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The letter sent to the Toronto police.
Letter to the Editor - Apr. 28, 2008 By Donald Barber
A formal request has been sent to the Chief of Toronto police. In the Toronto Sun, Apr. 27, 2008, a cartoon was printed that clearly advocates the terrorist act/attack of blowing up Toronto City hall and specifically making sure that the City “Council chamber is full before detonation” of Toronto Councillors were inside. It also shows wires running to other parts of Toronto City hall for what could only be to promote the idea of blowing up the whole building with explosives - killing all inside.
A legal precedence was recently set in Peel, in the case of Antonio Batista a 75 year old man who wrote and did a very limited distributed of a satirical poem suggesting that a Mississauga Councillor who thought pot holes were not all bad, should be buried in one. He was found guilty of the offence of uttering a threat to cause death, pursuant to s. 264.1 (l)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. As the “actions of the accused crossed the line from permissible political comment to prohibited criminal conduct.” At the very least the charge of Intimidation towards elected officials should be laid. The above has been sent to the
As Canadians we know that there is a law for the rich and a law for the poor. That it is likely the Toronto police will be too fearful to take on the media. But it should be noted that Peel police had no such trouble taking on poor old Antonio Batista who fled a dictatorship in his home land of Portugal for a freer & saner life in Canada, where he was a model citizen. In his home land they made up songs to poke fun at the oppressive government, in Canada it is now a crime. It cost the “Pothole poet” and his wife their life savings to fight for justice & found none, in the eyes of reasonable people. If the Ontario government can find the time and Court resources to persecute those it feels can’t fight back, to set undemocratic legal precedence, they should try taking on the media for a real fight, so we will not be losing our rights a piece at a time, in unfair legal contests.
I am willing to discuss my letter with you and there is an answering machine you can leave a detailed private message on. My phone number is (905) ******** & E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sincerely yours; Donald Barber
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