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Newsstand: October 29, 2009

Wuh-hoa! Fans of top-notch investigative reporting need not look any further than the Star’s front page, above the fold, today. The newspaper has apparently managed to get its hands on a classified photo of Omar Khadr in Afghanistan that appears to exonerate the Guantanamo Bay detainee and former child soldier in the murder of American soldier Christopher Speer. The magic photo itself, however, is conspicuously missing from the Star’s coverage, which might raise a few eyebrows. Will this be enough to change Ottawa’s longstanding policy of being cool with letting Khadr rot in an inhumane prison and then go to hell? If today’s story holds together, there’s bound to be some heat on the government—but maybe Stephen can cool things down with another Beatles cover.
Oh noez! The internet’s most popular driver is arrested! Toronto cops rounded up Tripta Kaushal yesterday after one week on the case. She’s being charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident after—in case you missed this—driving her BMW over two parked cars. Not one parked car. Two. Kaushal rolls into court on December 1.
The TTC’s long-term budget will be taking a short turn, leaving behind $548 million worth of projects that’ll be frozen or cut outright, in addition to the $417 million they already had to cut. And the city is bailing them out with an additional $300 million. Clearly Metropass users are to blame—you monsters!
Deciding when you or your kids are sick enough to go to the hospital is a tough call, all the more so during the second wave of H1N1, when the Sick Kids ER is crammed with double its usual number of patients and hospitals are becoming the centres of their own outbreaks. Knowledge is power, and power makes you inviiincible, so now might be a good time to learn how to tell if you’ve caught the pig disease or just a plain vanilla flu.
A two-year-old and one woman escaped unharmed, but four other people were severely burned when their North York house exploded last night. The four injured men were taken to hospital, and police are saying the blast was a natural gas problem. It wouldn’t be the first time.
And we’re sorry to end with a sad story, but Toronto folk singer Taylor Mitchell, who was on her first East Coast tour, has died in a Halifax hospital after being attacked by coyotes while hiking solo in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Other hikers nearby came to her aid and scared off the animals, which rarely approach humans in the wild, but Mitchell passed away from her injuries a day later. She was only nineteen years old and had released one album, this year’s For Your Consideration, which brought her a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination. She started her career after graduating from the Etobicoke School of the Arts.
Here she is giving what turned out to be her final concert.

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  • http://undefined davedave

    Saying this photo proves Khadr is innocent is as stupid as arriving at a car crash after it happened and saying a drunk driver who landed in a tree couldn’t possibly have driven the car that crashed because he was in the tree.
    All this photo proves is Khadr was present during the attack. There is no proof that the debris fell on him before or after the grenade was thrown.
    It’s impossible to prove he threw it because nobody saw him throw it, and moreover there’s a guy right beside him who could have thrown it. So give him credit for time served and let him get on with his life.

  • http://undefined TokyoTuds

    I know there is a lot of hatred of Khadr and his family in Canada, but he was a child when apprehended and the U.S. government’s detention of him has been illegal and immoral the whole time. Our government should have likewise been pushing for his release the whole time.
    What kind of society imprisons and tortures children?

  • Mark Ostler

    You beat me to the punch. I was just about to point out that “credit for time served” would be an insult to international law, which prohibits the imprisonment of child soldiers.

  • http://undefined davedave

    What kind of family makes their 15 year old into a soldier?

  • http://undefined Solex

    What kind of society put a child soldier in jail when it violates Canadian and international law? And what kind of Canadian cheers it on and supports it?

  • http://undefined Mark Ostler

    A really shitty family, but that has nothing to do with the fact that Omar’s detention is illegal.

  • http://undefined davedave

    The charges are a farce, but are you saying they should have treated Khadr and released him because he wasn’t participating in the fire fight? Really? Wtf was he doing in that house? Playing Scrabble?
    The current laws aren’t exactly equipped to properly deal with child soldiers. Sure, they’re coerced/forced into it, but what are we supposed to do – say hey they’re kids aw shucks go back to grade ten? Does personal responsibility truly start at 18?

  • http://undefined TokyoTuds

    Mark and Solex are right: Khadr’s imprisonment is unforgivable, and he will need counseling for the rest of his life to overcome his abuse.
    The issue of child soldiers is one that rears its ugly head all over the world and throughout history. After WWII, a more enlightened society decided that children should be rehabilitated rather than punished as adults.
    http://www.un.org/children/conflict/english/childsoldiers.html

  • http://undefined davedave

    So who’s responsible for putting Khadr in the house? Al Qaeda or his parents? Or both?
    And exactly what course of action should have been taken when he was removed from the rubble?

  • http://undefined Mark Ostler

    Actually it was Yahtzee. Way to read too much into my comments, davedave.
    I’m not saying that he’s 100% innocent, but there are guidelines set by the UN to treat child soldiers. The Paris Principles (http://www.un.org/children/conflict/english/paris-principles.html) set out “guidelines on the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of all categories of children associated with armed groups.”
    There is a rehabilitation process to accompany international laws forbidding the imprisonment of child soldiers. The law does not simply tell states to send the kids back to school.

  • http://undefined davedave

    (Al Qaeda/Taliban/extremists/whoever)

  • http://undefined TokyoTuds

    The point is that Omar Khadr himself was not responsible for being there as he was a minor. That is why minors are not treated as adults.
    And what course of action? Charged and held in children’s detention, and if convicted, handed over to rehabilitation programs operated by UNICEF as has previously been done. Or return him to his home country and have him enter mandatory rehabilitation under supervision:
    http://www.thestar.com/News/GTA/article/447160
    But don’t throw a child into the worst kind of prison since Soviet gulags and torture him. He may even turn out to be innocent, but the U.S. has tainted so much evidence by employing torture, they have messed things up for all of us who want justice and security along with our civil rights.

  • http://undefined davedave

    That’s exactly the answer I was hoping you’d post.

  • http://undefined EricSmith

    It’s impossible to prove he threw it because nobody saw him throw it

    And even if he did throw it, he would have thrown it at people who were busy shooting at him, which has always made the legal proceedings against him kind of baffling to me. “Sarge! Call the cops! The enemy is shooting back!”

    But, hey, Osama’s still on the loose, so I guess that proves that torture works. Or something.