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Weekly News Review: Pink Slip Patty erects protest piñata, Gatineau comes alive with colour, a chopper buzzes Parliament and more!

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If you’ve taken a trip down Centretown’s Florence Street lately, you might have been surprised to see an eight foot art installation lamenting the most recent round of public service job cuts. Erected by Shannon Lee Manion, aka Pink Slip Patty, the so-called pink slip piñata decries the government’s handling of job cuts by way of distributing pink slips to outgoing employees. Expect to see the avant-garde structure until the first snow hits the city.

If you’re looking for colours of a different sort, you might want to head over to Gatineau Park to take in the natural wonders of this year’s fall foliage. CBC reports that, despite a hot and dry summer not typically conducive to exposing the much sought after orange, yellow and red leaves, the views are quite lovely.

There are plans for a new footbridge spanning the Rideau Canal, and judging by the public reaction at an open meeting in late-September, community support for the project is strong. EMC reports that the structure will be  twice the length of the Corkstown Bridge, and will be located near the Canal Ritz on Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Visitors to Parliament Hill last week were surprised to see a helicopter swoop close to the top of the building as part of a daredevil stunt. There was no cause for concern however, as the fly-over was preapproved by government officials. The Citizen reports that the chopper was fitted with a state-of-the-art camera system, and was filming scenes for a new IMAX attraction scheduled to open at Vancouver’s Canada Place next spring.

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