National Post on the unusual approach of defendant Chiheb Esseghaier who told the judge today that the charges against him don’t matter because the Criminal Code is not the holy book. National Post.
|Muslim dress known as the niqab|
An Ontario court has ordered a Muslim woman to remove her niqab when she testifies at the preliminary hearing for two men she says sexually assaulted her. The woman cannot be named. Ontario Court Justice Norris Weisman concluded: “Permitting her to wear her niqab while testifying in court does … create a serious risk to trial fairness.” He added, “Her credibility is very much in issue and unfortunately, no accommodation of the parties conflicting Charter rights is possible.”
The Layers of Leaside Archival Exhibit opened Tuesday at the Leaside Library at 165 McRae Drive. The exhibit is a thoroughly entertaining display of old photographs and memorabilia. The pictures are organized in a way that helps a visitor make sense of the numerous stages in the history of the community. It’s well worth a visit. Pictures we liked showed the long-gone octagonal house (top) built by William Lea in 1850 near the present site of Leaside Arena. The octagonal home, known as Leaside, burned in 1913. Someone was present on that day and captured this image as the house billowed smoke. Also (below) in the Leaside Exhibit is a picture of the 1902 John Edmund Lea home at 33 Heather Road. At lower right is the renovated Edmund Lea home where it can be seen the home has been extended to the south. It also got a third dormer and that elegant decorative window beside the porch. Tara Hatherly — East York Mirror
A story in the National Post about how to bring up kids in the political spotlight offers an insight into the wise mind of Laureen Harper. When the reporter asked her to give advice to Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire on this subject Mrs Harper adroitly sidestepped the invitation. Instead, she suggested that it would be presumptuous to say the least for her to give advice to a dynamic young couple like Justin and Sophie. But she was not finished. For her next gambit Mrs Harper laid on the humility with a trowel. You have to admire her political savvy when she said she could probably take lessons from Trudeau and Gregoire. Finally, each will have to judge for himself if this seems even close to the truth but for her ultimate bob-and-weave, the prime minister’s spouse said that people recognize Sophie Gregoire when she walks down the street but that they would never even notice Laureen Harper. This is what you call a clever political wife.