Nicole MacIntyre had me laughing out loud in today's Hall Marks blog, in which she reports that Councillor Dave Mitchell asked, at a council training session on harrassment, whether city "policies that harm agriculture could be considered harrassment against farmers" (I'm quoting MacIntyre, who's paraphrasing Mitchell).
Naturally, he raised the grim specter of the proposed recreational trails through the rurals, suggesting that the visitors trampling farmers' property could constitute harassment against an embattled minority.
Amid chuckles from around the table, the instructor replied that it would be harrassment "if the visitors were abusing the farmer's property because he was gay".
Mitchell retorted that they're not gay, just farmers. At this point, according to MacIntyre, the chuckles bloomed into open laughter.
The sour punchline to this joke, of course, is that Councillor Mitchell's own unswerving dedication to endless suburban sprawl is the biggest threat that farmers face. He's eagerly helping to destroy his own rural constituency, a rezoned and bulldozed hectare at a time.
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