“Does he want the death penalty for them, too?”
Lawyer Heather Perkins-McVey comments on Justice Minister Vic Toews’s refusal to rule out the incarceration of kids under 12 in his proposal to expand the age of criminal responsibilty.
What's next, a bar fight?
Justice David Marshall must just be itching to rumble. Why else would he again order the eviction of native protestors in Caledonia and demand an end to land claim negotiations until the First Nations have been turfed? This mindless bravado is certainly scoring with John Tory's camp. Luckily, Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant had the good sense to appeal the decision. Just hope the appellate judge doesn't have money vested in the film sequel to Oka: The Showdown.
Parliamentary floor-crossings don't shock Canadians any more. They might as well put out a board game where the object is to jump ship without losing your seat. Mississauga-Streetsville MP Wajid Khan took home the prize last week when he accepted the role of special adviser to Stephen Harper on the Middle East. At least his flipped-out colleagues forced him to step down as Liberal defence critic, but he's yet to be turfed from the party. Guess anything goes while the Libs flop around in the breeze waiting for December.
Yawn on the waterfront
The Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corp's million-dollar toss-away for a temporary promenade and bike trail at Queens Quay looks like it was engineered by the Ministry of Public Amusement. Don't get us wrong -- we love shutting down car lanes. But organizers should have left the programming to the folks who know how to take over roads, like the Reclaim the Streets or Car-Free Kensington types. They would've conjured the stilt-walkers, chalk artists, djembe drummers and street-wide chess game. Who put this together, a bunch of accountants?
Lies my minister told me
Wow, you'd think Stephen Harper's brawn-happy regime would stick to its guns after his minister of defence promised back in May that those flimsy, bomb-blastable G-Wagon trucks would be kept off Afghanistan's dangerous roads. Alas, a memo released this week revealed that Minister Gordon O'Connor was clearly talking out of his ass. This week, Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom died in a suicide blast while riding in one of these. How many more soldiers are we going to lose to ministerial ineptitude?