The public editor of the Toronto Star responded this afternoon to one of our petition signers. Kathy English wrote:
"The Star believes in the widest possible expression of free speech, in line with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Star’s policy manual states that: 'Columnists and Op-Ed writers have wide latitude to express their own views in the Star, including views directly contrary to the Star’s editorial views, as long as they fall within the boundaries of good taste and the laws of libel.'...On that regard, I expect the Star will publish a selection of the opinions of readers who disagree with DiManno’s opinion and the manner in which she expressed her views."
It's unclear why the Star thinks victim-blaming and mocking rape victims is an opinion worth publishing, rather than avoided as a matter of policy. What is clear is that we need to keep putting pressure on the Star to do the right thing.