Entries by Bernie Farber from 07/2012

The Evolution From Bathhouse Raids to Pride Parades

| Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada

Another Canada Day, another successful Pride Parade along the streets of downtown Toronto. As in previous years one of the largest parades of its kind saw hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets. The Parade itself covers less than a mile or two of Toronto's streets but the geography is far less important than the message it sends. It was only 30 years ago this February that Toronto Police raided the city's gay bathhouses, arresting more than 300 innocent men.

Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Community Building

| Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada Living

Jacob Schwartz is a lucky 15-year-old boy. Though he was diagnosed at birth with Canavan disease, a usually fatal illness that targets the central nervous system virtually robbing its victims of most basic human functions such as sight, speech, cognitive abilities and mobility, Jacob is still a lucky boy.

Will Bill C-31 Reject More Romas?

| Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Politics

One of the more pernicious elements of the new Immigration and Refugee Bill C-31 is the so-called "Designated Safe Country" (DSO) rule. This would designate certain countries as "safe" more or less assuring that refugee claims from any such countries would be quickly rejected. The Romas are a prime target.

How an Israeli Entrepreneur Sailed into Canadian History

| Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Living

Gil Blutrich, an Israeli born entrepreneur moved to Canada after many successful business ventures. However the one project of which he is so very proud is his purchase of the grand old lady of the Great lakes; the last remaining ship of its kind, the SS Keewatin. Thanks to a Canadian Israeli with a true sense of history, a relic of our past will now remind Canadians of a proud maritime era.

Giving a Murderer Freedom is an Insult to His Victims

| Posted 07.27.2012 | Canada

Two years ago Craig Munro, a convicted murderer, was granted unescorted temporary passes from his minimum security prison in B.C. Apparently he was found with cocaine in his system upon return from his last day pass. As we reflect on the sad almost unbearable events that led to his incarceration, I think we can all be excused if we choose to side with the victims and hope that our parole board continues to deny Craig Munro his freedom. That would be true justice.

What One Canadian Olympian Is Doing Now

| Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada

As our attention is turned to the London Olympics, this column heralds a Canadian Olympic champion from 2008. Why would anyone, even a Canadian gold-medal Olympian, want to row across the Atlantic Ocean? But that's exactly what Adam Kreek and three other athletes want to do this December with no one spotting them!