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- Hosts: Ken McMurray, Joshua Hind
- Special Contributors: Amie Watson, Paul the Courier
- On-Air Production: Joshua Hind
7:07: Music: Harmsworth – “Miss Piggy” (Geoff Bukk remix)
- From the album: EP
7:10: Amie’s Food Report:
7:26: Music: Colors on Trial – “Blooming Spells”
- From the album: Blooming Spells
7:30: O Stories from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
- This time, an interview with Heidi Berger, an educator and film producer who travels to schools to tell of her mother’s experiences during the Holocaust, using a multimedia presentation. Invited by COHDS, she gave a talk Thursday, January 12, entitled: “Genocide Presentations and Education,” followed by a debate about the professionalization and process of giving testimonials.
- Download link for today’s segment: http://soundcloud.com/cohds/o-stories-jan-13-1
7:50: Municipal Headlines:
- Treasury Board intervenes:
- And here’s one reason for it:
- And the tunnel under the mountain remains a problem:
2) Health in and of schools remains a problem:
- Villeray school temporarily moved to CEGEP Ahuntsic:
- EMSB closes three, keeps three more open:
3) Funding for boroughs to be reviewed over the next six months:
8:18: The International:
- Despite the departure of Hosni Mubarak 11 months ago, the regime he ruled is still for the most part in place. Political power remains in the hands of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. Yet labour and social forces opposing the government are still strong. To find out more about these forces in Egyptian society. we contacted Joel Beinin, professor of history and Middle Eastern history at Stanford University.
8:40: Music: Tessa Kautzman – “Worlds Apart”
- From the album: Shredded Eagle, Sad Tambourine
8:44: Action Items
- Opening Audio: PMSH saying this is all a non-issue:
- The Globe story that kicked it all off:
- “The reversal of federal policy is revealed in a document filed in a Toronto test case launched recently by a lesbian couple seeking a divorce. Wed in Toronto in 2005, the couple have been told they cannot divorce because they were never really married – a Department of Justice lawyer says their marriage is not legal in Canada since they could not have lawfully wed in Florida or England, where the two partners reside.”
- The Twitterverse has gone absolutely friggin’ bonkers. There was no tracking the emotion and anger flying around social media yesterday.
- An opinion from the Attorney General (Rob Nicholson, he of the Omnibus Crime Bill) regarding the Superior Court of Ontario’s ability to rule on the divorce of L & M (the couple seeking divorce who cannot currently be named):
- Key phrasing in the document reads: The Superior Court does not have the jurisdiction to grant the Joint Appicants a divorce because under principles of private international law that apply in Canada, the Joint Applicants are not legally married under Canadian Law;
- The AG later argues that for the marriage to be valid, it must satisfy the laws of the place where the marriage occurs (in this case, Canada) and the laws of the couple’s place of domicile, which could be anywhere. Doesn’t really matter). The latin terms for this is LEX LOCI CELEBRATIONIS
- But, if you’re a happy couple of any kind (gay or straight), there’s nothing on a marriage certificate that would lead one to believe that a couple of foreign citizenship would be ineligible for a marriage license. http://www.forms.ssb.gov.on.ca/mbs/ssb/forms/ssbforms.nsf/AttachDocsPublish/007-11018E~1/$File/11018E.pdf
- Further research reveals that “There are no citizenship or residency requirements when applying for a marriage licence in Ontario.”
- And then it was all over…
- Rob Nicholson releases a statement saying that everything is just fine:
I want to be very clear that the Government has no intention of reopening the debate on the definition of marriage.
This case today involved the fact that, under current law, some marriages performed in Canada could not be dissolved in Canada.
I will be looking at options to clarify the law so that marriages performed in Canada can be undone in Canada.
- So, what’s the moral of this story?
- Hidden Agenda?
- Incompetence in the Justice Dept.?
- Didn’t we just give them a kajillion dollars to fix all the “crime” in this country?
- Dan Savage is Pissed!:
- Legislative Summary of the Civil Marriage Act of 2005:
- Tourism Canada promotes Canada as a destination for Same Sex Marriage. Really.
- Liberals used cloture to restrict debate on the Civil Marriage Act, a parliamentary move that really pisses us off when the Conservatives do it. Interesting.
- The bill passed the House 158-133: Here’s the recorded vote.
- Fun fact: Conservatives who voted for the legislation (there were only 3):
- James Moore (BC, current Heritage Minister)
- Jim Prentice (Alberta, no longer in the house…has a top gig at CIBC)
- Gerald Keddy (Nova Scotia, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade Canada)
But, there’s hope still… The race is about to begin in Jack Layton’s old riding of Toronto-Danforth
- NDP members living in the riding of Toronto-Danforth have chosen law professor Craig Scott to replace the late Jack Layton.
- Scott beat out two other nominees Monday evening to represent the party in an upcoming byelection in the riding. The date for the byelection has yet to be announced.
- A law professor specializing in human rights, Scott received a number of high-profile endorsements, including from Layton’s political mentor, Charles Taylor, and former Ontario NDP president Janet Solberg.
- No date confirmed for by-election
- Watch for the Liberals to parachute in a star candidate. Talk already swirling about Belinda Stronach (?!?) or CTV morning guy Seamus O’Reagan
- Watch this Elections Canada space for more info on the Toronto Danforth by-election: http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=cir/dis&document=vacant_2011&lang=e