Opinions have consequences

Raïf Badawi, still imprisoned in Saudi Arabia although not flogged regularly as was once ordered, will become an honorary citizen of Montreal. His wife and kids live in Sherbrooke; he was jailed because of liberal opinions expressed on a blog.

Opinions can have consequences, as writer Jérôme Blanchet-Gravel learned this week. Author of books condemning multiculturalism, Blanchet-Gravel has found himself banned from a Quartier Latin bar, although this brief piece suggests it was waitstaff who issued this ruling and not the owner.