DETROIT (AP) â” A caravan of Canadians bringing jugs with 1,000 liters of water arrived in Detroit on Thursday afternoon in a symbolic protest against the bankrupt city shutting off water to residents who haven’t paid their bills. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has stepped up collection efforts for residential and business water service, and water shutoffs rose from 500 in March to 7,200 in June. Human rights groups have appealed the shutoffs to the United Nations, and the judge in Detroit’s bankruptcy case said the shutoffs were hurting the city’s image.
However, a question in French addressing the role of Louis Riel in Canada’s history is causing some controversy.
The question is: “What threat did Louis Riel represent for Canada?” And the required answer is: “He led two armed uprisings that threatened the future of Canada as a country extending from one sea to the other.”
Elder Guy Savoie with the Union Nationale Métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba (The National Métis Union) is indignant.
"Oh! This is so wrong. First, Canada wasn’t threatened. And more importantly, it was not a rebellion. It was a form of resistance."
According to Mr. Savoie, it is an attempt to rewrite history and hide the mistakes made by the government of the day.
On Sunday, the Daily Beast published a thought-provoking post-Hobby Lobby piece by Jay Michaelson pondering why women are losing legal battles while gay people keep winning. Michaelson gives ten reasonable hypotheses, but leaves out the two most overwhelmingly obvious possibilities. The first is that Justice Anthony Kennedy likes gay rights more than women’s rights….