Yep. It’s time.
First off, Mark Steyn issues a challenge:
Polanski, explained the producer Harvey Weinstein, “is a man who cares deeply about his art and its place in the world.” And if its place is occasionally in an involuntarily conscripted 13-year old, well, you can’t make a “Hamlet” without breaking a few chicks. France’s Society of Film Directors warned that the arrest of such an important artist “could have disastrous consequences for freedom of expression across the world”. Really? For the past two years, I’ve been in a long and weary battle up north to restore “freedom of expression” to Canada. On Monday afternoon, in fact, I’ll be testifying on this very subject at the House of Commons in Ottawa, if France’s Society of Film Directors or Debra Winger would like to swing by. Please, don’t all stampede at once. Ottawa Airport can only handle so many Gulfstreams. If only I’d known how vital child rape was to “freedom of expression,” my campaign could have taken off a lot earlier.
Read it here. As I noted at my personal blog – between the child rape and the bestiality and the commentary on porn, Mark’s mind takes some interesting turns. I think it’s time he got out of New Hampshire…
Second, Denyse O’Leary comments on recent developments in HRC-related news, including Terry O’Neil”s $63,000 discovery, Brian Lilley’s latest, and Blazing Cat Fur‘s letter-writing campaign, in one grand, all-in-one post:Intellectual freedom in Canada: The fire along the northern border is not people roasting marshmallows. Meanwhile, Freedom Manitoba puts paid to Steve Ashton’s wonderful new proposed legislation in the Shotgun Blog: Hey Steve Ashton, you’re an idiot!
Third, Barbara Hall keeps herself busy. From the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal: Access a right, says commissioner:
The chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission says that while the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability Act (AODA) gives business owners and others until 2025 to comply, many have already made their facilities accessible.
“Many restaurants in Ontario have been made accessible because people have filed complaints and they have complied voluntarily or have been ordered by tribunals to do that,” said Barbara Hall.
Hall said the Human Rights Code should not be confused with the AODA.
The code deals with individual discrimination while the AODA is about transforming the whole province.
“There may be a whole pile of restaurants in Ontario that no one in a wheelchair has ever gone to,” said Hall, one of the guest speakers at the Recreation-Able Inclusive Recreation Forum in Thunder Bay.
“They will be made accessible by 2025. However, if tomorrow, somebody seeks access to a restaurant or another service provider and they‘re unable to get it, they can file complaints with the human rights tribunal.‘
Read the rest here. Meanwhile, from CNW Group: Ontario Human Rights Commission releases policy on human rights and rental housing:
On Monday, October 5, 2009, Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall will release a policy on human rights and rental housing. The policy, a first of its kind in Canada, is the result of a two-year research and consultation process that included tenants, housing providers and decision-makers.On releasing its consultation report in 2008, the Commission committed to create a policy on human rights issues in the area of rental housing. The new policy provides tenants and housing providers with information on rights and obligations under the Code. It will also serve to help government and other responsible institutions and service providers address discrimination, and improve equal access to adequate rental housing for all Ontarians.
When: Monday, October 5, 2009 Where: YMCA of Greater Toronto 20 Grosvenor Street Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5 Time: 11:00 a.m. Press conference begins 11:00 - 11:10 a.m. Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner 11:11 - 11:15 a.m. Individual story of discrimination in accessing housing 11:16 - 11:20 a.m. John Fraser, Program Director, Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) 11:21 - 11:25 a.m. Vince Brescia, President, Federation of Rental Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) 11:26 - 11:35 a.m. Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner - Wrap up 11:36 - 12:30 p.m. Media interviews
Read it here.
