Yesterday while Mara Carfagna, the dog not the Italian minister, and I were getting ready for Halloween [if you must know, she was a vampire; I was a zombie] Stephen Harper was hating on masks big time.
The Globe and Mail reported this morning that "The Harper government Wednesday used its majority to adopt Bill C-309, a private member’s bill that would make it a crime to be present at a riot or unlawful gathering while wearing a mask or other disguise to conceal one’s identity." Unless one is a copper. Then the Darth Vader meets Pudge Rodriquez via Ray Emery look is a-ok.
As the paper goes on to point out the real prob is that the police can, in the middle of a demonstration, arbitrarily declare it to be illegal. That means everyone in the demo who has a mask on is a criminal. Also everyone who has a scarf on or a balaclava on coz it is friggin' cold here half the damn year would also be deemed criminals.
This is dumb.