Whelp – it’s that time of day again. Here are a few links from around the journo- and blogosphere that have to do with our dear Miss Jennifer Lynch, and her delightful commission.
First of all, as my compratriotrix Theodensdaughter has already blogged about ( she’s way ahead of me on this ), Mark Milke, the Research Director for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy has written an article about Stephen Boissoin and his relation to the gay rights group EGALE – which was in the Calgary Herald, and picked up by the Troy Media Corporation – entitled ‘Gay rights organization, conservative pastor agree on ‘merit’ of human rights commission’. Check it out; These lines toward the beginning of the article alone are worth the read:
The recounting of how Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (Egale) came to the rhetorical defence of a socially conservative Red Deer pastor, Stephen Boissoin, in his fight with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, is chronicled in Ezra Levant’s new book, Shakedown: How Our Government is Undermining Democracy in the Name of Human Rights. (Book Review)
The book, a sharp, sliver of a stab at wrongly-labelled provincial and federal “human rights” commissions and tribunals, is worth a summer beach read. Especially, perhaps, because Jennifer Lynch, chairwoman of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, recently bleated about how such bodies are misunderstood; she asserted that “detractors seek to caricature the human rights system.”
Sorry, no additional caricatures are necessary. The human rights bureaucracies have nicely demonstrated their own absurdity, including Lynch’s own commission– where hate speech was faked online by an employee to draw others into a legal trap.
Meanwhile, the Brockville Recorder & Times asks about Tim Hudak’s nomination for the Ontario PC Party: Will human rights debate dog Tories? Personally, I think I’m going to invoke Ezra Levant and say that it’s pretty impressive that the HRCs are even a part of any debate whatsover, considering their relatively unknown status even a year-and-a-half ago. ( Denyse O’Leary has more on this. )