“Someone is going to be hurt.”
Not exactly the words we would use to defuse a potentially volatile native situation, but, then, Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice has threatened financial penalties, too, if natives go through with threats to stop freight on the rails this summer.
Praying for peace
In a week when Jewish-black relations took another hit (see article opposite page), we're glad to see that Muslims and Jews elsewhere in the city are coming together. A Light Unto The Nations, which runs through Sunday (May 20) at Lennox Contemporary on Ossington, brings together Muslim and Jewish photographers in an exhibit outlining the consequences of intolerance. It's not a pretty picture. But it reminds us once again that we can either teach love or wallow in hate.
NDP abandons ship
The NDP promised to work for constructive change in Ottawa, but is the party selling out in the process? With the Greens charging, it's looking more and more like Jack's crew will do anything - well, just about - to avoid going to the polls. This week the party propped up the Harperites again by supporting their bill on mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes. Sidling up to the Tories won't win the NDP any votes, but it will definitely lose them their base. Time for the conscience of Canada to start acting like it has one again.
Cops? show of force
We're always leery of police stats showing a marked decrease in public complaints - a 14 per cent drop in 2006, according to Professional Standards' semi-annual report. Compared to other police stats, like police use of force incidents, which are up 14 per cent (2,264 incidents in 2006 compared to 1,936 the year before), the dip doesn't seem so impressive. The kicker is that discipline charges against police are also up a staggering 34 per cent. We hope this means the force is trying to clean up its act, not that more cops are running afoul of the law. With stats, you never know.
Now that David Radler's off the stand, we hope Conrad Black suck-up Christie Blatchford will be dispatched by her Globe bosses to parts unknown, maybe a return engagement to the war everyone's forgetting in Afghanistan? Her daily defences of Lord Black, her former boss at the Post, have been embarrassing. Maybe it's her way of getting back at Globe editors she's reportedly fond of riding for not running her columns on the front page any more.