R. Jeanette Martin
Waiting on a prayer
The American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Human Rights First and Human Rights Watch have all taken up his cause. But not even the most powerful human rights groups in the world, it seems, can save Omar Khadr, child soldier, political prisoner, suspected Taliban fighter, lone Western national still stuck in Guantánamo, from political indifference. Pleas from protesters at demos held in front of U.S. consulates across the country, including in T.O. last week, failed to persuade the U.S. president to drop military commission charges against Khadr. Our prime minister, meanwhile, has washed his hands.
Photo By Paul Terefenko
Timmy's taking another bite out of the core and Queen West's cool (?) with its takeover of the dark space long ago vacated by the Queenshead.
The Federal Court of Appeal cuts off a hearing into conflict of interest allegations against the prime minister - after the federal ethics commissioner refused to rule on Harper's handling of the Mulroney-Schreiber payoffs scandal.
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U.S. war resister Kim Rivera, before her skedded deportation back to the U.S., shares a meal, stories and songs and lights a candle for peace in Iraq with friends.
The year scientists say BC's ancient forests will begin releasing more carbon than they absorb.
ON THE RECORD
We thought the cops had caught the notorious west-end arsonist last summer. There was an arrest. But we woke up from the chill Monday to find out he'd struck again. Eighteen months and 22 fires later, detective Judy Nosworthy answers the burning question: just who is this firebug wreaking havoc in the west end?
We're working on the assumption that he lives in or is very familiar with the area. All the fires have been set within a few streets, in a very concentrated area (between Jane and the Humber River, Dundas and Bloor). The escape routes he's taken, you'd have to know they were there. The OPP's Behavioural Sciences Unit has provided a profile. Personally, it's pretty CSI stuff. I just don't know. But they're saying the arsonist is a male, white, between 18 and 35 years old, someone who's disgruntled. Given the extent of the damage, I'd say this person doesn't have a lot of regard for people in general. He doesn't bring combustibles with him; he just burns what's on his route. And they all happen within a very short time on the same night. This is why we're appealing to the public: Someone in your household is off. Someone in your household is lighting these fires.
Image Courtesy of: Housepaint/ ROM
Housepaint, Phase 2: Shelter, the Royal Ontario Museum's exhibit of 10 canvas houses painted by street artists in memory of the former residents of Tent City. Tonight (Thursday, January 29), in conjunction with an evening on homelessness with street nurse Cathy Crowe, a screening of Michael Connolly's Shelter From The Storm and a panel discussion.