Date: Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:01:48 AM America/Montreal
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, martin.P@parl.gc.ca
Subject: Cotler announces same-sex bill for next week, moves to silence Liberal critics
Call me paranoid, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Vincent read my blog. He was acting different yesterday; almost civil. Didn't yell once, even though he seems to be under a lot of pressure, what with the shop renovations, addition of new equipment and large contracts. He had rented a van yesterday; I accompanied him to the rental location on Jean Talon and then drove the van back to the shop. It was a nice change of pace. I worked late, finishing gluing the steps. Decided to take a break from class and stayed in. Worked a bit, ate some supper and watched Les Ordres on TV. Hadn't realized before just how draconian the War Measures Act was, especially for the people that were arrested as a result of it. The Act gives the government almost unlimited powers. More than 450 citizens were arrested and nearly all of them (435) were released later without ever being charged. It seems a disturbing pattern emerged: for the most part, those arrested were separatists and radical social spokesmen. In the eyes of many the purpose of the operation was to crush separatism - the legitimate legal movement- and to uphold the status quo. The film follows five "ordinary" folks, from having the police show up at their doors, through the gritty reality of being incarcerated. Not fun. And now we have post 911 changes, don't we? Didn't the anti-terrorism act amend a whole slough of other acts, removing civil liberties clauses and due processes, making it easier for police to hold and detain "suspected" terrorists? And it goes on and on.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I'm almost late for work.…Student loans are starting to call me. I swear they called at 7am and then hung up—probably realizing that there was a time difference from where they were calling. And from where were they calling? It could have been anywhere. Next time I'll ask.