Fourth, some more coverage of the CHRC’s appeal of the Hadjis decision in Warman v. Lemire from the National Post ( actually, I think this is a story that I’ve linked to previously – deal with it ), the Freedomsite Blog, Jack’s Newswatch, and Scaramouche writes: “Clarity” is in the eye of the beholder:
At first, I, too, was disappointed that the Lynch mob was appealing the ruling. But now that I’ve had time to think about it some more, I’ve come to see it Bernie’s way. We do need clarity. And had the B.C. ‘roos who presided over the Mark Steyn show trial had the cojones to convict Maclean’s of hate speech (because as Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act is written–i.e. words that are “likely” to promote hatred–they were guilty), Maclean’s would have appealed the decision to a regular court back then, and we may have had some clarity by now.Clarity in the legal sense of things, that is. Those of us who know what this fight is really about have seen it clearly for quite some time, and don’t need a judge to “clarify” the issue for us. And for those like Bernie, who have never seen it clearly, and who likely never will, a judge will only bring “clarity” if he or she rules in favour of retaining censorship. If the judgement goes the other way, and reaffirms the tribunal’s ruling, you can doubtless expect a Ceej news release calling for a higher court to bring further “clarity” and to “rectify” that error.
Read it all here. H/t to Blazing Cat Fur. Also, the CHRC’s going ahead in B’nai Brith v. Topham recieves some more coverage from Connecting the Dots in the New World Order. Meanwhile, more coverage of Blazing Cat Fur’s letter-writing campaign from Canadian Human Rights Commission Exposed, Covenant Zone, and Small Dead Animals.
Fifth, a little more coverage of Jan Buterman’s complaint to the Alberta HRC against the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Bloard, from Canoe.ca, The Canadian Press, Clerical Whispers, The Curvature, iNews880, and The Canadian Sentinel.
Sixth, a list of sins. From Dakota Voice:
This kind of harassment of Christians is not merely theoretical, either. It is already happening. These are just some of the examples where Christians and Christian businesses have been harassed by homosexuals under the guise of “equality”:
- Last year a Catholic priest in Canada, Fr. Alphonse de Valk, who was investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) for the “crime” of teaching what the Bible says about homosexual behavior (that it is a sin) and marriage (that it is between a man and a woman).
- The Ontario Human Rights Commission slapped Protestant printer Scott Brockie with a $5000 fine for refusing to print homosexual-themed stationary.
- The Saskatchewan Human Rights Tribunal fined Hugh Owens several thousand dollars for quoting the Bible in a letter to the local newspaper.
- Mayor Diane Haskett in London, Ontario, was fined $10,000 for refusing to proclaim a gay pride day.
- Swedish Pastor Ake Green in 2004 was sentenced to 30 days in jail for preaching a sermon in which he defined homosexual behavior as sinful and harmful to society.
- A British couple were questioned by police on possible “hate crime” charges after they wrote a letter-to-the-editor of their local newspaper criticizing city officials for distributing brochures at city hall promoting homosexual behavior.
- In Canada, Focus on the Family must cut out any portions of their broadcasts dealing with homosexuality for radio stations in that country.
- Last year the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal ruled that youth pastor Stephen Boissoin was guilty of writing a letter to the editor of the Red Deer Advocate which might expose homosexuals to hate and contempt (Boissoin’s 2002 letter said homosexuality was immoral, physically dangerous and should not be promoted in schools).
- Not content with their success in quashing open refusals to bow at the altar of political correctness, the Canadian pro-homosexual group EGALE (Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere) is calling for the Canadian postal system to censor the mail for “hate mail”
- Catholic Charities in Boston was forced out of the adoption ministry because they refused to put children in homes of homosexual couples.
- Boston school teachers have been threatened with termination if they fail to cast homosexuality in a positive light to students.
- The University of Toledo fired a black administrator for writing a “letter to the editor” of a local newspaper about the inconsistency of comparing homosexuality to ethnicity.
- Christians in Philadelphia were arrested for reading Bible verses and praying out loud during a homosexual festival.
- The state of New Mexico issued a fine of $6,600 to a Christian photographer (a private businessman) who didn’t want to photograph two lesbians make a commitment to each other.
- A Colorado law passed last year to allow men to use women’s restrooms and shower rooms if they “felt like a woman” also contained provisions which prohibits the publication for public consumption any material which is “discriminatory” against homosexual behavior. So while churches can (for now) continue teaching within their own walls what the Bible says about homosexual behavior, they cannot publish anything in public which does. This includes any Christian book publishers or other ministries in Colorado.
Read it here.