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In Canada, The Supreme Court Is Facing A Major Case About Comedy And Freedom Of Speech

At issue: Whether the comedian Mike Ward harmed a disabled teenager by mocking his disability, calling him “ugly,” saying that the youth would die soon and if he didn’t, the comedian would drown him. Comedians in Canada are not laughing about this case. One asked, “Will I need to have my every comedy routine reviewed by a lawyer, or think before every joke whether I am going to find myself in front of the Supreme Court?” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Supreme Court, Canada, Issues, Mike Ward, 02.20.21

How A Bad Joke Ended Up In Canada’s Top Court

Comedian Mike Ward made a bad joke about a teenager with a disability back in 2010. The victim sued and the case is now in the Supreme Court. Many comedians are supporting Ward. “The support comes amid concern in stand-up comedy circles that it’s found itself pulled into the debate around political correctness, free speech, censorship, and cancel culture. There’s a fear of a chilling effect on comedy.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Canada, Mike Ward, Supreme Court Many, 02.15.21

Kristi Noem's grandmother died in a nursing home hit by COVID-19 as the South Dakota governor continued to downplay the virus

Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first budget address to lawmakers at the state Capitol in this January 23, 2019, file photo from Pierre, South Dakota. AP Photo/James Nord South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's 98-year-old grandmother Aldys Arnold died on November 22.  She was living at a nursing home in Estelline, South Dakota, where 12 residents died from COVID-19-related causes between November 14 and November 28, the facility's administrator Mike Ward told the Daily Beast. Arnold tested negativ...
Tags: Health, Death, Politics, Science, News, Trends, South Dakota, Ward, Capitol, South Dakota Department of Health, JAMES NORD, Kristi Noem, Mike Ward, Pierre South Dakota, Noem, ESTELLINE

Fire Crews, Solano County Residents Prepare As Strongest Wind Event Of Fire Season Rolls Through

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Tags: News, Local, Seen On, Syndicated Local, Fairfield, Solano County, Electric, Vacaville, Concepcion, Greater Sacramento, Mike Ward, Stephanie Taylor, Solano County News, Fire Watch, Kris Concepcion, Dixon Fruit Market The National Weather Service

The US police department that decided to hire social workers

In 2016, the Alexandria, Kentucky, police chief talked the city into hiring a social worker – and four years on, the current chief sees the program as indispensable The Alexandria police chief, Mike Ward, was “sick and tired” of sending his officers to respond to 911 calls that they lacked the skills and time to handle. In this small Kentucky town of 10,000 people 15 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio, two-thirds of the calls police responded to were not criminal – instead, they were mental health ...
Tags: Kentucky, US, World news, US news, US policing, Alexandria, Cincinnati Ohio, Mike Ward, Alexandria Kentucky

ADIPOSE BOATWORKS - Raffle to Support Guides Who Row

The good folks at Adipose Boatworks want to to support the guides who are not able to work through the coronavirus pandemic and are offering up a 2020 Adipose package in a raffle with the hopes of raising $50,000.Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and you can get tickets at least through April 30, 2020.Check out the video on the Adipose Boatworks Facebook page and then keep reading. From the Adipose Boatworks Facebook page..."Here at Adipose we have been blessed with the support of fi...
Tags: Montana, Sport, TFM, Fishing, Trump, Mike Ward, Cameron Mortenson, Adipose Boatworks, Adipose Boatworks Facebook, Justin Waayenberg

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. DROITS ET LIBERTÉS : La Cour d’appel confirme que les propos tenus par Mike Ward à l’endroit de Jérémy Gabriel, lequel est atteint du syndrome de Treacher Collins, sont de nature discriminatoire ...
Tags: Law, Canada, Roy, Quebec, La Cour, Gabriel, Appel, Savard, Treacher Collins, Mike Ward, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice, Juges Manon Savard Claudine Roy, Treacher Collins Surnommé

Seeing Green: John Boehner Stars In Pot Ad Hyping ‘Rapid Growth!’

Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was spotted in a cable news ad for “the American Cannabis Summit” Wednesday, which hyped an hour-long video promoting a membership program that provides information to prospective cannabis investors.  John Boehner appears in cannabis ad: — Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) January 9, 2019 Boehner announced in April that he was joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company with licenses to grow and dispense the drug...
Tags: News, House, John Boehner, Boehner, Nici, Mike Ward, Matt Shuham, Acreage Holdings, the National Institute for Cannabis Investors, Danny Brody, Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd

Top Texas #CJreform Stories of 2018

Passage of the First Step Act was clearly the biggest criminal justice policy story of 2018, and congrats to all the Texans who were a part of that. But Grits wanted to take a moment to identify the biggest state-level Texas criminal-justice stories of the year. Here's the list I came up with. Let me know what else you think should have been included.1. Elections: Creuzot, Gonzalez, in, Abel Reyna, Nico Lahood out; Harris Co. and appellate courts sweep Democrat: Texas statewide races failed to "...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, Austin, Gop, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Ward, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Legislature, Lone Star State, Huntsville

