Alright, here goes.
First off, a bit of a grab bag. Avid Editor’s Insights notes Terry Glavin’s piece – The Organ-Harvesting Scare: A Mutant Offspring Of Anti-Zionism & Classic Antisemitism –
Second, via the Globe and Mail: Rights, fairness and other cherished myths:
By J. Kelly Nestruck
Written by Michael Healey, Directed by Richard Rose Starring Tom Barnett, Patrick Galligan, Brandon McGibbon At Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, co-produced by Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre
In the first half of Courageous (skillfully and unobtrusively staged by Richard Rose), Healey sets up a neat ethical dilemma: At Toronto city hall, a Catholic justice of the peace named Tom conscientiously objects to marrying a gay couple. The added twists are that Tom is gay as well, and that he has plenty of colleagues willing to marry the two.
Tom, bursting with neuroses and Christian goodwill as played by Tom Barnett, ends up being dragged to the Canadian Human Rights Commission by Brian (Patrick Galligan), one half of the rejected couple and a crusading lawyer who scheduled his nuptials in between meetings with clients.
Third, via The Economist: Hearts, minds and Mecca:
WHEN news emerged of the life-story of the Nigerian who tried to blow up a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day, there were cries of bewilderment in some quarters, groans of dismay in others, and shouts of “I told you so” from a small army of Cassandras.
Whatever motivated Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to become a terrorist, it was not material deprivation; he came from a rich family. The biographical detail that fascinated many terrorism-watchers was his record as president of the Islamic Society at University College London, where he had studied engineering.
At Canada’s McGill University, controversy has been raging since 2005 when the authorities deprived Muslim students (who now number about 2,000) of a prayer room, on the ground that this was inappropriate for a secular institution. The 600 or so who turn up for Friday prayers made their supplications outdoors for a while, until cold weather forced them from one temporary room to another. Nafay Choudhury, a leader of the Muslim Students Association, says things are much better for his co-religionists at most other Canadian colleges; the McGill Muslims are placing their hopes in an appeal to Quebec’s Human Rights Commission.
Fourth, via CBC News: B.C. university evicts 19-year resident:
A B.C. Supreme Court judge has rejected the arguments of a man who’s facing eviction after living at the University of Victoria for 19 years.
Gerd’ son has also filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal which is scheduled to be heard starting June 1.
Fifth, via The Daily Gleaner: ‘It’s blown way up and our town is divided’:
By Heather McLaughlin
The town’s handling of a computer hacking incident between two employees was a key factor in his decision to quit his post as a Nackawic councillor, says Paul Legere.
Legere resigned Dec. 7, saying he could no longer serve on council with a good conscience.
In her resignation letter to Mayor Rowena Simpson and town council, she outlined her dissatisfaction with the handling of a breach of computer security involving her personal Hotmail account.
The town’s acting chief administrative officer Kathryn Clark has admitted to town council that she guessed Mullin’s password and accessed her private Hotmail account from the town’s computer system.
Mullin has filed a complaint of workplace harassment against the town with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission.
She has provided The Daily Gleaner with copies of her resignation letter and her human rights commission complaint.
Read the rest here.
Sixth, via the CBC: Attack on Canada, U.S. is attack on Muslims: imams:
A group of Canadian and U.S. Islamic leaders on Friday issued a fatwa, or religious edict, declaring that an attack by extremists on the two countries would constitute an attack on the 10 million Muslims living in North America.
The 20 imams associated with the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada said this marked the first fatwa by the Muslim clergy declaring attacks on Canada and the U.S. to be attacks on Muslims.
“In our view, these attacks are evil, and Islam requires Muslims to stand up against this evil,” the imams said in their fatwa.
Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy, founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, said attacks on Canadian or U.S. soil are essentially attacks on Muslims.
The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada was founded in 2000 by Syed Soharwardy, the person who initiated the Alberta Human Rights Commission complaint against Ezra Levant for publishing the infamous Danish cartoons. The complaint was eventually withdrawn, but not before 2 years of wasted time and money.
Read the rest here.