This is the irregularly-scheduled time of the day or week when I talk about all those people who are talking about our dear Jennifer Lynch and her wonderful multi-coloured commission – with its provincial counterparts and their resident apparatchiks thrown in for good measure.
First off, The Canadian Sentinel, in remarking upon the delightful Chinese perversion of social democracy, asks Jennifer: ‘are you taking notes’? ( Scroll down ).
Second, the Calgary Herald lays the smack-down on the CHRC’s rather ambitious pretensions in regards to Canada’s criminal code, in an article entitled ‘Rights’ body seeks even more powers:
Believing perhaps that the best defence is a good offence, the Canadian Human Rights Commission has proposed the Canadian Criminal Code be stripped of the few common-law defences available to someone charged under its hate-crime provisions. In a paper advising Parliament –Freedom of Expression and Freedom from Hate in the Internet Age — the commission appears forgetful of the embarrassing headlines swirling around it and other human rights commissions during the last 18 months. Rather than present a suitable humility, it instead recommended the Code be rendered as oppressive as the commission itself!
You can read the rest of that here.
Third, Mark Steyn’s excellent column in Macleans, eviscerating Miss Lynch and truly worth the read, is up on the Macleans website, if you’d like to give it a go. Blazing Cat Fur, who has a rather enviable mention within the article, is, of course, shamelessly plugging himself – as he should be, of course, and as we all would be.
Fourth, in Ontario Human Rights Commission news, Adam Daifallah in the National Post gives brief mention of Christine Elliot’s rather conservatively-damaging position on the OHRC:
Elliott miscalculated in making the policy of abolishing the Ontario Human Rights Commission — a cause championed by Hudak and Hiller — a wedge issue. This didn’t sit well with Hudak’s and Hillier’s supporters, whose second-choice votes she needed to gain in the preferential ballot voting system. Her announcement that she would implement a flat tax if elected — effectively outflanking Hudak on the right — sent an electroshock through the other camps. In the end, Elliott proved to be a master of the air war, but lacked the ground game necessary to mount a serious challenge.
Meanwhile, Barbara Hall, Ontario Human Rights Commissioner, has been keeping herself busy:
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is targeting transit authorities in Thunder Bay, Sudbury and Hamilton.
The commission says the three transit systems have failed to call out bus stops to their passengers, as ordered by the Human Rights Tribunal. The commission argues that not calling out those stops is needed to give proper service to visually impaired passengers.
The tribunal made the order in 2007, and all 38 transit systems in Ontario agreed to have bus stops announced to riders by the end of 2008.
Human Rights Commissioner Barbara Hall said that unfortunately a handful of operators are still not accommodating the needs of the visually impaired. Those operators include Thunder Bay Transit, she said.
The commission is asking the Human Rights Tribunal to order the three transit systems to begin calling out bus stops within 30 days.
Hall also wants the transit staff trained on the importance of accessibility, and report publicly on whatever measures they take.
Local transportation and works manager Darrell Matson, who oversees Thunder Bay Transit, was not available for comment Monday
Considering they are spending $750,000 of taxpayers’ money on state-of-the-art technology to better serve people with disabilities, City of Greater Sudbury officials are taking exception to criticism from the Ontario Human Rights commission.
“We’ve gone above and beyond what they asked us to do,” Mayor John Rodriguez said Tuesday, referring to the city’s investment in stop-announcement technology for municipal transit buses.
“I guess (the human rights commission) has got to find work for their summer employees to do,” Rodriguez said in response to the commission’s latest criticism of the city.
Barbara Hall has kept herself really busy:
Education is also key, says Barbara Hall, chief of Ontario’s Human Rights Commission, which held consultations on housing discrimination last year and will release a related policy document this summer.
“I think it’s fair to say most people are not aware there is a human rights component to housing,” Hall said in an interview.
“The commission has never focused on this issue and it’s something we and other commissions in Canada are just beginning to investigate.”