“They’ve sent a strong message to the world that will bring a tremendous amount of comfort to Holocaust survivors.”
Canadian Jewish Congress exec Bernie Farber rejoices, but what does it say about our anti-hate laws that it took a German court to jail Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel?
Perhaps it's the recent rise in interest rates. Or a protest against ATM fees. Or maybe the prankster (or pranksters) thought it would be cool to make the Scotiabank logo outside the Bathurst and College branch look like a serpent. Who knows? With urban art, anonymity is the thing. In any case, it's fair to assume the snake likeness with fangs exposed - ready to cut you a sweet deal on a high-interest forbidden apple, no doubt - is not a sign of adoration. No one's come forward to lay claim to the guerrilla action, since it may lead to charges of defacing private property. But Scotia is not the most evil among money-lenders. According to Jantzi Research, which ranks businesses for environmental, social and governance performance, Scotia rates in the middle of the pack, ahead of CIBC, TD and BMO. Friendly neighbourhood guerrillas in our midst, take note.
Shelter crisis? What shelter crisis? Last week the city's shelter support and housing spokesperson, Patricia Anderson, shat on anti-poverty activists' claims that shelters are overcrowded. She told us that some 340 shelter beds go unused on any given night across the city. Why, then, is hostel services making available an extra 80 beds in its 4,060-space system during cold weather alerts? If there's no overcrowding problem, as city officials maintain, there'd be no need for the extra beds, right?
Justice, finally, for Mohammad Mahjoub, one of three Muslim men held without charge under a dreaded security certificate. Mahjoub was granted bail last week after six years behind bars. Ironic that the judge referenced Canada's respect for human rights as an overriding factor in his decision to grant Mahjoub bail. The security certificate process under which he was arrested (for alleged terrorist links to al Qaeda) does not require the government to make public the bulk of "evidence" against Mahjoub. And we thought that only happened in dictatorships.