Today’s Lynch List

Well, it’s that time again, when I talk about all the people who have been talking about Jennifer Lynch and her wondrous multi-colour commission, with gratuitous mention of the various other commissions and commissioners currently mucking about in the Dominion.

First off, the fine fellow over at the Freedom Through Truth blog has a Scaramouche-style song parody that you should totally check out:

The Old Gray Mayor

The old gray mayor,
She ain’t what she used to be
Now she runs our HRC,
Free Human Rights for you, not me
The old gray mayor,
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago.

Many long years ago,
Many long years ago,
The old gray mayor,
She ain’t what she used to be
Many long years ago.

The old gray mayor,
She kicked butt at the TTC,
Call outs for the blind you see,
Doesn’t help the deaf or me
The old gray mayor,
She kicked butt at the TTC
Only about a year ago.

Only about a year ago,
Only about a year ago,
The old gray mayor,
She kicked butt at the TTC
Only about a year ago.

The new gray mayor,
lets Gays parade nude on Yonge you see,
Unions tell him where to pee
Garbage piled above the knee
The new gray mayor,
Is letting TO go to pot
Right fricking now.

Right fricking now,
Right fricking now,
The new gray mayor,
Is letting TO go to pot
Right fricking now.

Second, an unsigned editorial in the Toronto Star talks of race and police:

Two events in the news this week – one here in Toronto, the other south of the border – tell us that we have not yet entered a post-racial nirvana where skin colour is irrelevant.

In Toronto, the human rights tribunalsaid a police officer, Michael Shaw, was guilty of racial profiling when he stopped a black letter carrier delivering mail in the wealthy Bridle Path neighbourhood, questioned him, trailed him, and asked a white letter carrier to verify his identity. The fact that the letter carrier “was an African Canadian in an affluent neighbourhood was a factor, a significant factor, and probably the predominant factor, whether consciously or unconsciously, in Const. Shaw’s actions,” the human rights adjudicator found.

In response, Police Chief Bill Blair defended the constable and suggested the human rights tribunal has “a seriously flawed misunderstanding of the duties of a police officer.”

Read the rest here.

Third, General Brock comments on the recent ruling of the Queen’s Bench Court supporting a Saskatchewan HRT decision against marriage commissioner Orville Nichols:

The Canadian government seems to be moving towards a place where no religious beliefs will be tolerated in the work place. Orville Nichols was not the only marriage commissioner in Saskatchewan, and another commissioner more than happily married the same-sex couple. Regardless of someone’s views on the issue of same-sex marriage, the Human Rights Tribunal has effectively stated that Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms no longer applies.

2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:  (a) freedom of conscience and religion.

How long will it be until the assault begins on other areas of conscience and religion?

Read it here.

Fourth, an old friend of ours pokes his head up from the primordial legal muck: when Khurram Awan strikes! Ezra Levant: Mark Steyn’s antagonist at the Canadian Islamic Congress threatens to sue me:

Khurrum Awan, the youth president of the Jew-hating Canadian Islamic Congress, has threatened me with a lawsuit. You can see the rambling, typo-ridden libel notice here. (Seriously, Khurrum: spell check. It’s free.)
Awan is an experienced practitioner in the soft jihad of “lawfare”, the abusivepractice where lawsuits are filed against critics of radical Islam just to harass them and silence them, Erin Brockovich-style. He’s done it before: Awanfronted the CIC’s three identical “human rights” complaints against Maclean’s magazine for publishing an excerpt from Mark Steyn’s best-selling book America Alone. Awanwasn’t the actual complainant in those cases – the CIC’s president, Mohamed Elmasry, was. But Awan was the public spokesman for those nuisance suits.

[…]

Let’s walk through Awan’s libel notice page by page.
The first thing to note is that the letter is signed by Brian Shiller – who just happens to be the same lawyer representing Richard Warman, the serial complainant and litigant-of-fortune behind nearly 90% of all section 13 censorship prosecutions in Canada. Yes, that’s the same
Richard Warmanwhose conduct was denounced as “disappointing” and “disturbing” by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal,because Warman published anti-Semitic bigotry on the Internet. Warman joined a neo-Nazi organization, and published on their website that Jewish politicians were “scum”.
Classy.
Warman is suing me, the National Post and bloggers
Kathy Shaidle, Kate McMillan and Connie and Mark Fournier.
Come to think of it, if Warman and Awan are ever waiting in Shiller’s office at the same time, I think they could pass the time quite pleasantly with a discussion about those zhoos, don’t you?

