From the Toronto Star, Letters to the Editor, January 29, 2007 :

Monia Mazigh is the Laura Secord of our time

Opinion, Jan. 28.I read Robert Meynell’s article and felt such an overwhelming sense of guilt. I had not even given a thought to the desperate loneliness this gallant lady must have felt. I hope she runs for politics. I would surely vote for Monia. Write a book, Monia, and I’ll buy it; speak and I’ll come and listen.

She did indeed make me realize how powerful love makes a person. She did it with dignity, so quietly we almost did not see it.

Evelyn Lowery, Brampton


EDITORIAL: – opinion – Temper, temper, Mr. Ambassador

Temper, temper, Mr. Ambassador

Jan 29, 2007

….After almost a year of torture in Syria, Arar returned to Canada. An inquiry cleared him of involvement with terrorism, and he is no longer considered a security risk here. But the Americans still think he’s a threat.

Day has been vocal in his criticism of that stance. Last week, it was Wilkins’ turn to get vocal.

“It’s a little presumptuous of (Day) to say who the United States can and cannot allow into our country,” the ambassador huffed. “Canadian officials would rightly never tolerate any American official dictating to them who they may or may not allow into their country.”

Was it not “presumptuous” for the Americans to pack Arar off to Syria, instead of simply sending him back to Canada?

Suppose Canadian authorities seized an American citizen at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Suppose said citizen was not sent back to the United States, but spirited away to another country, one with a dubious human-rights record. Suppose said citizen suffered torture in that country.

This would, rightly, never be tolerated by the Americans.

So why should it be tolerated by us?

This is an edited version of an editorial that ran Friday in the Halifax Daily News.