisions explained – Around the World: Passwords from the Grave

International News Desk – At Home: Government decisions explained – Around the World: Passwords from the Grave

At Home: Government decisions explained

Does it seem sometimes that government decisions are entirely random? It could be because sometimes, That’s exactly the way it is.

The National Post reports that Citizenship and Immigration Canada made a decision as to who would receive a one-year contract worth almost $200,000 by the flip of a coin. Or to be precise, by a best two-out-of-three flip of the coin. Both companies agreed to the unusual means of deciding the bid which came almost three months after the bidding process closed, agreeing that a fourth bid review would not give any additional information.

While this is the only instance of a coin-toss being used to make decisions known to Public Works Canada, they are aware of this method being used at the municipal level in various cities in Ontario.

Around the World: Passwords from the Grave

From Dunlap, California, the Tampa Bay Times reports that an escaped lion from a private zoo known as Cat Haven killed a volunteer working there on Thursday, March 7.

The 24 year old intern, Diana Hanson, was described by her father as a ?fearless? lover of big cats, and was killed while cleaning the cage enclosure. The lion had been placed in a smaller cage while she was doing this, but apparently managed to open it and snap Diana’s neck with a swipe of its paw. Her father reports that her goal was to work with big cats, and she had expressed frustrations to him that she was not allowed direct contact with the lion and tiger held at the zoo.

For good reason, it seems.

The owner of Cat Haven has pointed out that they’ve been incident free since 1998, and that safety protocols are in place. The investigation into what exactly happened in this case has not yet concluded.

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