My friend Karen Selick of the Canadian Constitution Foundation has an excellent article on how our judges are contributing to the power of the nanny state and crushing our freedoms. Given the actions of the burghers of clarington against the Jaworskis, she is quite right. Freedom is a Canadian value, perhaps our judges should read Fearful Symmetry to be reminded of this fundamental fact.
Liberty in Canada? Don't count on it
BY KAREN SELICK, FREELANCE SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
Widespread ridicule from abroad has apparently caused the Iranian government to back down on outlawing certain hairstyles for men -ponytails, for instance.
Nevertheless, Iranians have been subject to grooming and dress codes for decades. This summer, Iranian police have been arresting women for such heinous offences as wearing too much lipstick or sporting sun tans. Barber shops have been ordered by police not to pluck men's eyebrows.
Do the people of Iran enjoy liberty? Most Canadians, upon hearing of these bizarre rules, would respond with a resounding "No!" Such regimentation, enforced by law, spells full-fledged authoritarianism to us -the very antithesis of liberty.