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- Steve Mertl | Daily Brew – Fri, 18 Jan, 2013
A Christian college in B.C.'s Fraser Valley could find its effort to found a "Christian law school" blocked by Canada's legal-education establishment.
According to Vancouver Sun religion reporter Douglas Todd, the council sent a letter to the Federation of Canadian Law Societies criticizing Trinity's proposal based on the university's longstanding requirement barring homosexual relationships. The federation has a role in accrediting law-degree programs.
All Trinity students and staff are required to sign its Community Covenant Agreement, which among other things calls on them to "observe modesty, purity and appropriate intimacy in all relationships, reserve sexual expressions of intimacy for marriage," and abstain from "sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman."
[ Related: B.C. gay and lesbianRead More »from Proposed Christian law school under fire due to ban on gay relationships
I confess it's taken me a while to get used to seeing people regularly with their arms completely covered in tattoos or elaborate murals on their backs.
I'm from a generation who saw tattoos mostly on old soldiers, bikers or ex-cons. The idea of inking your entire body to look like Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man as a way of expressing who you are is still hard for me to fathom. Because I'm old enough to know that whoever you are in your twenties, you're not going to be that person in your fifties.
And that body art on your wrinkly old skin, well, you're stuck with it unless you've got a few grand to pay for laser removal.
But hey, live and let live, I say. I'm not shocked anymore when some young woman serving me at a store has a lovely flower arrangement climbing out of her cleavage. I just smile to myself and know that it's gonna look a little wilted in about 20 years.
So I applaud a decision by an Ontario labour arbitrator to strike down attempts by the Ottawa HospitalRead More »from Hospital workers win right to display tattoos, piercings – but the battle isn’t over
I suspect at least a few adolescent boys at Haydock Intermediate School in Oxnard, Calif., are disappointed science teacher Stacie Halas won't be showing up to class anymore.
The attractive 32-year-old blond this week lost the appeal against her dismissal following revelations she'd moonlighted in pornographic videos to make ends meet.
A three-judge commission ruled unanimously that Halas should not be allowed back in a classroom after being fired last April, The Associated Press reported.
“We were hoping we could show you could overcome your past,” Halas' lawyer Richard Schwab said Tuesday. “I think she’s representative of a lot of people who may have a past that may not involve anything illegal or anything that hurts anybody.”
But the panel said the Internet Age makes that all but impossible.
“Although her pornography career has concluded, the ongoing availability of her pornographic materials on the Internet will continue to impede her from being an effective teacher andRead More »from California teacher Stacie Halas, a.k.a. Tiffany Six, fired after officials learn of porn career
- Steve Mertl | Daily Brew – Thu, 17 Jan, 2013
You could get whiplash trying to follow government policy on crime.
The Conservatives' tough-on-crime approach has been a cornerstone of their government since first taking office in 2006. Mandatory minimum sentences, longer terms for some offences, more prisons.
Critics challenged that approach in the face of falling crime statistics but Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, the government's point man on the issue, has been adamant its staunch law-and-order philosophy is the right one.
But now Toews is telling police forces they should be cutting spending just as demands for more enforcement increase. At a summit of police chiefs in Ottawa this week, Toews warned the current system must be reformed, the Globe and Mail reported.
“I’ll be blunt,” Toews told the meeting on the economics of policing, which included academics and government officials.
“Police services face two options: They can do nothing and eventually be forced to cut drastically, as we have seen in some countries. Or theyRead More »from Public Safety Minister tells Canada’s cops to innovate or face cutbacks
- Steve Mertl | Daily Brew – Thu, 17 Jan, 2013
The long-simmering tensions between Montreal's ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community and some of its neighbours is being played out in court this week.
Writer Pierre Lacerte is being sued for libel and defamation by prominent businessman Michael Rosenberg, who alleges his blog's obsessive interest in Rosenberg's activities and the Hasidim amounts to anti-semitism. Rosenberg claims postings about him have hurt his reputation and business.
