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queer (v.) Look up queer at Dictionary.com
“to spoil, ruin,” 1812, from queer (adj.). Related: Queered; queering. Earlier it meant “to puzzle, ridicule, cheat” (1790). To queer the pitch (1846) is in reference to the patter of an itinerant tradesman or showman (see pitch (n.1)).
These wanderers, and those who are still seen occasionally in the back streets of the metropolis, are said to ‘go a-pitching ;’ the spot they select for their performance is their ‘pitch,’ and any interruption of their feats, such as an accident, or the interference of a policeman, is said to ‘queer the pitch,’–in other words, to spoil it. [Thomas Frost, “Circus Life and Circus Celebrities,” London, 1875]
queer (adj.) Look up queer at Dictionary.com
c. 1500, “strange, peculiar, eccentric,” from Scottish, perhaps from Low German (Brunswick dialect) queer “oblique, off-center,” related to German quer “oblique, perverse, odd,” from Old High German twerh “oblique,” from PIE root *terkw- “to turn, twist, wind” (see thwart (adv.)).
CBC wants hundreds of millions more
CBC/Radio-Canada wants all its services to broadcast ad-free — but would need $318 million in new annual funding to do so, the public broadcaster said Monday in a proposal to the federal government.
The recommendation was one of several the CBC made in a submission to Canadian Heritage’s public consultation on homegrown content in a digital world.
“In order to exit advertising, CBC/Radio-Canada would require $318 million in replacement funding,” states the filing.
Greyhound passenger who beheaded, cannibalized passenger is granted freedom
A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom.
Manitoba’s Criminal Code Review Board announced Friday it has given Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an absolute discharge, meaning he is longer subject to monitoring.
Baker, a diagnosed schizophrenic, killed Tim McLean, a young carnival worker who was a complete stranger to Baker, in 2008. A year later he was found not criminally responsible due to mental illness.
Canada: Parliament Condemns Free Speech
“Now that Islamophobia has been condemned, this is not the end, but rather the beginning.” — Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum. Majzoub is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
What exactly are they condemning? Criticism of Islam? Criticism of Muslims? Debating Mohammed? Depicting Mohammed? Discussing whether ISIS is a true manifestation of Islam? Is any Canadian who now writes critically of Islam or disagrees with the petitioners that ISIS “does not reflect in any way the values or the teachings of the religion of Islam” now to be considered an “Islamophobe”?
Think Canada Allows Freedom of Speech? Think Again
I heard a lawyer comment that free speech in Canada is not an absolute right. I was a bit surprised by that comment, so I did a little research. According to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:a) freedom of conscience and religion;
b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
d) freedom of association.
But the Boston Globe pointed this out, somewhat tongue in cheek, but accurate:
How do you like your free speech — well chilled? Canada has no First Amendment and adheres to primitive British-style libel laws.
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