Brickbats: January 2022

In August, the Court of Appeal for Nova Scotia decided Lorne Grabher’s last name could have been interpreted as an appeal for violence against women. He therefore has no right of free speech to get a vanity plate with his lastname.

San Francisco has spent half a billion dollars over three years to design and deploy the perfect garbage container. Each of the three prototypes that were designed and built by an 2018-hired firm, five of them have been approved by the board of supervisors. Since then, the cost of producing a mass production run for any model selected by city officials has gone up from $1,000 per unit to as high as $2,000 or even higher.

Simon Silwood, a British soccer player who had been racially abused by West Bromwich Albion’s football team over the Internet was sentenced in September to eight-weeks in prison. Silwood got upset after his team lost. On a Facebook Group, he suggested that Romaine Seeyers, a midfielder, be given the “Baboon d’Or”, award. This is a reference of the Ballon d’Or trophy which is awarded each year to the greatest soccer player. Silwood said he intended to write buffoon but misspelled it bafoonAutocorrect changed to a. Baboon.

Officials at Bigelow High School in Arkansas ripped out two pages from the 2020–21 yearbook before delivering copies to the students who paid for them. These pages contained a chronology of key events in the school year. They included the deaths of Alex Trebek and George Floyd as well as Apple’s $2 trillion market value. Heidi Wilson, East End School District superintendent, justified her move with “community resistance.” The district superintendent of East End School District Heidi Wilson justified her decision by citing “community backlash.” Arkansas TimesAccording to school officials, there are no records or emails related to any complaints regarding the pages.

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Durham residents in Ontario will need to record who visits their house for any social event, regardless of how small. This is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If asked, the homeowners will have to give that information within 24 hours to their health department. Failure to comply can lead to fines upto 5,000 Canadian Dollars ($4,031).

Jane Goodwin, Sarasota County’s Vice Chair of the School Board, cut off microphones and ordered police to remove speakers from a meeting that criticized school board members. Goodwin stated that there will be no “public assaults or public attacks” against elected officials. An “assault against a boardmember” is defined as anything that “is critical of” the board member.

A New South Wales apartment block has been closed down due to COVID-19. Authorities are looking through the contents of residents’ deliveries and seizing alcohol. The New South Wales health department has admitted that it wants to restrict the alcohol residents can consume in order to ensure safety for residents and staff. The daily limit for residents is six drinks or mixed drinks per day, as well as one bottle wine and one bottle of distilled spirits.

Savannah-Chatham County special education teacher was charged with child cruelty after using zip ties in her class to tie a student. Elizabeth Louise Board from Godley Station School, Savannah, tied a boy’s chair to her table and placed zip ties on his head.