Alright, so, now that I’ve got a new computer, I’m all set to keep on updating this fine site. How were things while I was gone? Nice and comfortable? Aren’t you glad that’s over and done with?
Here’re the links:
First off, the big news is that the CHRC is gettin’ prepared to release its decision on the Warman v. Lemire hearing. Mark Fournier’s got the story at Free Dominion:
The Hadjis Decision – Sept. 2, 2009
Warman vs Lemire
Almost a full year after the closing arguments were heard in the CHRC/Richard Warman vs Marc Lemire case, chairman Hadjis will be releasing his ruling this Wednesday morning. According to a communication from Katherine Julien, the Registry Officer of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal:
The Tribunal will be releasing its decision in the matter of Richard Warman v. Marc Lemire at 9:30 a.m. (Ottawa time) on Wednesday, September 2, 2009.
This is a ruling heavily weighted with legal and political significance. If the tribunal finds Marc Lemire guilty a constitutional challenge to Section 13 launched by Mr. Lemire will continue its way through the process, but the challenge will be scuttled if Hadjis rules in favour of Lemire. If the tribunal ruling is for Lemire, he has a wide open case of abuse of process against just about everybody involved in the five year long case pressed against him. The CHRC/CHRT may also decide to use this opportunity to throw Richard Warman under the bus.
There are several other cases on hold, in a variety of venues, pending the ruling in CHRC/Richard Warman vs Lemire. This is a big one.
Read it here. More on this from Arthur Topham at the Radical Press, from Anti-Racist Canada, from Jay Currie, from Marginalized Action Dinosaur, from Blazing Cat Fur, and finally, from Marc Lemire himself.
Second, from David F. Noble, via ZNET.com: Public Hearing Before the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to Focus on Role of Israel Lobby in Academia:
My reprisal complaint against York University will be adjudicated by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario at hearings scheduled for September 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 24 at 655 Bay Street, 14th Floor, Toronto, Tribunal Chair Michael Gottheil presiding. The case centers upon the issue of York University’s longstanding practice – unique among Canadian universities of prohibiting the holding of classes on the Jewish holidays of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, an accommodation to religious observance accorded the adherents of no other faiths.
My complaint had two parts, discrimination and reprisal. The first has been settled; after a Human Rights Commission investigation found York’s practice to be discriminatory and the Commission decided to refer the matter to the Tribunal for adjudication, York ended the practice. The second part focuses upon the reprisals undertaken by York against me in response to my efforts to end the discrimination.
While the focus of attention in the case has been the practice of religious observances the case has never been about religion but about power. Throughout history those with power in society have privileged their own beliefs and rituals above those of the powerless. My challenge to York’s discriminatory practice was prompted by and taken on behalf of students whose observances were not privileged (Jewish students comprise less than six percent of the York student population). And the challenge has inevitably entailed a confrontation not with religion but with the institutional power behind the discriminatory practice. Over the course of five years the challenge has revealed as never before the domain and dimensions of power at York University.
It has often been noted that those who wield the real power in society are those you cannot talk about. This case talks about them.
The nexus of power disclosed by this challenge consists of collaboration between the highest levels of the York University administration and the country’s leading Zionist organizations: the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) Hillel, the United Israel Appeal/United Jewish Appeal (UIA, UJA) and B’nai B’rith (BB). These organizations claim to represent all Canadian Jews but in reality represent only Jews who support the state of Israel (as opposed to other JewishÂ]member organizations such as Independent Jewish Voices, Not in Our Name, and the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians). Thus these organizations represent Jews who wield social power, in Israel and at York.
In a recorded interview Fiona Crean, the former York Ombudsman and Director of York University’s Centre for Human Rights (currently Ombudsman for the City of Toronto) explained why the York administration continued the blatantly discriminatory practice. She said it was because of the “lobbying “by these outside organizations. But why should York University, Canada’s third largest public university, tolerate such external interference in internal academic affairs. Crean further explained that it was the “money” – the risk of alienating rich donors (contributors to York University, it has been noted, include a who’s who of Jewish philanthropists) and the fear of being attacked by these Organizations as anti-semitic. These same organizations, particularly B’nai B’rith, have lately been hammering human rights agencies, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission as well as the Tribunal, for hearing cases such as this one (the reason perhaps for the eleventh hour withdrawal of the Commission from this Case and Hearing).
In the wake of my ultimately successful efforts to end York’s discriminatory practice I endured reprisal and threat of reprisal from the York administration, acting in league with and in response to pressure from the external Zionist organizations. At the same time through freedom of information requests, discovery, and other means, I have been able to obtain ample documentary evidence of this. At the time of the events outlined in this case I did not know what was happening and reacted and defended myself as best I could. After the fact the discovery process has proved revelatory.
As the philosopher said, the Owl of Minerva takes flight at dusk: we become wise only after the event. I will be presenting my case from this belatedly enlightened perspective, proceeding chronologically, in retrospect, from my first formal request to York’s president to end the discriminatory practice, in September 2004. (The Tribunal has Ordered York’s counsel to call as witnesses the current and former York presidents, as well as the former Senate Chair and Dean of Arts.)
In November 2004, I was publicly attacked by York University, Hillel, the Canadian Jewish Congress, the United Jewish Appeal, and the York University Foundation (York’s fundraising arm) as an anti-semite, a bigot, and a racist. The CJC President publicly defended York’s discriminatory practice regarding religious holidays.
Third, the BC Human Rights Tribunal runs into some trouble. From Scaramouche:
Storm warning: For those who thought Heather MacNaughton’s roistering ‘roos were the most powerful force in the province of British Columbia, think again:BULLETIN – The BC Human Rights Tribunal premises were flooded during the night of August 24, 2009. The flood has resulted in disruption of our work. We will continue to remain open for the next two weeks while restoration work continues but you may experience some difficulty contacting us. If you already have a case in our system, you should contact your case manager to find out about any impact the flood may have on the processing of your complaint.Hmm. You don’t suppose someone “upstairs” is trying to send ‘em a message, do you?
One minute the commissars of the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal are laying on a week-long show trial of me and Maclean’s magazine, including a riveting couple of hours of analysis devoted to the “tone” of my jokes. Next thing you know, they’re being washed out into the Pacific clinging to a few rotting manila files of Steyn “hate crimes”:
BULLETIN – The BC Human Rights Tribunal premises were flooded during the night of August 24, 2009… If you already have a case in our system, you should contact your case manager to find out about any impact the flood may have on the processing of your complaint.
As soon as they’ve dried out, we send in the plague of locusts.
Read it here.