The scandal behind the scandal of journalist Mike Ward making up quotes

While other journalists have expressed astonishment that Mike Ward, the former Austin bureau chief of the Houston Chronicle and long-time Austin Statesman reporter, was caught making up quotes in his stories, Grits cannot muster much surprise.As a journalist, Ward was a sycophant to power. The quotes he made up were of so-called average people because those were the folks whom he didn't bother to talk to, whose opinions he assumed he knew. Rarely were reform-minded opinions portrayed fully or fa...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Mike, Ward, Houston Chronicle, Mike Ward, Gritsforbreakfast, Austin Statesman

Snapchat Helps 400,000+ Users Register to Vote

The ephemeral app known as Snapchat, launched in 2011 with the promise of disappearing messages that left no social trail, has become a digital power broker as US mid-term elections fast approach. Starting in September, on National Voter Registration Day, Snap began displaying a link to a voter registration page on the profile of every user over 18 years old, accompanied by a video message promoting voter participation along with filters for users to encourage their friends to register. The Dis...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, Advertising, US, America, Kodak, Snapchat, Tennessee, Evan Spiegel, State, Engadget, Mike Ward, TurboVote, Russ Caditz Peck, Florida Georgia Ohio, Twitter Instagram Google

Houston Chronicle reporter accused of faking sources resigns

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston Chronicle reporter has resigned after questions arose about the existence of persons quoted in one of his stories. Austin bureau reporter Mike Ward had been with the Chronicle since 2014 after a long career with the Austin American-Statesman. In a statement posted Monday on the Chronicle website , Executive Editor […]
Tags: News, Ap, Austin, Houston, Houston Chronicle, Chronicle, Austin American Statesman, Mike Ward, Nation & World

The Scotty’s Muffler Top Fuel Dragster is Back on the Track, a Half-Century Since Mike Snively’s Last Pass

00Family. You were a lucky little son of a gun if the sperm lottery landed you in an automotive nest. Those gearhead relatives provided an advanced-placement course, a head start in hot rodding. If you were further fortunate, the folks let you drag some hopeless hunk of vintage tin home even before you came of driving age. If you were really, really blessed, your people were racers who hinted that if you kept your grades up and your nose clean, maybe you’d get to make a pass or run a lap someday...
Tags: Bruce Springsteen, Featured, Craigslist, California, Dave, Chevy, Charles, Mom, Dad, Scott Kelly, Billy, San Bernardino, Tom, Don, Mike, Kelly

"Abbott names top adviser to spot on Texas Supreme Court; Nominee to replace Twitter laureate does not tweet, has flip phone"

"Abbott names top adviser to spot on Texas Supreme Court; Nominee to replace Twitter laureate does not tweet, has flip phone": Mike Ward of The Houston Chronicle has this report.
Tags: Law, Abbott, Houston Chronicle, Texas Supreme Court, Mike Ward

Canada geese give hunters the slip by hiding out in Chicago

It's open season for Canada geese in Illinois from mid-October to mid-January. Unfortunately for hunters, Canada geese are finding a new way to stay out of the line of fire. Rather than being 'sitting ducks' in a rural pond, they're setting up residence in the city.University of Illinois ornithologist Mike Ward says he and a team of researchers conducted a recent study to try to find out why there were so many Canada geese in Chicago in the winter.
Tags: Science, Chicago, Canada, Illinois, University Of Illinois, Mike Ward

"Texas can implement key provision of 'sanctuary cities' law"

"Texas can implement key provision of 'sanctuary cities' law": Jason Buch and Guillermo Contreras have this front page article in today's edition of The San Antonio Express-News. In today's edition of The El Paso Times, Madlin Mekelburg has a front page article headlined "US appeals court lets parts of sanctuary cities ban go into effect." In today's edition of The Dallas Morning News, James Barragan has a front page article headlined "Appeals court rules parts of Texas' sanctuary cities ban c...
Tags: Texas, Law, Washington, US, Reuters, San Antonio Express News, Josh Gerstein, Jon Herskovitz, U S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, The Houston Chronicle, Guillermo Contreras, Mike Ward, Stephen Dinan, The Texas Tribune, James Barragan, Ted Hesson

Dead dogs, shot owners, greedy clerks, phony risks, and a 'seismic change in police interrogations'

