Monday, March 09, 2009

On Wednesday we find out...

...if Ottawa is run by benighted, intolerant fools or by folks who can stand a little civil debate in our community.

Local writer Phil Jenkins notes today
that the former appear to have taken over both Carleton University and the Ottawa Transit Committee.

The Carleton administration banned a poster during Israeli Apartheid Week and sent security to seize copies from a campus literature table. The Ottawa City Council's Transit Committee upheld a ban on OC Transpo bus ads that would have read: "There probably is no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The full City Council will be considering the matter on March 11.

(As an aside, the weasel-word "probably" is what got those ads aboard some British buses. One irritated columnist declared that from now on all transit ads claiming the existence of a supernatural being should have to insert the word "allegedly.")

This isn't Tennessee. If you are a resident, contact your city councillor forthwith.

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