CANADA

National Notes

A BATTLE OVER NEWS BANS

December 14 1992
CANADA

National Notes

A BATTLE OVER NEWS BANS

December 14 1992

National Notes

A BATTLE OVER NEWS BANS

Chief Justice Charles Dubin of the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a lower-court injunction against the showing in Ontario and Western Quebec of the CBC’s The Boys of St. Vincent, a made-for-TV fictional account of abuse by members of a religious order. But the court ruled that the two-part series could be broadcast in other parts of Canada. It also overturned a sweeping publication ban to bar any news coverage relating to the show or the court proceedings. The injunction and the ban had been granted to four Christian Brothers facing trials on charges of abuse at schools in Ontario.

TAXING THE ROCK

In the fight to control his province’s projected $ 154-million deficit for 19921993, Newfoundland Finance Minister Winston Baker tabled a mini-budget that raised personal income, tobacco and gasoline taxes and the cost of drivers’ licences and vehicle registrations, but included tax concessions to businesses.

GUILTY AS CHARGED

Karl Toft, a former counsellor at the Kingsclear Youth Training Centre near Fredericton, received a 13-year prison sentence on 34 sex-related offences against boys entrusted to his care between 1965 and 1986. Toft, 56, who had earlier pleaded guilty, tried last week to change some of his pleas to not guilty, arguing that he had wanted to save his family the embarrassment of a trial. But a judge rejected his request, ruling that Toft had voluntarily pleaded guilty.

THE FIGHT FOR AIRTIME

A Calgary judge ruled that the federal law allocating TV advertising time during election campaigns is unconstitutional because it favors the three major parties. The Reform Party of Canada challenged the law, which would provide it only 10 minutes of TV campaigning time compared to the Conservatives’ 173 minutes. Justice Virgil Moshansky suspended his decision for six months to allow Parliament to produce a fairer formula.

B.C. SUSPENSION

B.C. Opposition Liberal Leader Gordon Wilson indefinitely suspended tourism and culture critic Clive Tanner from his caucus after Tanner wrote a letter of recommendation on official legislature stationery for a constituent recently convicted of sexually assaulting two girls aged 14 and 17. The 16 other members of the Liberal caucus voted unanimously to expel Tanner, MLA for Saanich.