An Ontario man ran afoul of provincial police this week after spending a night at home with his pet parrot.
Police in Brighton, between Toronto and Kingston, said they were originally called to a home at 8 p.m. on Tuesday after neighbours heard what they believed to be a domestic dispute.
Northumberland OPP Const. Steve Bates said the neighbours knew the home was usually occupied by a couple, but police found only one person when they arrived.
“They heard him yelling and saying, ‘I hope you die,’ and so on and so forth,” Bates said. “So we attended and we located the male of the household alone in the house screaming at his pet parrot who apparently was ‘beaking off’ at him, in his words.”
The man had been drinking, Bates said, adding that the parrot did not appear to be hurt in any way.
Before Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson took to the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans at a sold out Toronto show Saturday night, he was soaring over Hamilton in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s prized Lancaster Bomber.
The storied aircraft, nicknamed Vera because of its VRA flight initials, holds a special place in the heart of the banshee-throated singer, said museum CEO and pilot David Rohrer.
“The first model airplane he ever built as a young lad was a Lancaster,” Rohrer told CBC News.
I don’t post enough ‘good news’ stories any more; here’s one:
It was just after 1 a.m. Thursday when U.S. Border Patrol marine units based in Buffalo, N.Y., noticed a house on fire on the Canadian shoreline near Niagara Falls, Ont.
The border agents didn’t spot any firefighters or rescue vehicles, so they manoeuvred their boats close to shore and set off their sirens and shone spotlights to alert the residents.
The agents eventually came ashore and one led a family of four, including two children, out of the burning house to a safe spot across the road.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a second agent led another family of four to safety from a house adjacent to the blaze while the commander of a second American patrol boat contacted the RCMP to let them know what was going on.
Glad for the great relationship between our countries! 🙂