The zhoos: scum or media manipulators? Discuss.
And, of course, Shiller’s other client is Warren Kinsella, who has also filed a nuisance suit against me. One of Kinsella’s complaints is that I repeated his own boast that he had given help and advice to… Khurrum Awan!
In other words, these guys aren’t even hiding the fact that they’re part of a concerted effort to censor me, Mark Steynand other critics of radicalIslam and Canada’s abusive human rights commissions.

[…]

Right on the first page of the libel notice is a pretty serious charge: Awansays I accuse him of committing perjury. That’s a grave thing to say about anyone, especially a law student or lawyer (I’m not sure which one Awan is now).
But there’s one problem with that: I have never accused him of perjury. The opposite, actually – I have, severaltimes, noted that he was a serialliar to the public and through the media, but when he finally took an oath and testified in the B.C. show trial of Mark Steyn, Awan reverted to the truth. I specifically said he did not commit perjury.
Here’s one example of what I wrote, live from the court house last year:
Julian Porter himself was at the meeting where Khurrum Awan and his junior Al Sharptons tried to shake down Ken Whyte and Maclean’s for cash and a cover story.
Porter asked Awan point blank if the CIC’s proposed “counter-article” was to be “mutually acceptable” to Whyte or of the CIC’s own choosing.
After obfuscating for a few rounds, Awan acknowledged that he never in fact offered a “mutually acceptable” article — that was simply an after-the-fact lie, a little bit of taqqiya that Awan et al. has told the press.
Awan admitted that he made no such offer of a mutually acceptable author. It was to be the CIC’s own choice.
Awanand the other sock puppets had been lying for a year to the generalpublic – pretending that they had made a “reasonable” offer to Maclean’s (as if there’s any reasonable way to demand a five-page rebuttal from a national magazine.) But under oath, Awanadmitted that his public comments were false – he didn’t suggest that the rebuttal be written by an author mutually agreeable to him and Maclean’s. He demanded that Maclean’s submit to his choice.
I didn’t accuse Awan of perjury. I did the opposite – I recognized that when he was finally under oath, he finally told the truth for the first time.

[…]

Awan says that calling him a damn fool is defamatory. Well, unlike Awan’s favourite forums – human rights commissions – in real courts, truth is a defence to defamation. Whether or not Awan is a damn fool (or damned fool, to be more grammatically correct) isn’t really a matter of fact, though – it’s probably a matter of opinion. And, yes, it is my opinion that Awan is a damned fool.
If Awan asks a court to have a hearing into whether or not he’s a damned fool, I think he pretty much answers that question himself, don’t you think?

[…]

If he’s serious, Awanwill serve me with a Statement of Claim within a few weeks. That will formally start the process, and I will have to reply with a Statement of Defence. That’s where the costs come in.
My lawyers are getting pretty good at cranking out defences to these nuisance suits, but it still takes time to go through them, line by line, to make sure they’re properly rebutted. I estimate that the cost of filing a defence will be $6,000. After that, it depends on Awan’s conduct – for example, will he try to avoid disclosing relevant documents? Depending on what procedure he chooses, we could have examinations for discovery – depositions, as they’re called in the U.S. Those could cost $10,000. It’s too premature to do the math beyond that.
Frankly, I think that Awan’s case is as weak as the other nuisance suits that have been flung at me. But that’s not the point – the point is that they all cost money and hassle, which is why they’re being filed against me in the first place. They’re trying to demoralize me – to stop me from fighting for freedom of speech and due process. Awan in particular is mad that his great PR campaign has backfired, and that while he is now viewed as a thin-skinned censor, he only made Mark Steyn more famous and better loved. And Awan is angry that I’ve undermined his favourite weapon of lawfare: HRCs. He loves them – he abuses them – and he wants to continue. That’s tougher now, given his public humiliation at the hands of a hundred bloggers (including me).

Read the whole thing here. More at Blazing Cat Fur and Five Feet Of Fury. You can read the full libel notice here, and you can donate to help defray Ezra’s legal costs, via PayPal, here. Some of my thoughts on the matter here ( hey, I can plug myself, can’t I? ):

You just can’t make this stuff up, sometimes. I mean, we all know that Khurram Awan is a liar – he’s testified to lying in court – but suing for being called on it in an attempt to come across as truthful – that’s just dishonest.

Alright, technically, Khurram is suing over being called a perjurer, which I don’t believe he was actually called – so, um…I guess he’s lied about that too

I also do believe that I’ve found Khurram Awan’s theme song. What do you think? Close?

Meanwhile, what about Jeff Willerton?

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