“This process does not meet the test of fundamental justice.”
Lawyer Paul Copeland on why the Supreme Court of Canada should ban secret trials held under security certificates.
John Bitove Jr., part owner of Canadian Satellite Radio, is beginning to look like a shill for U.S. cultural interests now that the feds are threatening to reverse a CRTC decision that only requires 10 per cent of stations carried by satellite radio operators to be Canadian. Maybe if his partners in the U.S. were a little more serious about providing airtime for Canadian acts - CanCon regs mandate 35 per cent on our non-satellite stations - we'd be more sympathetic. As it stands, Johnny Boy, you're whistling Dixie.
Nation needs new pitch
UpFront has been receiving an unusual number of calls about Nation of Islam types hitting up passersby with some hardball sales tactics at Yonge and Bloor. But we didn't know they're promoting black stereotypes. The Celebrating Black History booklet that disciples are offering for a donation pumps Clarence Gregg, inventor of a machine gun, among other inventors, and a host of black athletes instead of the contributions of noted Canuck blacks like Anderson Ruffin Abbott, the first black physician, or William P. Hubbard, the first black acting mayor of T.O. The Nation needs a new sales pitch.
Cops’ name shame
It's been a long time coming, but Toronto cops will soon be wearing name tags. Chief Bill Blair should be commended for following through on the plan after the police services board only agreed in principle to adopt name tags last year. The move will go a long way toward restoring public confidence. Blair could go one better by bringing back the blue uniforms that Julian Fantino replaced with black ones, meant to inspire fear, not respect.
Incredible growing bus shelters
In a small victory for public space advocates, the TTC voted four to three last week against installing video advertising inside subway cars. It's not like we need more visual distractions in the underground. The TTC can now turn its attention to capping those ad installations, like 8-foot-tall Listerine bottles, now growing out of bus shelters. Someone should check the fine print in the contract.