Lacerte, a former magazine journalist, lives across the street from a Hasidic synagogue in Montreal's Outremont neighbourhood. For years he's been documenting petty infractions such as double parking and development of the synagogue that could violate zoning rules.
He's already been subject to a restraining order Rosenberg obtained against him.
When he lives his house he's usually armed with a camera to record any wrongdoings, the National Post notes in a story about theRead More »from Tensions between Montreal Hasidic Jews and neighbours ends up in court
- Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew – Wed, 16 Jan, 2013
Why is it that drunk drivers need three strikes before they have their cars seized? And why is even having that punishment enforced appear to be a herculean task?
According to the Montreal Gazette, the province's justice minister is urging prosecutors to push for vehicle seizures, even as the strategy is being considered by the Supreme Court.
Bertrand St-Arnaud is asking prosecutors to request that judges seize vehicles when someone is found guilty of their third impaired driving conviction.
He also asks that maximum prison sentences be doubled to 10 years.
How could anyone oppose this?
There is no excuse for drunk driving. It is simple to avoid — just don't do it — and those who fear they fall into the hazy grey zone of legally drunk and tipsy should err on the side of caution.
There is really no excuse for a second drunk driving conviction.
By the third conviction, judges should rule the person have their feetRead More »from Quebec justice minister calls for car seizures after third drunk driving strike
- Steve Mertl | Daily Brew – Wed, 16 Jan, 2013
What is the most feared government agency in the United States? The FBI, the DEA, the CIA, deadly special-ops soldiers like Seal Team Six?
No, it's the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), whose long arms stretch around the world and deep into the pockets of Americans living abroad.
Now a new law gives expats a fresh reason to hate the Yankee revenuers.
[ Related: U.S. Treasury to miss deadline on tax crackdown ]
In recent years the IRS has been cracking down on its expatriate citizens, ferreting out unpaid taxes for the cash-strapped U.S. treasury. But they're not just targeting your stereotypical Mr. Moneybags lolling in some Caribbean tax haven.
Anyone holding U.S. citizenship, including dual citizens, is required to file an annual tax return and report all their income, even if they haven't lived at home in years and pay taxes where they reside.
Most end up owing nothing if they've paid tax where they live under international agreements that eliminate double taxation. But as CBCRead More »from New tax to fund Obamacare could leave American expats in Canada owing Uncle Sam
- Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew – Wed, 16 Jan, 2013
These are not the headlines Toronto’s transit system is looking for.
Alright, accusations that Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) enforcement officials falsely charged homeless people in order to avoid chasing actual trouble makers, wouldn’t do the embattled service any favours at the best of times.
But there was a sense that, now and finally, the TTC was eking out some measure of respect in the city.
As TTC CEO Andy Byford wrote in a message to employees on Wednesday (released by TTC spokesman Brad Ross), reputation is hard earned:
I am angry and frustrated in equal measure that this should have happened: angry at the way these people have totally let the company, their colleagues and the people of Toronto down, and frustrated because this comes at a time when, through all of our hard efforts, we are beginning to rebuild our reputation.
The TTC announced on Tuesday that eight transit enforcement officers have been fired, and five of them criminally charged, after a four-month internalRead More »from Toronto transit head in cleanup mode after latest public debacle
Canada's Department of Justice has been chided for suspending a lawyer who raised concerns about new crime and immigration legislation.
Lawyer Edgar Schmidt was suspended without pay after challenging the department in court, claiming the department knows that new laws could be found to contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Globe and Mail had the exclusive on Wednesday morning, with details about Schmidt's suspension, coming after he claimed that mandatory minimum sentence legislation, and immigration and refugee laws, was likely to result in legal challenges.
The Department of Justice said Schmidt was suspended for violating his duties as a public defender. Schmidt says he is a whistleblower.
Federal Court judge Simon Noël criticized the Department of Justice on Tuesday for the suspension.
Read More »from Department of Justice chided for suspending lawyer who questioned legality of new legislation
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