Here are a few odds and ends that each merit their own blog posts, or at least they would if I weren't spending my days writing Just Liberty emails and action alerts. (E.g., go here to send your state rep an email asking them to sign on in support of Rep. Garnet Coleman's "Sandra Bland Act.") So while Grits is focused elsewhere, check out:Eva Ruth Moravec, Houston Chronicle: "Unarmed people hurt when Texas officers shot at dogs." Includes slide shot of dogs shot by cops!And from Mike Ward, also ...
Tags: Texas, Law, US, Houston, El Paso, State, Reid, Fort Worth Star Telegram, John Reid, Justice Policy Institute, Mike Ward, Gritsforbreakfast, John Whitmire, Garnet Coleman, Eva Ruth Moravec, Brandon Garrett

"Supreme Court says race-based testimony discriminated against black death row inmate"

"Supreme Court says race-based testimony discriminated against black death row inmate": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report. David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases." Mike Ward of The Houston Chronicle reports that "Supreme Court grants Texas death row inmate Duane Buck new hearing." Jordan Rudner of The Dallas Morning News reports that "Texan whose jury was told blacks more likely to be d...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, The Washington Post, U S Supreme Court, Robert Barnes, Buck, David G Savage, The Los Angeles Times, The Houston Chronicle, Mike Ward, The Dallas Morning News, Jordan Rudner, The Texas Tribune, Ariane de Vogue

Momentum for additional prison closures growing

At a Texas House Appropriations subcommittee meeting this week, legislators and staff openly discussed the possibility of additional prison closures in response to the budget crunch. Reported Mike Ward at the Houston Chronicle/Express-News:State lawmakers may consider shuttering another prison and paroling some older, infirm inmates to nursing homes in a bid to shift more than $400 million in funding toward rising health care costs and much-needed repairs and upgrades to Texas’ aging corrections...
Tags: Texas, Law, State, Ward, Legislature, West Texas, Colorado City, Texas House, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Mike Ward, Gritsforbreakfast, TDCJ, John Whitmire, Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Houston Chronicle Express News, Brian Collier

"In rare reversal, Texas Supreme Court takes gay marriage case"

"In rare reversal, Texas Supreme Court takes gay marriage case": Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has an article that begins, "In a rare reversal, the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court accepted a gay marriage case Friday after pressure from state GOP leaders and grass-roots activists." Mike Ward of The Houston Chronicle reports that "High court takes Houston same-sex benefits case after prod by GOP leaders." Lauren McGaughy of The Dallas Morning News reports that "At GOP leaders...
Tags: Law, Gop, Houston, Legislature, John Wright, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, Texas Supreme Court, Chuck Lindell, Texas GOP, Mike Ward, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Observer, The Texas Tribune, Alexa Ura

What should we teach ninth graders so police won't shoot them?

What might ninth graders be taught about interactions with law enforcement that could prevent police from shooting as many of them later on?That's the question posed by Sen. John Whitmire's suggestion that they be "taught how to properly interact with police when they are stopped for traffic violations or if they are detained," as the Houston Chronicle's Mike Ward reported on Thursday.Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston, said his proposed legislation would requir...
Tags: Texas, Law, Austin, Aclu, Rick Perry, Sandra Bland, George, Houston Chronicle, Legislature, Texas Education Agency, DPS, Rodney King, Mike Ward, Gritsforbreakfast, Senate Criminal Justice Committee, Whitmire

DOJ should intervene in Harris Co. bail litigation, and other brief notes

Here's a quick roundup of items which merit Grits readers attention even if they haven't made it into independent posts:The Houston Chronicle's Mike Ward explained to KUT "Why Texas could close even more prisons."A fine for an offense which doesn't exist highlights the absurdity and counterproductive incentives arising from debtors prison policies and practices.Jennifer Erschabek of the Texas Inmate Family Association had a column in the Houston Chronicle arguing that "Texas prison reform must g...
Tags: Texas, Law, Georgia, Houston, Doj, Houston Chronicle, Harris County, Harris Co, US Justice Department, Vanita Gupta, Mike Ward, Gritsforbreakfast, JoAnne Musick

Gun Freedom Radio~ Episode 46 ‘Guns & Candy’

GunFreedomRadio EP46 Guns and Candy Originally Aired On 7.16.16 Gun Freedom Radio Show Avondale, AZ -( Dan & Cheryl’s IntroThe DC Project & RallyThe Outdoor Expo at Westworld in Scottsdale AZThe terrible news events this week (5 officers killed)Theme: Guns and Candy…we clearly need something to soothe our souls after this past couple of weeks of terrible news of the officers in Dallas being shot and the opportunistic anti-gun rhetoric in the media and from the politicians, and...
Tags: Europe, New York, Podcasts, Guns, California, Washington, Nsa, Germany, Iraq, America, Chicago, Arizona, Army, Dallas, Rob, Westworld

