Goodbye, Justice L'Heureux-Dubé

Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé is retiring from the Canadian Supreme Court.  Yesterday, May 6, 2002, she was treated by the Ontario Bar Association to a goodbye supper at the Toronto Hilton, with a list of speakers including Beverly McLachlin, Rosalie Abella, and Roy McMurtry (they are:  the Chief Justice of the Supremes, a famous Radfem Justessa of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the highly flexible Chief Justice of Ontario, respectively).

L'Heureux-Dubé has been a radical feminist of the constant complainer variety through her entire cozy career.  A palpable hostility to men runs through her rulings and opinions.

Demonstrators appeared out front to offer our dissenting view of the L'Heureux-Dubé record.  None of us could afford a seat at the supper, and we probably couldn't have kept supper down through the speeches, anyway.

This photo record shows the few brave souls that gathered in front of the Hilton to set the record straight, and say our own goodbye to a true Canadian genius in the arts of narrow, and self-centered, compassion.

People were very spread out over the short half-block that we occupied at the hotel entrance.

(Not shown:  We got a lot of surprised reaction from the lawyers and small-calibre celebrities who walked to supper from the Bay St. law offices and the government buildings.  Most just gawked as they walked, some frowned and clucked, many smiled back.  One stopped to talk pleasantly for a few seconds, and took some literature.

These folks are probably most comfortable with their anonymity.)

One demonstrator requested a picture, and stood still for it.
Notice the back of the sign held by the demonstrator in the foreground.  The Ontario Public Service Employees (OPSEU) strike ended a few days ago, and Zorro recycled their discarded signs by writing on the back. 

Zorro's judicial robes were a very effective way of drawing attention.

He's thinking about getting a gang of 8 other people in robes to join him at some future event.

For the record, Zorro (of The Children's Voice) is the person who did most of the prodding to get people out to the demo.

It seems that very few people walk on Richmond Street at this time of day, but a surprising number of those who passed by actually spoke to us, and read the literature that HEART was passing out.

This is the first mystery limo.  Who was in there?  The opportunity to see the occupants wasn't perfect as they entered the hotel, but none of them looked to us like the known photographs of the lady in question.

Organized crime bosses and high court judges don't really want their pictures taken, I guess.

This is possibly the best picture of HEART Chairman, Butch Windsor, ever taken at any demonstration.  He didn't actually look this good in person.

HEART handed out a brief explanation flyer about L'Heureux-Dubé, which said:

"The father-friendly majority of Canadian men and women have cause to celebrate the departure of a hostile, radical feminist voice from the Canadian Supreme Court.  Justice Claire L'Heureux-Dubé is retiring, and not a moment too soon.

"Fashionable hatred of men is long out of fashion.  L'Heureux-Dubé found her way swiftly to privilege and power in life, and learned nothing from that but resentment.  This kind of sullen feminist never represented Canadian women in the past, and certainly doesn't today.

"L'Heureux-Dubé's worst offences against Canadians are probably her efforts to turn children into the personal property of custodial parents (mainly mothers) in divorce.  It takes a studied, perverse ignorance to maintain that children are not severely damaged by the loss and destruction of their fathers, but that is the position that L'Heureux-Dubé repeatedly passed down from the bench."

This is the second mystery limo.  A taxi driver stopped in front of this limo to observe us, and delayed it for several seconds as it tried to enter the hotel departure area.  Eventually, a security guard was seen waving it on, and it disappeared around the block.

Herroner had nothing to fear from us, but did she detour to enter through the loading dock?  We'd like to think so.

A passerby was drafted into taking a picture of the demonstrators.  The result was blurred, probably by camera motion, and this is the best that my digital photo magic can do to recover it.  People are just barely recognizeable enough for a criminal conviction, but I actually appreciate someone taking a photo worse than mine.

(BTW, that is me, Eric Tarkington, amateur photographer, on the right.  I learned that it is hard to carry a sign, hand out literature, and work a camera all at the same time -- we need to recruit more people!)