Not just a fluffy tale about the Easter Bunny

Children's aid society removed children from care because the foster parents wouldn't lie about the Easter Bunny

Not just a fluffy tale about the Easter BunnyMuch of the media coverage of the legal decision involving Derek and Frances Baars and the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton has treated it as a quirky story about a Christian family versus the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. In fact, the 61-page decision by Justice A.J. Goodman is a blistering critique of the aid…

Stalin’s Moscow show trials a blind spot for western intellectuals

The eagerness of western intellectuals to justify the Moscow show trials of the late '30s was what was truly frightening about them

Stalin’s Moscow show trials a blind spot for western intellectualsThe infamous Moscow show trials ended 80 years ago this month. Based on fabricated charges of treason, Josef Stalin systematically eliminated virtually all of the remaining Old Bolsheviks, clearing away potential rivals and consolidating his power in the Soviet Union. The first trial began in August 1936, the second in January 1937 and the third…

Man pleads guilty to assault charge

Judge said the couple has to make ‘a joint effort’ to get through the situation. He ordered West to serve a 12-month conditional discharge

Man pleads guilty to assault chargeA domestic situation has led to a charge of common assault for Zachary West, who received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to assault in Kindersley provincial court on Feb. 20. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, said West and the victim were being supported by a counsellor during the court appearance. She said West was…

Hollywood feeds a fascination with guns that borders on pornographic

As movie stars rush to denounce gun violence, their industry has perpetuated the mythology that such carnage is as American as apple pie

Hollywood feeds a fascination with guns that borders on pornographicEver since actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 1865, there has been an uneasy relationship between the worlds of entertainment and politics. Of course, no one would equate a political murder with the kind of everyday protesting that usually marks the spot where actors and politicians…

Warrant issued for impaired driver after he fails to show at trial

Shane Gallup found guilty in Kindersley provincial court, even though he didn't show for his trial

Warrant issued for impaired driver after he fails to show at trialShane Gallup has been found guilty of impaired driving, among other charges, and a warrant was issued for his arrest because he didn’t show up for his trial. The trial was set for Feb. 20 in Kindersley provincial court. The three Crown witnesses were in attendance and Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, said she was…

Local woman fined for multitude of offences

Crown prosecutor tells Kindersley court that Tara Wolf’s addictions are ‘out of control’

Local woman fined for multitude of offencesTara Wolf has received several fines for driving-related offences even though she says she only drove a short distance before police stopped her in October. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, told Kindersley provincial court on Feb. 20 that she had a joint submission to present. Wolf’s charges included driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than…

Man found guilty of taking work truck without permission

Jacob Mandel receives conditional discharge, ordered to pay $500 to the company, plus a $100 victim surcharge

Man found guilty of taking work truck without permissionJacob Mandel has received a conditional discharge in Kindersley provincial court for taking a company truck without permission. He has also been ordered to pay restitution. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, said that the accused was working for the company but didn’t have permission to take the truck. Court heard that before Mandel made it…

Trial by tweet: heads drop in the basket without trial

The #MeToo movement has ushered in a revolution that discards hard-won concepts like the presumption of innocence and due process

Trial by tweet: heads drop in the basket without trialIf anyone doubted that the #MeToo movement has ushered in a revolution, the political execution of Patrick Brown should put those doubts to rest. As in all revolutions, not all the heads that fall into the basket deserve to be there – but the Madame Defarges of this world will gleefully stand by and watch.…

Waiting for the next inevitable mass murder

Too many Americans love their guns too much to ever surrender them simply because a law says they must

Waiting for the next inevitable mass murderLast week saw yet another school shooting in the United States. It has led to the now predictable and oft-repeated reactions on all sides. The public and politicians alike offer prayers, condolences and, frankly, precious little else in the way of concrete plans of action. Highlighted are the always-poignant stories of isolated acts of sacrifice…

Crossing the hard line between the judiciary and politics

Just as it’s improper for a judge to comment on political matters, it’s completely inappropriate for politicians to comment publicly about court cases

Crossing the hard line between the judiciary and politicsThe jury trial of Gerald Stanley, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, marks a new development in criminal law. The trial itself was not unusual – a jury heard the evidence, deliberated and acquitted the Saskatchewan farmer. It’s what followed the acquittal that’s remarkable. Immediately following the verdict, the most senior…