Month: October 2019

Toronto Couple’s ICE, Mexican Halloween Costume Draws Online Criticism

A screenshot of a since-deleted Instagram post showing a Toronto couple dressed as an ICE officer and Mexican.

This should really go without saying by now, but please don’t wear a racist costume for Halloween. It was wrong in college, it’s wrong now, and it was wrong when the prime minister did it. 

In the most recent racist costume news, Toronto couple Marty Fortier and Manuel Navarro are facing harsh online backlash after sharing photos of their Halloween couple’s costume to Instagram, first reported by LGBTQ news site the Advocate. Fortier dressed as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer, while Navarro wore a sombrero, moustache, and sash in what is a pretty blatantly racist Mexican caricature. 

Because dressing up as people dying in U.S. custody and the people detaining them is suuuuper funny. 

The original posts have been taken down and both Fortier and Navarro’s accounts converted to private, but they continue to be dragged on Twitter.

Even Xtra, Canada’s largest online LGBTQ magazine waded into the fray.

HuffPost reached out to Fortier over Facebook messenger for comment and did not get a response. A screenshot of an Instagram stories apology attributed to Navarro has also circulated on Twitter, where he points out that he himself is Mexican.

“Me and my boyfriend have been receiving so many hateful comments and messages from last [night’s] Halloween costumes,” he wrote. “All this for the simple fact that MOST people are feeling offended?

However, many users pointed out that doesn’t excuse him or Fortier for racism.

This costume choice comes in the midst of an ongoing crisis in the southern United States, where children are being separated from their parents at the border and housed in detention centres. Several human rights groups have declared a humanitarian crisis, as migrants from Central and South America continue to die in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. 

The Toronto couple’s costume is the latest in our annual string of culturally problematic Halloween costumes ranging from  “Indian” costumes to portrayals of “terrorists.” These costumes promote inaccurate and harmful stereotypes of certain groups of people and have been proven to actually put them in danger

People are fed up.

That’s all to say, don’t dress up as an ICE agent and a “Mexican”. Maybe next time, go with a classic couples costume — think ketchup and mustard bottle, Thing One and Thing Two, a cat and a dog — or maybe just a stop sign, because this needs to stop. 

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By The Wall of Law October 30, 2019 Off

Ontario Energy Minister Accuses Liberal Staffers Of Ripping Off Anti-Carbon Stickers

TORONTO — Liberal staffers are peeling government-mandated anti-carbon tax stickers off of gas pumps, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said Tuesday, insisting that disappearing decals are not the result of faulty glue.

Rickford pointed to a Facebook post from the chief of staff for federal Liberal MP Paul Lefebvre, who boasted a milestone in ripping off the stickers.

“Tonight, I ripped off and destroyed my 100th of Doug Ford’s propaganda stickers,” Mike Whitehouse wrote in a now-deleted post from Oct. 22. “Proud to do my part to push back on Ford’s grotesque reign of incompetence.”

Whitehouse posted a new statement Tuesday afternoon.

Ontario's Minister of Energy Greg Rickford in the Legislature in Toronto on Oct. 29, 2019.

“Lest this go any further, I want to make it clear that defacing stickers on gasoline pumps is against the law and I don’t…recommend anyone do it, no matter how morally and intellectually indefensible these stickers are,” he wrote. “I regret deeply that my actions may have detracted from the genuine and honest work that so many others are doing to fight the global climate crisis.”

Rickford said he thinks Liberals are embarrassed about the cost of the carbon tax.

The stickers show the federal carbon tax adding 4.4 cents per litre to the price of gas now, rising to 11 cents a litre in 2022. They do not include information about rebates available to residents.

A gas pump displays an anti-carbon tax sticker in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2019.

The carbon tax is expected to cost a typical household $258 this year and $648 by 2022. Residents of provinces with the tax will be getting rebates on their income tax returns that start at $128 annually and increase for people with spouses or dependents at home.

Ford has previously commented on reports that the stickers were peeling off because they used the wrong adhesive, joking that his family label business should have produced the decals.

“They have to pull me off the ceiling when I hear they are coming off,” the premier said last month. “It’s like the shoemaker’s daughter not getting shoes.”

Greg Rickford in the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Oct. 29, 2019.

But Rickford said Tuesday there’s no evidence that the stickers aren’t sticking.

“The only problem that we’ve had with stickers are Liberal staffers actually peeling them off gas pumps,” Rickford said in the legislature.

“There’s no evidence to support that the stickers are not sticking,” he added later.

Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said he didn’t buy it.

“Where I get my gas, I’ve been watching the stickers slowly peel away from the pumps,” he said.

Fraser said that peeling stickers off the pumps wasn’t appropriate, but Rickford is making it sound like a conspiracy theory of Liberal staffers fanning out across the province.

The stickers have been criticized as forced speech by opposition politicians and Ontario’s Chamber of Commerce — and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched a legal challenge.

Ontario is among several provinces challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax in court, and though Ford said in August that voters would decide the fate of it, the government is pressing ahead.

’A waste of public money

Rickford defended the backtrack.

“A minority government doesn’t validate the carbon tax,” he said.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath decried the $30 million the government has earmarked for its fight against the carbon tax, which includes the legal case it is taking to the country’s top court and the sticker campaign.

“It’s a waste of public money all the way around,” she said.

This story by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2019.

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By The Wall of Law October 30, 2019 Off

PC minister accuses Liberal staffers of removing anti-carbon tax stickers

TORONTO — Liberal staffers are peeling government-mandated anti-carbon tax stickers off of gas pumps, Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford said Tuesday, insisting that disappearing decals are not the result of faulty glue.

