News Briefs

<strong>Waterloo gets an A as an international destination</strong>

After an analysis of the 2011 census, the Conference Board of Canada announced that Waterloo is the top destination for immigrants,&nbsp; <em>The Record </em>reports. The board compared 50 cities in Canada based on seven criteria: society, health, economy, environment, education, innovation, and housing.

Specifically, Waterloo was awarded top marks in education, innovation, economy, and housing. However, nearby cities did not achieve the same high ranking as Waterloo: Guelph ranked 25, Kitchener 28, and Cambridge 49.

<strong>Close call for Great Britain: Scottish voters say no to independence</strong>

In a vote Sept. 18, Scots went to the polls to decide upon a monumental question: should Scotland become independent of Great Britain?

&nbsp;Scotland has been a part of Great Britain for 307 years, writes the <em>National Post</em>. The vote turned in favour of remaining in Great Britain: 55 per cent of voters said no to independence, and 45 per cent said yes. Furthermore, an outstanding 85 per cent of eligible voters went to the polls.

In exchange for remaining part of Great Britain, Scotland has been promised more powers from the British government. The vote&rsquo;s influence has sparked great interest in regions outside of Great Britain who are said to be considering taking action to become independent. Some of these regions include: Flanders in Belgium, the Catalonia region in Spain, and Quebec, Canada.

<strong>End of prohibition for Iqaluit</strong>

It&rsquo;s been 38 years since Iqaluit has had a liquor store but that will soon be changing, reports the <em>National Post.</em>

Nunavut has long been a dry territory, where alcohol is more closely regulated than firearms. The need for prohibition was realized in the 1970s when the Frobisher Bay liquor store was held responsible for 49 deaths over the course of 15 years.

The liquor store was closed in 1975 after being blamed in the death of a young boy killed in a drunken snowmobile crash.

&nbsp;It is estimated that approximately 95 per cent of police involvement in some communities is alcohol related. Even though alcohol is either banned or restricted in most communities, there is still a substantial amount flowing through the territory. In fact, the Arctic black market makes an estimated $10 million every year from illegal alcohol sales.

Last year the Nunavut government voted to allow liquor stores to open in select communities in hopes that easy access to alcohol will lessen the appeal of binge drinking, and limit the resulting violence.

<strong>Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich</strong>

Last Saturday, the 181st Oktoberfest officially started in Munich, Germany. The famous celebration began after the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, tapped the official first keg.

According to Oktoberfest officials, the expected attendance is around six million people and the expected amount of beer consumption is around 6.9 million litres. The festivities run until Oct. 5. This event started in 1808 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian royalty. Oktoberfest will be celebrated in different cities around the world over the course of October. The KW official opening ceremonies will commence Oct. 10 and festivities will continue until Oct. 18.