First: Brian Lilley reports on one disturbing aspect of the Conservatives’ new omnibus crime bill: extending hate speech laws to criminalize anyone that even hyperlinks to a site promoting “hatred”. While it would be uncertain if it is even possible to prove the “wilful” component of the offence, it still broadens a law that is already restrictive of free expression.
But even more alarming than the modifications to the criminal code, is what this might mean for the application of hate-speech statutes in the Human Rights codes. The Tribunals are constantly looking for justifications to broaden the scope of the Code, and such a change as this may signal the green light for Tribunal members to do the same.
Soon we’ll get in trouble for linking to Mark Steyn! Oh wait, already happened.
Second: A group of retired teachers in Ontario is claiming that gold-digging is a human right:
The provisions at issue refuse full survivor benefits to a member’s spouse if the couple marries after the plan member retires. Spouses who are married to retirees on the day they retire are fully covered by survivor benefits.
Third: The CBC reports on some instances of serious workplace harassment within the civil service; not too surprising, considering the job security that civil servants enjoy even if they’re vindictive and intimidating. But, in what is a surprise seeing as how this is the CBC, an expert gives a refreshing take on ways to deal with workplace harassment:
Westhues predicts most of the complaints are legitimate, but he doesn’t think more rules or better legislation will solve the issues. In fact, he thinks managers need to use more common sense and victims need to know when to move on…
“By far the most common solution, pack up and get a different job. No shame in that.”
Fourth: Barbara Hall continues to stick her nose in municipal business. While doing so the pot calls out the kettle:
“[People] should be able to live without the city peeking through their keyholes”
Yeah, city of Waterloo, that’s the OHRC’s job, not yours!
Fifth: Hm. Dalton McGuinty still thinks that Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak wants to get rid of the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, despite his recent flip-flop on the issue. I only wish you were right, Dalton.