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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012
The quarterly report cards for Canada's provincial premiers are in and the results do not look good for the two premiers who will face voters as soon as next year.
Ontario's Liberal Government Found In Contempt Of Parliament
Tory MP Slammed For Comparing 1812 With 'Islamic Terrorism'
Omar Khadr Coming Back To Canada
TWITTER REACTS: Omar Khadr Returning To Canada
Canada Blames U.S. For Khadr Transfer Delay
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro: Libyan Ambassador's Death: Tragic End to a Bad Movie
There is no justification for the murder of U.S. Ambassor Chris Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats in Benghazi last night. But at the same time, there is no justification for the movie that led to these attacks. The murder of those four Americans is the cause of the recklessness, ignorance and hatred of two parties: extremist Muslims and the film's writer and director, Sam Bacile. Maybe there is no work of art that is worth the loss of life, but at the very least, when individuals are killed over their work, we hope to be able to learn something from the creation in question, we hope that there is some consolatory value in an unnecessary sacrifice. Such is not the case here.
Ryan Painter: Harper's Stance on Iran? A Political Checkmate
Many commentators were surprised and puzzled when the Canadian government closed its embassy in Iran last week. But the actions are sudden only to us observers on the outside. These kinds of political machinations happen often, especially in a government that knows it holds a tenuous grip on targeted voters in Canada. What better way to crank up the domestic sentiment than to thumb your nose at an entire country that a large portion of your constituency is hostile towards, while other western leaders are left scratching their collective heads?
J.J. McCullough: On Sex and Religion in School, Media Coverage Fails
2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Education is a hot topic in Canadian editorial pages at the moment, following some recent hullabaloo of parents demanding their kids be able to opt-out of classes involving various ungodly topics, like sex and global warming. All columnists, of course, dance around the awkward fact that this story is as much about immigration as education.
David Suzuki: What's the Fracking Problem with Natural Gas?
Some people have argued that natural gas could be a "bridging" fuel while we work on expanding renewable energy development. If we want to address global warming, along with the other environmental problems associated with our continued rush to burn our precious fossil fuels as quickly as possible, we must learn to use our resources more wisely, kick our addiction, and quickly start turning to sources of energy that have fewer negative impacts.
Danielle S. McLaughlin: How Bill 115 Robs Us Teachers Of Our Dignity
Bill 115 is unfair. Pre-emptive law making denies the rights of employees "just in case." How can we inculcate the habits of democracy into our students when they observe and experience unreasonable restrictions on the rights of the very people who are charged with teaching them about fairness? What if teachers behaved like this government? Imagine children being told that they will not be allowed to seek permission to create a club because the school doesn't trust them to make the proper arrangements -- nor to go out for recess because they might misbehave. It would not take long for someone to shout, "That's not fair."

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