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CBC has a detailed piece on subway security generally which mostly adds up to asking passengers to be alert, whereas the normal state of a metro passenger is spaced out on their ipod.
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…or at the edge of the platform impatiently staring into the tunnel, using psychic will to make the train arrive faster…
Fact is, most ‘security’ is laughable, there are always holes in it if you give it a little poke. I should know, I spent a few years regularly sneaking in and out of places I shouldn’t have had access to all over town. There is very little anyone could do to prevent another attack of this type short of searching everyone or filling the metro up with cops which is, as the article rightly points out, unrealistic. Really what we need to address is the social/political/economic environment we find ourselves in, and why it makes young people feel the need to commit public mischief like this in order to be heard.
@Tux: Thumbs up to that!
It’s not that they don’t have a voice. It’s that they believe that anyone with a differing opinion is, not just wrong, but not even worthy of being listened to.
And I’m not talking just about the ongoing student protests (athough it was what, two weeks ago Concordia could not even introduce the new rector because a bunch of people used a megaphone indoors?)
Last fall, how many Occupiers repeatedly said that all media was illegitimate?
When someone controversial comes to town to speak, how many times are the events cancelled or moved because of threats — or the event begins, only to have people stand up and hurl abuse until the event ends. Netanyahu. Coulter. That racist French ‘comedian’ whose shows were cancelled this week. The muslim group last fall that moved its meeting to Toronto.
We are a huge city, in a province of 8 million people. There’s no fricken way we’re all going to think the same thing, have the same ideas.
As a reporter it’s my job to talk to everyone and report what they say — to look at all sides of the issue.
And I get shit on from all sides. People who say I’m left wing for talking to a person who thinks protesters have the right to wear masks, and people who think I’m right wing because I moderate comments from people who want the army to stop protesters.
But since I returned to Montreal in 2006 it seems like the default for many people has increasingly become “I am right, and anyone who disagrees with me is the spawn of Satan.”
What happened to mutual respect?
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