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Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

That paraphrase of a famous line from the Bible perhaps sums up the pitiable plight of Stephen Harper, gallant man of the world and fearless foe of evil on the world stage. Despite his indefatigable efforts to denounce the Teutonic tendencies of Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine or stand unreservedly with Israel in its . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Robert Mccorkill Can’t Give His Estate To Nazis

He was the Canadian chemist who wanted to will his collection of ancient coins and other artifacts to The National Alliance, an american Neo-Nazi group.  Richard Warman,  B’nai Brith, and Isabelle Rose Mccorkill teamed up to see if they could put a stop to it.  Today, the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench issued their . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Robert Mccorkill Can’t Give His Estate To Nazis

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Elizabeth May Disinvited To Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) Fundraiser

This story has been churning for a week now.  The CJPME disinvite tells it succinctly enough.  For me the most important bit is:

May had accepted CJPME’s invitation to speak at its fundraiser earlier in the fall, and had not indicated any discomfort with CJPME’s policy focus on upholding international law in the Israel-Palestine conflict. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Elizabeth May Disinvited To Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) Fundraiser

BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA On Bill C-31: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable?

I wrote not too long ago about CIJA’s (The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)  meager response to Bill C-31.   Now The Centre has issued a meatier statement on the legislation.  While its tenor of the backgrounder is, in general,  kissy-assy towards the Harper government,  in the end it concludes:

…there are certain areas where small but . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA On Bill C-31: Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Refugee Health Cutbacks: Canadian Jewish Groups Respond (Or Not)

Since the negative consequences of Bill C-31 have become apparent over the last month or so–for example,  many refugee claimants will lose access to life-saving drugs such as insulin, and to preventive care–-several Jewish organizations have expressed concerns with the law.  They have been especially troubled by those sections of it relating to the prevention . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Refugee Health Cutbacks: Canadian Jewish Groups Respond (Or Not)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bernie Farber At The Kickoff To Ontario Jewish Heritage Month

I was lucky enough to attend the kickoff to Ontario’s first Jewish Heritage Month at Beth Torah Synagogue on Monday evening.  Highlights included a choir, the name of which I forget now but they were terrific, Susan Jackman’s spirited and funny account of Jewish immigration into T.O., and of course Bernie’s speech re the Jewish . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bernie Farber At The Kickoff To Ontario Jewish Heritage Month

Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: Shepherd’s Granddaughter Update

Book should stay, school board committee says Final decision rests with education director

A special review committee has recommended that a controversial novel about the Mideast conflict remain available to grades 7 and 8 students in Toronto’s public schools.

The 11-member committee was struck in April after a parent made a formal complaint to the . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer’s Firebrand blog: Shepherd’s Granddaughter Update

Canadian Firebrand: Shepherd’s Granddaughter Update

Book should stay, school board committee says Final decision rests with education director

A special review committee has recommended that a controversial novel about the Mideast conflict remain available to grades 7 and 8 students in Toronto’s public schools.

The 11-member committee was struck in April after a parent made a formal complaint to the . . . → Read More: Canadian Firebrand: Shepherd’s Granddaughter Update

Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: Heaven and earth unmoved

Despite Sheila Ward’s promise to “move heaven and earth to have The Shepherd’s Granddaughter taken off the school library shelves” the Toronto District School Board announced yesterday that they have rejected the demand by Brian Henry and B’nai Brith that the book be withdrawn. According to TDSB official Lloyd McKell: We believe as staff, . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer’s Firebrand blog: Heaven and earth unmoved

Canadian Firebrand: Heaven and earth unmoved

Despite Sheila Ward’s promise to “move heaven and earth to have The Shepherd’s Granddaughter taken off the school library shelves” the Toronto District School Board announced yesterday that they have rejected the demand by Brian Henry and B’nai Brith that the book be withdrawn. According to TDSB official Lloyd McKell: We believe as staff, . . . → Read More: Canadian Firebrand: Heaven and earth unmoved

Andy Lehrer's Firebrand blog: Trustee Sheila Ward wants to ban a book she hasn’t read

Toronto District School Board Trustee Sheila Ward (Toronto Centre) told the Jewish Tribune this week that she will “move heaven and earth to have The Shepherd’s Granddaughter taken off the school library shelves” in response to a demand by B’nai Brith Canada and parent Brian Henry that the book be removed from school reading . . . → Read More: Andy Lehrer’s Firebrand blog: Trustee Sheila Ward wants to ban a book she hasn’t read

Canadian Firebrand: Trustee Sheila Ward wants to ban a book she hasn’t read

Toronto District School Board Trustee Sheila Ward (Toronto Centre) told the Jewish Tribune this week that she will “move heaven and earth to have The Shepherd’s Granddaughter taken off the school library shelves” in response to a demand by B’nai Brith Canada and parent Brian Henry that the book be removed from school reading . . . → Read More: Canadian Firebrand: Trustee Sheila Ward wants to ban a book she hasn’t read