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Friday, January 19, 2007

Oh, Canada

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 10:11 AM

The obvious light at the end of the tunnel is the end of the presidency of George W. Bush.

A new U.S. president will take the oath of office in January 2009.

Couldn't come fast enough, eh?

Hang in there, America.

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Our neighbors to the north are certainly hoping so, as Canadians read in today's Toronto Star. A piece by Tim Harper focusing in on Vermont's senior U.S. senator - Patrick J. Leahy:

Leahy was the first member of the U.S. Congress to raise questions about the rendition of Maher Arar to Syria by the Bush administration. He co-sponsored an amendment that pushed back the deadline for tough new border restrictions, and said talk of a fence along the northern border was the most "cockamamie" idea he'd ever heard.

He also enshrined himself in the exclusive FOC – Friends of Canada – circle by twice calling Canadian ambassadors here as banners or flags were flying at half staff, acknowledging tragedies in this country.

He's a lifelong civil libertarian, a mild-mannered man in his daily routine but known to blow a gasket when he's being stonewalled, or when he feels he must pounce on an injustice.

 (Freyne Land file photo)

I couldn't post a link for some unknown reason, so please copy & paste for full article.
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http://www.thestar.com/article/172763


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Peter Freyne

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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