TORONTO — Ontario’s government says its law mandating that gas stations display anti-carbon tax stickers helps the cause of freedom of expression.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is challenging the law as unconstitutional, saying it violates free speech provisions because it constitutes compelled political speech.The government’s statement of defence, which the CCLA has posted on its website, argues that the suit should be dismissed.- Advertisement -It says the CCLA doesn’t have standing to bring the challenge because it isn’t a gas retailer and therefore isn’t affected by the law.The government also argues that the law “furthers the purposes of freedom of expression” by promoting informed consumer choice and transparency.The stickers became mandatory shortly before the federal election campaign began.Advertisement This report by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2019.The Canadian Press
Toronto police say a man who went on a shooting rampage in the city’s Greektown last year had a lengthy history of violent thoughts and violence against himself.But they say investigators still don’t know just why Faisal Hussain, who killed himself after the attack, went on the shooting spree on July 22, 2018.Police Chief Mark Saunders says Hussain was not affiliated with radical ideologies, hate groups or terrorist organizations.Saunders also says Hussain, 29, did not have a criminal record.Julianna Kozis, 10, and 18-year-old Reese Fallon died in the attack and 13 others were injured.Hussain’s parents issued a statement after the shooting saying their son had battled with depression and psychosis, and denounced his actions.The Canadian Press
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisement The Knight Before Christmas is a love story that involves a time-traveling English knight from the past who unexpectedly finds his way to the present, and of course, falls in love. Deadline reports that the knight’s paramour will be “a caring high school science teacher who is disillusioned by love.” Could that be the role Hudgens is playing? It hasn’t been confirmed yet, so we’ll have to see. READ MOREMONIKA MITCHELL SHOOTS FOR NETFLIXToronto – It’s been about a month since the news broke that Netflix would be making a huge investment to produce Canadian content in Canada. Yesterday we learned that award-winning director Monika Mitchell will begin production on a fantasy feature for the streaming service titled The Knight Before Christmas. When you think about it, it’s a title that has been waiting to be made.Written by Cara Russell, the cast is led by American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens (pictured), who also serves as one of the Executive Producers on the project. The Vanessa Hudgens, Monika Mitchell Shoots for Netflix, image,California-based actress is best known for playing Emily Locke in the series Powerless. We’re fairly certain 29-year-old Josh Whitehouse gets to play the titular knight. READ MORE Advertisement
I wrote this week that Michael Sam, the Missouri defensive end who came out as gay in February, wasn’t certain to be picked in the NFL draft. Of those players at his position who had been rated as sixth-round picks before the draft — as Sam was — slightly less than 50 percent were chosen by an NFL team.I also wrote that I’d take Sam’s side of the bet given even odds:Personally, however, if the odds are something like 50-50 on Sam being drafted, I think I’d take his side of the bet. Why? A player only needs one team to draft him. A player like Sam who generates polarized opinions might have a better chance of being chosen in a late round by a team like the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks than one who everyone agrees is mediocre.Perhaps this counts as a “correct” (if well-hedged) prediction. But I got one thing pretty wrong. I assumed that Sam would be chosen by a team like the Patriots or the Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers that play in an urban area especially tolerant toward gay people. But St. Louis was probably the best fit all along.How come? Public acceptance of homosexuality certainly varies from city to city and state to state. If we use support for gay marriage as a rough proxy, for example, I estimate that about 47 percent of voters approve of it in Missouri, as compared with 58 percent in California, 59 percent in Washington state and 66 percent in Massachusetts. (Obviously, the percentages are likely to be higher in cities such as San Francisco and Seattle specifically as opposed to the states as a whole. But that’s probably also true for St. Louis, which is considerably more liberal than the rest of Missouri.)What varies a lot more, however, is appreciation for University of Missouri football. Interest in the Tigers is about 50 times higher in Missouri than in the rest of the country, according to the number of Google searches.In other words, a higher percentage of people in St. Louis and elsewhere in Missouri will know of Sam as a football player and not just as a gay athlete. Here’s hoping that helps him to concentrate on what he does best.