Free speech roundup

New, much-anticipated documentary Can We Take a Joke? When Outrage and Comedy Collide [on demand, Greg Lukianoff] More on the fining of comedian Mike Ward by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal [ , earlier] “It is not ‘freedom of the press’ when newspapers and others are allowed to say and write whatever they want even if it is completely false!” [@donaldjtrump Sunday on Twitter] 25 years ago in my stump speech on lawsuit reform I criticized Trump for his use of legal threats to silence critics....
Tags: Tobacco, Law, Obama, Washington Post, Uncategorized, Mpaa, Nebraska, Dmca, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, Trump, Mike Masnick, Eugene Volokh, Mike Ward, Scott Greenfield

Summaries Sunday: SOQUIJ

Every week we present the summary of a decision handed down by a Québec court provided to us by SOQUIJ and considered to be of interest to our readers throughout Canada. SOQUIJ is attached to the Québec Department of Justice and collects, analyzes, enriches, and disseminates legal information in Québec. DROITS ET LIBERTÉS : L’humoriste Mike Ward est condamné à verser une somme totale de 42 000 $ pour avoir outrepassé les limites de la liberté d’expression en portant atteinte au droit à l’égalité...
Tags: Law, Rome, Canada, Jeremy, Quebec, Elle, Tribunal, Ward, Gabriel, La Commission, Centre Bell, Treacher Collins, Mike Ward, Summaries Sunday, SOQUIJ, Québec Department of Justice

Quebec tribunal orders comedian to pay C$42,000 over jokes

P.C. QC: The misnamed Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has fined comedian Mike Ward C$42,000 for joking about a disabled child singer. “The tribunal ordered Ward to pay Gabriel $25,000 in moral damages and $10,000 in punitive damages for a joke dating back to 2010. The decision also requires Ward to pay an additional $5,000 for moral damages and $2,000 for punitive damages to Jérémy’s mother, Sylvie Gabriel….The ruling has spurred backlash across the comedian community, with many quickly declaring t...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Jeremy, Quebec, British Columbia, Cbc, Ward, Gabriel, Canada Quebec, Mike Ward, free speech in Canada

Things to do in Montréal July 15 to 21

Sunny days and almost too much fun to handle make Montréal the place to be in mid-July: comedy, circus and music festivals fill the city with out-of-this-world performances, alongside an international film festival, a games festival, a world-class fireworks competition and more entertainment for all ages. Festival laughs Star-studded comedy festival Just For Laughs starts up this week with a free outdoor street festival outside Place des Arts – don’t miss the Mado’s Got Talent drag queen show on...
Tags: Travel, Art, Outdoors, Music, UK, Bars, Theatre, Summer, Dance, Museum, Cinema, Brooklyn, United States, Festivals, Arsenal, Indie

2016 Just For Laughs Festival Survival Guide

The laughs keep coming at the 2016 edition of the Montréal Just For Laughs Festival which will showcase some 100 comics from around the world, between July 13 to August 1. In addition to ticketed shows, Just For Laughs is hosting a twins parade and full schedule of free events on their outdoor site at Place des Arts. Here are all the details you need to get the most out of the festival experience. Montréal Just For Laughs Festival, July 13 to August 1, 2015 What you’re getting into A worl...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Family, Activities, Theatre, Summer, Carrie Fisher, Attractions, Festivals, Nba, Hannibal Buress, Kevin Hart, NHL, Montreal, Food Trucks, Sarah Silverman

This Week on GUNTALK Television – Safe Surprise

Tom Gresham GunTalk Radio Mandeville, LA -( This week on GUNTALK : We pu t out the call for family and friends to nominate a person who deserved to win a day of training with Chris Cerino. The winner had no idea what was waiting for him when he arrived home!  A National Guardsma n’s wife wrote the winning nomination, and her husband was prepared for a day at the range with trainer Chris Cerino and Tom Gresham. Meanwhile, back at the house with Ryan Gres...
Tags: Guns, Baton Rouge, Mike Ward, Ammoland TV, Sportsman Channel, Tom Gresham, The Sportsman Channel, Gun Talk TV,, Chris Cerino, ET Sportsman Channel, AT T U Verse Ch 642, GunTalk Radio Mandeville LA AmmoLand, Liberty Safes, Guntalk Television, Ryan Gresham

This Week In Running: May 23, 2016

Spain’s popular Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon is among this week’s highlights, alongside a number of regionally-competitive American events. Next week’s Comrades Marathon is also previewed in this week’s column. Zegama-Aizkorri Marathon – Zegama, Spain As competitive as this famed Spanish classic is, Kilian Jornet turned it into an easy rout, and did it in his first running race of the year. Jornet set a course record 3:33 in 2014 and though not threatening that mark this year, his 3:50 2016 winnin...
Tags: Florida, Usa, UK, Sweden, Minnesota, Washington, Spain, Sport, Pennsylvania, South Africa, Idaho, Tennessee, Running, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe