[Brampton News] The Peel District School Board’s newest secondary school is the first in the world to be named for leading Canadian human rights advocate Louise Arbour. Louise Arbour Secondary School is located in the Springdale area of Brampton and will open in fall 2009.
Notes Janet McDougald, chair of the board, “Louise Arbour is a passionate and determined human rights advocate who has worked to improve the human condition around the world. Her commitment to social justice connects strongly to the vision and focus of our new school.”
[National Post] In the aftermath of the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, Arbour even went so far as to suggest that the Jewish state had more blood on its hands than the terrorists who started the war in the first place: “In [the case of Hezbollah] you could have, for instance, a very objectionable intent — the intent to harm civilians, which is very bad — but effectively not a lot of harm is actually achieved,” she said. “[But] how can you compare that with [Israel,] where you may not have an intent but you have recklessness [in which] civilian casualties are foreseeable? The culpability or the intent may not sound as severe, but the actual harm is catastrophic.”