Barring Women Echoes Nazis, Group Says
TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada recalled the 1936 Berlin Olympics in slamming the International Olympic Committee for barring female ski jumpers from the Winter Games and urging the IOC to reconsider.
The League for Human Rights of B’nai Brith Canada said the decision to have a men’s ski jumping event only recalled the 1936 Games, when the IOC turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany’s discriminatory policies against Jews.
Ruth Klein, the rights group’s national director, qualified the comparison by saying that she considered the IOC’s decision to be a violation of women’s rights.
“There is no suggestion that the exclusion of women by the committee is the same as the exclusion of the Jews in 1936, but if you look back at the history – the corporate history – then this is a matter of concern,” Klein said.
The IOC claimed women’s ski jumping was not developed enough to have it included in the XXI Winter Olympics, which are being held Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver.
Committee members chose to ignore an overwhelming vote by the International Ski Federation calling for female ski jumping to be included in the Games.
Secter Is Chancellor
WINNIPEG — Harvey Secter was elected the 12th chancellor of the University of Manitoba Dec. 8, becoming the second Jew to hold the post. Secter, who retired in 2008 as U of M’s law dean after nine years, reportedly beat former Assembly of First Nations head Phil Fontaine in a closed-door vote by U of M senators and governors.
TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada condemned the Jan. 4 firebombing of the Hamilton Mosque. Police said an incendiary device was set off in the principal’s office of the mosque’s school, but the fire caused by the device burned itself out without causing serious damage. “The fire-bombing of any house of worship is despicable,” said B’nai Brith executive vice-president Frank Dimant, urging police “to investigate this matter as a hate crime.
Linder Founded Spa
TORONTO — Mira Linder, founder of an eponymous day spa called Mira Linder Esthetics – Toronto’s first, in 1973 – died in Detroit Dec. 30. She was 88. A Polish-born Holocaust survivor, Linder wrote a book called Beauty Begins at Sixty: The Best Is Yet to Come in 1989.
Ex-CARP Head Dies
TORONTO — Murray Morgenthau, co-founder and former executive director of CARP (originally the Canadian Association of Retired Persons) died Jan. 1 at Toronto’s Humber River Regional Hospital at age 89. The Toronto-born Morgenthau co-founded CARP in 1984 with his wife of 60 years, Lillian, who survives him. He headed the 350,000-member group until 2007.