Friday, January 21, 2011

Wimpy Canada?

Lorne Gunter has a great piece on recent events in Canada.

Lorne Gunter: We’ve become a wimpy state, as well as a nanny state

Lorne Gunter January 20, 2011 – 9:30 am

Last week, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council barred the country’s 700-plus private radio stations from playing the 1980s Dire Straits hit Money for Nothing because a lone complainant in St. John’s, Nfld. objected to the word “faggot” in the lyrics. Just before Christmas, the National Capital Commission (NCC) caused one prominent Montreal chef to withdraw from a winter-festival gala dinner scheduled for this month when it decreed no dish could contain foie gras, the goose liver pate. Apparently the NCC had received “three or four” threats of “possible” protest by animal rights activists outside the banquet. Now, Tuesday evening the National Archives cancelled the screening of a film critical of Iran’s nuclear ambitions because, again, of mere threats of protest.

More editorials on censorship in Ottawa.

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