By Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator, Wednesday May 2, 2012
Daredevil Nik Wallenda will try to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope June 15
The seventh-generation member of the Flying Wallendas spent months getting the necessary permissions from Canada and the United States for the cross-border stunt.
Organizers told a news conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., today the contracts have been signed and the date set.
Wallenda’s stunt will merge two pop culture traditions — his own family’s death-defying feats on the high wire and the daredevil acts at Niagara Falls that date back more than 100 years.
Meanwhile, debate continues regarding the return to Canada of convicted criminals kept in jail by U.S. officials.
The Globe and Mail recently reported that Lord Black cannot be admitted to this country “without the special permission of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.”
So, since Lord Black is a controversial figure who very publicly, and some of us would say quite insultingly, renounced his Canadian citizenship long before his legal troubles began, and whose contributions to this country’s public life are furthermore subject to widely divergent perceptions, Minister Jason Kenney really can’t wriggle off the hook by blaming his decision on faceless officials in his employ.
No, for good or ill, whether or not he decides to allow Lord Black to return to Canada, and whether or not all Canadians approve of his decision, the Chief Gatekeeper and Censor of Canada who banned George Galloway from our shores and who has actively road-blocked the return of the child soldier Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen who has done nothing to warrant criminal charges in this country, is going to have to wear this decision himself. (Source: Rabble.ca)