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Take off your shades

'I think it's a dark day for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and more profoundly for me, freedom to speak the truth. It's a very dark day for Canada'

-- Saskatchewan anti-gay crusader William Whatcott, after the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the hate speech law under which he was charged.

Hostile environment

'Were David Suzuki a stronger, smarter man, he would face Sun News; give himself the opportunity to have his voice heard on a network whose viewers don't always agree with him. But he'd rather preach to the converted'

-- Sun News reporter Jessica Hume, after the famed environmentalist refused to appear at a public policy debate in Ottawa unless she and her cameraman were escorted from the premises.

Life goes sprawling

'He lost his wife, he lost a number of construction contracts, he's rebuilding his life after this incident. He's paid a heavy price for his actions that day'

-- Bob Bellows, lawyer for peewee hockey coach Martin Tremblay, who must serve 15 days in jail for deliberately tripping an opposing player during the post-game handshake.

Eeyore vindicated

'Understanding that although things are fine right now they might get worse, this seems to have a positive effect'

-- University of Erlangen-Nuremberg professor Frieder R. Lang, lead author of a study that found pessimists have greater life satisfaction as they age than optimists.

Global warming dead ahead

'One of the benefits of global warming is there hasn't been as many icebergs in the North Atlantic these days'

-- Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, as he unveiled plans to build a fully-functioning replica of the Titanic.

AD nauseam

'God knows, you could be walking down the street, someone mentions it's 2013 AD and you suddenly feel the urge to convert to Christianity. Why should you be exposed to such dangers?'

--National Post columnist Kelly McParland on the Canadian Museum of Civilization's plan to return to using BC and AD when referring to the periods before and after the birth of Christ.

Try Ted instead

'From topical jabs about domestic violence to singing about 'boobs' during a film's rape scene, Seth MacFarlane crossed the line from humour to misogyny'

-- California state lawmakers Bonnie Lowenthal and Hannah-Beth Jackson, in a letter urging the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to use better judgment when choosing Oscar hosts in the future.

Waiting for Kijiji

'People sit around waiting for something to happen. They wake up every morning and they go to a job they don't like, shovel snow in a house they can't afford. They just do it, day in, day out. I'm single, I live in a large house by myself, I go to bed at night alone, I wake up alone, and I'm sitting there: "Wow, what am I waiting for?"'

-- Kerry Hogan, a Winnipeg man who is selling everything he owns except his Yorkshire terrier to the highest bidder on Kijiji.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 2, 2013 J12

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