Thursday, August 16, 2007

Judicial madness

Okay, I understand no one is tuning in because of my extended absence from blogdom, but I have to get this off my chest.

From the CBC we learn that:(courtesy of National Newswatch)

Montreal's largest school board has been ordered to rehire a teacher who had been fired for failing to disclose to the board that he had killed his wife in 1990.

Jean-Alix Miguel had pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

In 1998, the Commission scolaire de Montréal hired him to teach electronics to adults at a construction trade school in Montreal's east end.

The board fired him in 2004 when it learned about his criminal record, something he had not told the board about when he was hired.

An arbitrator later ruled that Miguel's dismissal violated Quebec's charter of rights, because his crime did not in any way relate to his work.

The board appealed the arbitrator's ruling to Quebec's Superior Court, but the court ruled in favour of Miguel on Wednesday.

The board has 30 days to appeal that decision.

What complete tommyrot! The arbitrator and the judge (unaccountable jurists both) in this sorry situation ought to be sentenced to live with said murderer during the period of time he spends employed by the school board. Friends and colleagues of these twits ought to ignore their very existence. Sending them to social coventry is the minimal response from civil society towards such monumentally irresponsible dorks. I would suggest further appropriate action, but am aware this country has laws against such things. Lucky for them.

Those who deliberately place the lives and safety of our children in peril deserve to suffer grave sanctions from the ordinary sane citizenry. Parents! Rise up and defend your kids. Have you no pride or sense of duty?