“If Ottawa wasn't willing to stand up for [Maher] Arar, who really was innocent of all terror-related charges, what chance is there for Omar Khadr, whose situation seems far murkier? ”
Columnist Thomas Walkom nails it. Our gutless feds junk due process in a flash when their masters demand it, all the way to accepting the extrajudicial detention and torture of a Canadian teenager who was 14 when first apprehended. Like, what's next?
Do as I say, not as I drill
If you heard the bad news about the U.S. Congress officially opening the Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drillers, you probably also heard the indignant "How could they's!" surging across Canada like a human wave at a Leafs game. Awful smug of us, considering that our environment minister recently green-lighted a De Beers diamond project in northern Ontario that would suck the water out of 2,000 square kilometres of traditional native land. And if our PM is so displeased with wildlife disruption, maybe he should put a stop to zinc mining exploration on the borders of the fragile Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories. But perhaps that's just too close to home.
It was nice to see Doug Holyday's grovelling apology to the family of Toronto's first Jewish mayor for proposing to sell off the naming rights to Nathan Phillips Square. After a public outcry, it seems the square gets to keep its name. Sort of. No sooner had Holyday vowed not to undermine Phillips's memory than he was proposing to pawn parts of the civic space to corporate donors. C'mon down to the Labatt Ice Rink, everyone.
Oh, how the high-rise has fallen
So people power can stop a development mega-project. Especially if you're a funder with a million bucks to yank from reno efforts and your angry neighbours include Yorkville socialites and the richest university in Canada. Still, it's groovy we've saved Philosopher's Walk. Now, if we could just give the planetarium back to the stoners for their Dark Side Of The Moon laser shows.
Oh, the hypocrisy. Wonder whether Dalton McGuinty felt the teensiest twinge of shame for bringing representatives of the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers' Marketing Board with him on his trade mission to China the same week that his health promotion minister announced new anti-smoking initiatives back home. Guess the Chinese must have stronger lungs than ours. How else could the pol, who's poised to introduce a province-wide ban on smoking in all enclosed public spaces, bank on boosting exports of the addictive product? So much for the one world, one lung philosophy.