Kokanee, a resident of Muskoka Wildlife Centre at Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada. This Mountain Lion lives in a large enclosure with his best friend, Kootenay, a black bear. …morehere, Cycroft Photoblog: Photo of Mountain Lion.
Contrast: Can you imagine the furor in the RW blogosphere if someone had instead pulled up to a Church’s Easter service and dumped garbage on the steps?
Matter of fact you don’t have to imagine - when far left groups spattered stage blood over themselves an Easter service to protest the Iraq war it was big grist for the RW blogger mill for weeks, including attempts to tie the groups to everyone from the gay lobby to SEIU to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM involvement was the closest to being proved iirc.) I also denounced this as it was a despicable act, but we are going to hear crickets from the RW blogosphere over this attack at a Muslim religious service.
Two women hurled hunks of pig carcasses this week outside a San Bernardino County home where Muslims prayed inside, prompting calls for a federal hate crime investigation and stoking tension within the area’s Muslim community.
In a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, the Council on American-Islamic Relations urged federal prosecutors to launch a probe of the incident at the site of the proposed Al-Nur Islamic Center near Ontario. The letter said two women in a white pickup truck threw the carcass pieces at three different places at the mosque site shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, the council said.
Muslims are prohibited from eating pork or any pig byproducts. The act was especially offensive because it occurred during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the council’s Greater Los Angeles chapter.
“The intention was to create fear, intimidation and offense of the intended target,” Ayloush, said Friday, Aug. 10. “That’s the nature of a hate incident.”
Catholic school boards should shut off all wireless Internet in classrooms because the technology poses a “potential health and safety risk” to staff and students, claims the union representing 45,000 teachers in Ontario.
In an eight-page report released Monday by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association, the group recommends that schools across the province stop the installation of new Wi-Fi networks, which presents a “hazard in the workplace.”
The review, which took 10 months to complete, also urged that computers be connected to the Internet only via hardwired connections to limit the “expanded use of wireless devices” in Catholic schools.
“We think there is enough evidence to bring concerns and raise the question,” said OECTA president Kevin O’Dwyer.
Health Canada maintains there is no evidence that low-level exposure to radiation from wireless Internet has any effect on health.
Nevertheless, the report urged the province’s 1,400 English Catholic schools to take a more precautionary approach with this relatively new technology.
“The safety of this technology has not thoroughly been researched and therefore the precautionary principle and prudent avoidance of exposure should be practised,” it said.
O’Dwyer says the group will take its concerns to individual school boards and the Ontario Labour and Education ministries.
“The information (out there) is questionable,” said O’Dwyer. “It’s not definitive. If that’s true — if there’s an alternative to avoid (possible health risks) that is cost effective, why not go there?”
But a number of Catholic school boards reached on Monday said the report has no factual merit.
“It’s a sexy topic right now to say Wi-Fi is hurting kids in schools but the research doesn’t back that statement,” said Tom D’Amico, superintendent of student success and learning technologies at the Ottawa Catholic School Board.
Wireless Internet has been available in all 81 of the board’s elementary, intermediate and high schools for the past three years.
Dozens of people from all over Ontario have been charged in a wide-ranging child-pornography bust, and police say they’re going after others.
Ontario Provincial Police said Thursday 213 charges have been laid against 60 people. The charges included sexual assault, child luring as well as distributing and producing child pornography. Three young offenders were among those charged.
Illegal drugs and weapons were seized during the raids, police said, which took place in recent days.
In addition to the arrests, police have identified 22 victims.
Det.-Sgt. Frank Goldschmidt, co-ordinator of the provincial strategy against online child exploitation, called it “one of the largest co-ordinated efforts of its kind in Ontario.”
More arrests and identified victims are likely as the investigation continues, police said.
“The most fundamental responsibility of any society is to protect its children,” Scott Tod, acting commissioner of the OPP, said at a news conference held in Vaughan, Ont.
“Child pornography is the sexual abuse of children. Every image of child pornography represents a child victim. Every trading or transmission of the image represents a re-victimization of that child.”
Those arrested came from across the province, including Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa, Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. Those charged ranged in age from 16 to 69, held various occupations, including one who was a daycare worker.
Tod added: “The sweep carried out over the past few days serves as another wake-up call to those who commit these monstrous crimes against children. The provincial strategy will stop at nothing to hunt down child predators and eliminate the threat they pose to children in our communities. You cannot hide your crime. You cannot hide your identities.”
Police showed a graphic of a map of Ontario with the locations of 8,940 IP addresses police have identified as suspected of having been involved in accessing or sharing child pornography.
“I think quite clearly this demonstrates the extent of the problem that we have in the province of Ontario, and to note of the 8,940 addresses that you see before you upon the screen, in the last couple of days, we’ve managed to arrest 60,” Goldschmidt said.
A Roman Catholic diocese in Ontario has quietly settled 10 sexual abuse lawsuits in the past month, paying out more than $1.5 million in connection to allegations dating back more than 50 years.
All of the settlements involve male victims who allege they were repeatedly molested by two priests from the London diocese at parishes across southwestern Ontario.
The victims, who are now in their 60s and 70s, launched individual lawsuits last year, said London-based lawyer Robert Talach yesterday.
“The book never really truly closes, but this is definitely a big step toward closure for some of them,” he said. “Some of the gentlemen I dealt with waited half a century before they really spoke this aloud to anyone else. Coming out after all those years, it just goes to the fact to show how traumatic it is, that you wouldn’t breathe a word of it for five decades.”