Rickford pointed to a Facebook post from the chief of staff for federal Liberal MP Paul Lefebvre, who boasted a milestone in ripping off the stickers.

“Tonight, I ripped off and destroyed my 100th of Doug Ford’s propaganda stickers,” Mike Whitehouse wrote in a now-deleted post from Oct. 22. “Proud to do my part to push back on Ford’s grotesque reign of incompetence.”

Whitehouse posted a new statement Tuesday afternoon.

“Lest this go any further, I want to make it clear that defacing stickers on gasoline pumps is against the law and I don’t…recommend anyone do it, no matter how morally and intellectually indefensible these stickers are,” he wrote. “I regret deeply that my actions may have detracted from the genuine and honest work that so many others are doing to fight the global climate crisis.”

Rickford said he thinks Liberals are embarrassed about the cost of the carbon tax.

The stickers show the federal carbon tax adding 4.4 cents per litre to the price of gas now, rising to 11 cents a litre in 2022. They do not include information about rebates available to residents.

carbon tax gas station sticker

The carbon tax is expected to cost a typical household $258 this year and $648 by 2022. Residents of provinces with the tax will be getting rebates on their income tax returns that start at $128 annually and increase for people with spouses or dependents at home.

Ford has previously commented on reports that the stickers were peeling off because they used the wrong adhesive, joking that his family label business should have produced the decals.

“They have to pull me off the ceiling when I hear they are coming off,” the premier said last month. “It’s like the shoemaker’s daughter not getting shoes.”

But Rickford said Tuesday there’s no evidence that the stickers aren’t sticking.

“The only problem that we’ve had with stickers are Liberal staffers actually peeling them off gas pumps,” Rickford said in the legislature.

“There’s no evidence to support that the stickers are not sticking,” he added later.

Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said he didn’t buy it.

“Where I get my gas, I’ve been watching the stickers slowly peel away from the pumps,” he said.

Fraser said that peeling stickers off the pumps wasn’t appropriate, but Rickford is making it sound like a conspiracy theory of Liberal staffers fanning out across the province.

The stickers have been criticized as forced speech by opposition politicians and Ontario’s Chamber of Commerce — and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched a legal challenge.

Ontario is among several provinces challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax in court, and though Ford said in August that voters would decide the fate of it, the government is pressing ahead.

Rickford defended the backtrack.

“A minority government doesn’t validate the carbon tax,” he said.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath decried the $30 million the government has earmarked for its fight against the carbon tax, which includes the legal case it is taking to the country’s top court and the sticker campaign.

“It’s a waste of public money all the way around,” she said.

This story by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2019.

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By The Wall of Law October 30, 2019 Off

U.K. Poised For First December Election In Nearly A Century

A December general election is all but certain in the U.K. after Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn announced he would back a snap vote.

The Labour Opposition leader said on Tuesday he would vote for a pre-Christmas showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives now that a no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31 was “off the table.”

Corbyn’s remarks came only hours before Prime Minister Johnson was set to ask U.K. lawmakers for a fourth time to approve an early election, saying voters must have the chance to break the Brexit deadlock in British Parliament.

“We’re launching the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen. This is a once-in-a-generation chance to build a country for the many, not the few. It’s time,” Corbyn said.

Johnson will introduce a short bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday to trigger an election. Labour’s shadow cabinet met Tuesday morning to decide whether or not to back the move. 

There is still wrangling over the exact date of the election. The government wants it to be held on Dec. 12. But the Liberal Democrats (Lib Dems) and the Scottish National Party (SNP) have demanded it be held on Dec. 9, arguing more students will still be at university and able to vote on the earlier date.

A source at 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister’s official residence, indicated Johnson was willing to compromise on the date. The source suggested the government was willing to accept a compromise date of Dec. 11, and would agree to amend the early parliamentary election bill on Tuesday to specify this.

“I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table,” Corbyn told the shadow cabinet Tuesday morning.

“We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to Jan. 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no deal off the table has now been met,” he continued.

“We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”

‘Sheer madness’

Labour has been divided over whether or not to back an election. Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman tweeted it was “sheer madness” to hold an election in December.

Kevan Jones, the MP for North Durham, said he would not be voting for an early election as the Brexit “impasse” could only be overcome by further debate of Johnson’s Brexit deal.

The prime minister called for an election after being forced to break his pledge to leave the EU by Oct. 31 because he could not get his Brexit deal through the House in time.

On Monday night, he was denied the two-thirds Commons majority he needed for a snap election in a vote on a Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA) motion.

But Johnson responded by backing a Lib Dem/SNP plan for legislation to get around the FTPA, meaning only a simple majority of MPs was required to trigger an election.

The prime minister also promised to drop his Brexit deal, almost guaranteeing SNP and Lib Dem support while forcing Labour into backing the early parliamentary election bill or face being dragged into an election against its will. 

The view outside 10 Downing Street in London is seen here on Tuesday as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed for a pre-Christmas general election in the U.K.

It effectively pitches the first winter election in decades as a battle for Brexit. The last December election in the U.K. was in 1923. 

Johnson took office in July vowing to “get Brexit done” after his predecessor, Theresa May, resigned in defeat. Parliament had rejected her divorce deal three times, and the EU had delayed Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure, first to April, and then to the end of October.

The EU on Monday agreed to extend the Brexit deadline for a third time, this time until Jan. 31.

Johnson, who said just weeks ago that he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than postpone the U.K.’s leaving date past Oct. 31, was forced to seek the extension on Parliament’s orders to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which would damage the economies of both Britain and the EU.

“We cannot continue with this endless delay,” Johnson said Monday.

Here's a look Boris Johnson's early parliamentary general election bill.

With files from The Associated Press

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By The Wall of Law October 29, 2019 Off