Well, it’s that time again, for me to 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, Ontario looks into reefer rights. From the Vancouver Sun: Ont. wants federal clarity on medical pot:
By Jorge Barrera
Ottawa needs to clarify the rules surrounding the possession and consumption of medical marijuana, says Ontario’s minister of government services in a letter requesting a meeting with the federal health minister to discuss the issue.
Confusion surrounding the rules regarding medical marijuana and conflicts with Ontario’s liquor laws have resulted in several complaints before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from medical marijuana users who allege discrimination after they were forbidden from smoking pot along with cigarette smokers outside drinking establishments.
“I am writing to ask for your assistance in clarifying Health Canada’s policy on the possession and consumption of medical marijuana and the appropriate circumstances where the product can be used,” wrote Government Services Minister Ted McMeekin, in his March 10 letter to federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
“It is essential that Health Canada act to formally clarify its intention and direction regarding the consumption of medical marijuana.”
A spokesperson for Aglukkaq said the federal government was “considering next steps” on regulating medical marijuana without providing any details. Josee Bellemare, however, admitted the existing rules do not specify where medical marijuana users can light up.
“The authorized person is advised in an information package not to consume controlled substances in a public place and not to expose others to any effects related to the inhalation of secondary smoke,” said Bellemare.
Ted Kindos, the owner of Ted’s Tap and Grill in Burlington, Ont., is facing a human rights complaint for asking a medical marijuana smoker not to light up outside his business. Kindos is frustrated by the tension between liquor laws and rights given medical marijuana users. He has turned to the Federal Court to require Health Canada to expressly condition any medical marijuana permits upon compliance with provincial liquor licensing laws.
“I don’t have any qualms with them smoking it as long as there is no affect on a small business to jeopardize a license that has been put in place,” he said.
Amateur Ottawa comedian Russell Barth, who has filed a human rights complaint against a separate establishment, said he was pleased with the province’s move, but doubted the federal government would act to clarify the rules.
“There is no reason I should not be allowed to alleviate my symptoms in the same place people are using tobacco for habit, addiction and pleasure,” said Barth.
My better half calls these “rich people’s problems”. Here in Canada we are so spoiled-we have so much that we forget that there are people elsewhere in the world with existential ‘human rights’ to worry about.
Second, Brian Lilley comments on the Lynch List that is so far: Will this get the blogs on her list?:
At times I do feel sorry for Jennifer Lynch, chief commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, mostly because, well she is outnumbered by those who oppose her and save for her budget, she is facing a bigger arsenal than she can muster in the fight to shape the future of Canada’s rights industry.
Still, she brings some trouble upon herself.
Take an interview she gave to Joseph Brean at National Post back in June, Lynch’s comments gave way to claims there was a list of enemies of the state on her desk.
“Please, please, look. We have experienced 16 months of invective hurled at us, and at any time when anybody has tried to speak up and correct misinformation, gross distortions, caricaturizations, then the very next day there’s been some full-frontal assault through the blogs, through mainstream media. I have a file. I’m sure I have 1,200, certainly several hundred of these things,” she said.
Now, that statement doesn’t say for sure there is a list of state enemies but it could leave that impression. A blog name The Lynch Mob has a copy of the list but what has been released so far is mostly from the mainstream media, no word on my inclusion or exclusion from the list yet.
Read it all here. I’ll be trying in the future to make another request for any additional files or comments that may have been made apropos a list of critics. It ain’t over ’till it’s over.