I’m not cynical about this. I’m a socialist, so I’ve learned patience in life. – UN ambassador Stephen Lewis at a global warming conference in Toronto. Native issues are almost never just native issues. Native issues are human issues. – Buffy Sainte-Marie The only way we will stop the drug traffic is to hammer the five-gram user, the dime bag user. Hammer him, and the people at the head of the drug rings in Columbia and Mexico or wherever this is done will die on the vine. – Toronto judge Robert Dneiper during his sentencing of a 23-year-old part-time roofer to 30 days in jail for possession of marijuana.
Canada is putting more money into eradicating harmless dandelions that it is to eradicating the AIDS virus. – University of Western Ontario geneticist Joseph Cummins I suppose selling nude pictures of the Pope would come close. – Iroquois Confederacy lawyer Paul Williams searches for a parallel to the practice of keeping native sacred objects in museums. One can cheerfully consign everyone to hell when you’re not going yourself. – lesbian feminist novelist Jeanette Winterson on her earlier career as a teenage evangelist.
The unifying factor among all the book’s opponents is that they have not read it, and in spite of not having read it they are able to make very specific and concrete criticism of it. – The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, pre-fatwa. It’s that Judeo-Christian idea that if you can think of a human use for something, then you should go and do it – especially if you can make money at it. It’s almost as if not doing it is a waste, a sin against god. – David Suzuki arguing for a slowdown in scientific inquiry .