Thursday Threads

  • Parliament told to stay away from the politics of satirical religion
    by Postmedia News on July 7, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    When it comes to taking the Lord’s name in vain, Parliament has no business getting involved, according to a justice department access to information memo obtained by Blacklock’s Reporter. In 2018, Parliament repealed a law on criminal blasphemy last used to prosecute distributors of the movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The prosecution involved a

  • ‘No timeline’ on dismantling City Hall tent city
    by Bryan Passifiume on July 7, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    City staff remain hopeful those responsible for an illegal, weeks-long occupation on Nathan Phillips Square will leave on their own accord. Served notice of trespass last week and ordered to vacate the square by Monday, occupants of a makeshift tent city in front of Toronto City Hall were still going strong Tuesday morning, with seemingly

  • Ontario reports 112 new cases, seeks to extend some emergency measures
    by Canadian Press on July 7, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Ontario introduced new legislation Tuesday to enable the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year, a move an opposition critic said could curb checks on the powers granted to the government. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the legislation would allow the government to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at

  • ‘Costco Ken’ flips out over mask request
    by Postmedia News on July 7, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Another clip has gone viral of an American unhappy about being told to wear a mask. In this one, a Florida man at a Costco store was filmed yelling that he felt “threatened” by customers who wanted him to don a mask. The clip was posted to Twitter by documentary film director Billy Corben. Florida

  • Booze buyers must abide by municipal mask rules: LCBO
    by Antonella Artuso on July 7, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Ontarians in some jurisdictions including Toronto will have to mask up to booze it up. The LCBO said in a statement Tuesday that it will not allow unmasked customers into its stores in areas where local bylaws require face coverings in public indoor spaces. “While the requirement to wear face coverings may vary by region,

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