Gazette – A call by professors at the University of Regina to scrap a scholarship for the children of fallen Canadian soldiers has turned the school into a battleground for debate over Canada’s role in Afghanistan.
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Times Online – When Mr Justice Collins upheld the conclusion of the Oxfordshire Coroner, that sending a soldier into battle with defective equipment could breach his human rights, he referred to the Crimean War. “The failures to provide adequate medical attention in the Crimean War would be regarded, whereas the Charge of the Light Brigade would not, as a possible breach of Article 2,” he said.
[Globe and Mail] Hamilton’s gay pride festival says it banned the Canadian military this year because of alleged human rights violations around the world.
The decision has ignited a furious backlash within some in the gay community who claim that the military has changed since it overturned it discriminatory policies against homosexuality in 1992.
The Canadian military has participated in the Hamilton festival for several years, marching in the parade and setting up recruiting booths.
Emily Groom, co-chair of the Hamilton Pride Festival, says the organization has every right not to affiliate with any institutions that perhaps are based on human rights concerns.
She says those include perceived violations in Afghanistan and Haiti.
“All that jazz.” Co-chair should have done her homework on why she was banning soldiers:
[Spectator] Festival organizers were taken aback yesterday, though, to learn the standoff involved the Ontario Provincial Police, not the Canadian Forces.
“It was in terms of the (native) land claims and all that jazz that happened two years ago when military forces did come in and remove people from that land during the Caledonia standoff,” said Emily Groom, co-chair of the Hamilton Pride Festival Inc., in a phone interview yesterday afternoon.
When it was pointed out Canadian soldiers were not at Caledonia, Groom said: “(Hamilton) Pride has every right not to affiliate with any institutions that perhaps are based on human rights concerns.” Those include perceived violations in Afghanistan and Haiti, she said.
[Edmonton Sun] MEDICINE HAT — Citing problems with violence and vandalism, some businesses in this southern Alberta city are banning British soldiers.
One local pub recently placed a sign on the door warning that the soldiers are not welcome. Other businesspeople have reported they have had to close shop for sanitation after soldiers urinated on the carpet or vomited on a pool table.
There have also been reports of soldiers damaging facilities, stealing tips from waitresses and exposing themselves to other patrons.
“You can’t paint all people of a certain colour or a certain race, you can’t stereotype every single one of them and say ‘Every single one of them is going to cause harm,’ ” said Marie Riddle, director of the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission.
However, there is a clause in the Human Rights Act that says if a business can demonstrate they have reasonable and justifiable causes, they can discriminate against a customer.