Alright, here we go.
First off, via the Ottawa Sun: Feds paid out more than $368M for misdeeds ( bold my own ):
OTTAWA — The federal government paid out more than $368 million last year for misdeeds ranging from false arrests by the RCMP to accidents with army vehicles or lost personal items belonging to prison inmates.
According to Public Accounts documents tabled Wednesday, the RCMP shelled out $11.9 million to resolve claims against the Crown, including hundreds of settlements for damages to vehicles or personal property, excessive use of force or false arrest. There were also 11 claims worth $225,000 to settle human rights complaints and a $20,000 payout for “breach of Charter of Rights,” but names were withheld for privacy reasons. Other “ex gratia” payments of $108,437 were made to compensate Mounties for damaged glasses or other personal property.
Read it here.
Second, via Gates of Vienna: Legal Conference on Freedom of Speech and Religion: Part 2:
5. Selective enforcement of “hate speech”
Strangely enough, in most Western countries the protections afforded religions are usually enforced solely for the benefit of Islam. Offended Christians are unlikely to mount successful lawsuits or see their defamers charged under the same hate speech laws that Muslims use so effectively.
A gay group in Canada recently attempted to bring a complaint before a Human Rights Commission concerning Muslim comments about homosexuals. It’s not surprising that the HRC refused to accept the complaint.
Third, via the Chronicle-Herald: Ike honoured at Colchester museum:
This weekend, an exhibit honouring the memory of Nova Scotia’s 17th premier, George Isaac (Ike) Smith will open at the Colchester Historical Museum in Truro. Senator Fred Dickson, a former law partner of G.I. Smith, and the first Colchester resident to be appointed to the Senate since Mr. Smith, will officially open the exhibit, which will run until April 15, 2010.
As premier, G.I. also attracted Michelin, now Nova Scotia’s biggest employer; established the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission; introduced medicare; dramatically increased affordable housing development; and worked hard and successfully with his contemporaries in other provinces and with the Pearson federal government to place regional disparity and equalization on the national agenda.
Read it all here.