A Quebec Superior Court judge has dismissed a defamation suit brought against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by a woman who heckled him at a 2018 rally south of Montreal. Justice Michele Monast wrote in a decision released Monday that Diane Blain’s lawsuit was ill-founded and abusive. Read more: Trudeau unapologetic after telling heckler, ‘Your racism has no place here’ Blain had claimed Trudeau damaged her reputation when he called her comments “racist.” Trudeau was delivering a speech in August 2018 in Ste-Anne-de-Sabrevois, Que., south of Montreal, when Blain interrupted him, making a comment about “illegal immigrants.” The prime minister told Blain her comments were intolerant, and when she asked him about his tolerance for “pure Quebecers,” he said her comments were racist. Monast ruled that Trudeau’s actions were not unreasonable and that his statements weren’t defamatory. Blain had argued in court that Trudeau’s words made her feel humiliated, shocked and ridiculed and that she received disparaging comments from others after the incident. But Monast said the public reaction against Blain following the encounter with the prime minister were the result of Blain’s actions, not what Trudeau said.
Month: November 2021
A tragic death exploited by leftists who hate America. The far-left loves to tear down or misappropriate traditional religious symbols to serve their own ideological purposes. Nothing is off limits, including Jesus Christ. Radical activist Linda Sarsour has claimed that “Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth.” Hamid Dabashi, a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, who accused Israel of being nearly identical to the ISIS terrorists, has claimed that Jesus Christ was “a Palestinian refugee.” Now George Floyd is being depicted as Jesus Christ in a painting entitled “Mama.” The painting has been hung at the Catholic University of America, no less! At its unveiling earlier this year, the painting was blessed with holy water. The killing of George Floyd occurred on May 25, 2020. It set off months of massive street demonstrations, some of which turned violent and cost the lives of innocent Americans. During 2020, Black Lives Matter demonstrators in cities across the country carried copies of the “Mama” painting in which the traditional depiction of Jesus Christ has been replaced by an image of George Floyd.
Radical writer and TV celebrity Eric Zemmour has declared he will run for president in next year’s French election. He’s already disrupted electoral calculations and spooked the country’s political right. Until a few months ago, France’s next presidential election was largely expected to be a predictable duel between President Emmanuel Macron and the leader of the far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National), Marine Le Pen. That was until Eric Zemmour, a far-right French commentator and TV celebrity, burst onto the political scene and sparked a media frenzy with inflammatory views on Islam, immigration and feminism, which he blames for the supposed decline of France. The 63-year-old declared his candidacy in a YouTube video this week. A number of surveys showed his popularity rising — he briefly was the best-placed candidate to topple President Macron, though his momentum seems to have fizzled in recent weeks. But experts say he has certainly upended political calculations ahead of the election in April. “Zemmour is creating a rupture in the French presidential race,” Philippe Corcuff, a political scientist at the Institute of Political Studies in Lyon, told DW.
An Iraqi member of the Islamic State (IS) group has been found guilty of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority in a landmark German trial. A court in Frankfurt sentenced Taha al-Jumailly to life for crimes including the murder of a Yazidi girl in Iraq. The jihadist was accused of enslaving the five-year-old in 2015, chaining her up and leaving her to die of thirst. Al-Jumailly is the first IS member to be convicted of genocide against the Yazidis. During the trial his defence lawyers rejected the allegations. The Yazidis, a Kurdish-speaking minority, were persecuted by IS after the jihadist group seized large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq beginning in 2014. Thousands of men were killed and women and children were enslaved and raped when IS fighters stormed into the ancestral heartland of the Yazidis in northern Iraq. Al-Jumailly, 29, was said to have joined IS in 2013 and held several roles in the capital of its so-called caliphate in Raqqa in Syria as well as in Iraq. He was arrested in Greece in 2019, extradited to Germany and prosecuted under the international legal principle of universal jurisdiction.
TORONTO — Food bank usage in Ontario rose 10 per cent during the first year of the pandemic to the highest levels since the recession, a new report has found. Nearly 600,000 people made more than 3.6 million visits to food banks in Ontario between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, according to an annual report from Feed Ontario, a collective of hunger-relief organizations in the province. Siu Mee Cheng, the interim executive director of the group, said COVID-19 has exacerbated the income insecurity and affordability issues in the province. “This is an extremely alarming trend,” she said in an interview. “The pandemic has had an impact on individuals and families and, as a result, they are coming to the food banks.” The number of those who needed basic food support has increased by 10 per cent this year compared to the year before — the highest single-year rise since 2009, said the report. The document reflects data collected by 132 food banks and 1,100 affiliated social support organizations in Ontario. Cheng said the current social safety programs in the province, including Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program, are not comprehensive and those who rely on them still end up needing to access food banks.
Barbados ditched Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as head of state, forging a new republic on Tuesday with its first-ever president and severing its last remaining colonial bonds nearly 400 years after the first English ships arrived at the Caribbean island. At the strike of midnight, the new republic was born to the cheers of hundreds of people lining Chamberlain Bridge in the capital, Bridgetown. A 21 gun salute fired as the national anthem of Barbados was played over a crowded Heroes Square. Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, stood somberly as Queen Elizabeth’s royal standard was lowered and the new Barbados declared, a step which republicans hope will spur discussion of similar proposals in other former British colonies that have the Queen as their sovereign. “We the people must give Republic Barbados its spirit and its substance,” President Sandra Mason, the island’s first president, said. “We must shape its future. We are each other’s and our nation’s keepers. We the people are Barbados.” Barbados casts the removal of Elizabeth II, who is still queen of 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, as a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history.