The Calgary Zoo said it has no plans to remove a dancing elephant statue after a complaint from a Christian group that it’s an inappropriate religious icon. A private donor gave the statue, modeled after the Hindu god Ganesh, to the zoo in 2006 to stand in front of the Asian elephant exhibit.
As CBC News first reported, Concerned Christians Canada sent a letter raising its concerns that the statue was “selective religious partiality” to the zoo on Thursday.
“A lot of people are saying we’re being intolerant. I don’t consider asking that the zoo look at this from a balanced perspective being intolerant,” said national chairman Jim Blake on Friday.
Zoo officials said the three-metre-tall statue has no religious symbols and is meant to simply show the link between elephants and Asian culture.
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A former Calgary Transit worker [D.J. Hamilton] has admitted stealing more than $375,000 from the city over seven years by palming coins off a conveyor belt, stashing the money in his locker and packing it into a knapsack before he left work each day…
…the agreed statement of facts entered into the court record Thursday suggests Hamilton’s theft came to light due to anonymous tips that led to an investigation by the city’s corporate security department.
Through a special court, the city was able to recover approximately $249,769.66.
Hamilton told the city’s corporate security department that the “bulk of the money he stole from the city had remained in his garage and was seized” under the order.
According to Hamilton’s attorney Hamilton says he’s sorry. I wonder if he is sorry he did it, or sorry he was caught. After all, this went on for almost 20 years.