“I don't see how we can expect our judges to be immune to this.”
Lawyer Julian Falconer on the timing of last week's terror arrests just days before the Supreme Court looks at the rights of terrorism detainees being held under security certificates.
Rye High's honorary slap at gays
Ryerson plans to go ahead with plans to bestow an honorary degree on medical ethicist and anti-gay marriage activist Margaret Somerville. The administration has refused to revisit the controversial decision because of its supposed obligation to "free speech and to represent academic freedom even when the subject matters are difficult and challenging." But what about Rye High's responsibility to promote values of tolerance and respect? Somerville is, after all, promoting her views in her professional capacity, not just as a private person. And to think she will be honoured on the same day the rainbow flag is raised to kick off Pride festivities. Shame.
Crazy beards at the Globe
Perhaps the Globe was trying to poke fun at the maddening overreaction south of the border to last week's terror arrests - as if the media here weren't doing enough to whip the locals into fits of hysteria. But the good ol' Mop and Pail hit below the belt with its reference to Muslims as "crazy beards" in a front-page political cartoon in Saturday's paper. Provocative? No, just plain offensive. And we wonder why Canadian Muslims are feeling more alienated.
Pitfield from the peanut gallery
Someone in mayoral wannabe Jane Pitfield's campaign crew should put a gag on her before she says something really stupid. Arrest panhandlers; do away with the city's unions - there's no telling what bright ideas Lady Jane will come up with next. She's stumbled out of the gate so badly, you wonder how this perfectly competent local councillor got it into her head to run for the city's highest office in the first place. Good for the mayor. Bad for any kind of meaningful debate.
Sierra Club's nuclear reaction
The Sierra Club has reason to be freaked and frustrated by the McGuinty Liberals' on-again, off-again promises to kill poison-belching coal-fired plants. But using last week's terror arrests to raise the spectre of attacks on nuke facilities is no way for the org to respond to the province's plans to build more reactors. Sierra should be pumping renewables, not stoking people's fears.