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O Canada!

"Worthwhile Canadian Initiative" once won a New Republic contest for the most boring conceivable headline for a New York Times editorial. With that in mind, here are some Canadian initiatives the Times would no doubt find worthwhile:

  • A New Brunswick human rights tribunal says that a 14-year-old girl who's on a hockey team has to be able to use the same locker room as the boys on the team.
  • A Quebec tribunal says a homosexual man should get $1,000 because a used car salesman referred to him (out of earshot) as "fifi". The salesman and his employer have also been ordered to pay interest and expenses.
  • So it's not surprising that Prime Minister Martin has gone to Russia to discuss human rights with Putin. With such achievements to point to, I'm sure Putin will take him seriously.