In a grudging acknowledgement that Canadians are still entitled to some measure of freedom of speech, the Ontario Human Rights Commission dismissed a complaint against Maclean’s magazine for articles critical of Islamic fundamentalism, saying the Commission had no jurisdiction over print. However, the Commission—whose members are not required to have training in law, journalism, or, um, anything, really—did say that the articles caused “serious harm” to society with their “destructive, xenophobic opinions.” That’s nice. The Human Rights Commission is nice. Muslims are nice. It’s very nice to live in Ontario.
We could know soon if there’s going to be a TTC strike, with the the main union planning to hold a press conference this morning. Mayor David Miller says he will cancel or cut short his planned trade mission to China next week if there is a strike. He was relatively critical of the unions, saying, “We’re not in the position to give really generous settlements of collective agreements” before diminishing the impact of his statement by winking at union reps and adding, “If that’s OK with you guys.”
Ontario is considering a law where drivers caught in possession of illegal firearms would be stripped of their licences and have their cars impounded. On the one hand, if you’re carrying an illegal gun around, you probably aren’t worried about driving without a licence. On the other, it’s better than nothing, but you gotta hope that’s not the only thing left in the anti-gun crime toolkit.
The federal Tories have failed in yet another attempt to commit governmental suicide, as the Liberals avoided an election one more time by speaking out against, then voting for, a bill that includes controversial immigration changes. You know, it’s hard to imagine any electoral outcome that would see the Liberals being more useless an opposition than they are right now.
Crude oil, gas and heating oil prices all hit record highs yesterday, partly as a result of a collapsing U.S. dollar and partly because of low supplies in the U.S. Time to dig up another twelve zillion acres of Alberta!
Photo by Joelf.