Saturday, February 24, 2007


At last! Security certificates have been declared contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedom. Finally, thanks to the Supreme Court of Canada, their validity has flown out the window.

No more do we have to think of Kingston Penitentiary as our own dirty little version of the CIA prison at Guantanomo Bay. Too often the special facility in Ontario has been referred to as Guantanamo North, or even Guantanamo Lite.

Even though this decision doesn't have anything to do with books, it seems appropriate that it should be made at the beginning of Freedom to Read Week.

I take heart in this decision and can only think that maybe there still is hope for Canada as an independent nation. Now we just have to find out when they're going to actually release these prisoners who have been held without any specific reason being given.

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