Alright, here we go.
Jay Currie reports that when he submitted a “freedom of information” request–he wanted to see what, if anything of his was included in CHRC Commissar Jennifer Lynch’s capacious “rude speech” dossier–a familiar if not entirely unexpected name turned up:…I got 88 pages, most of which are heavily redacted. However, there is this interesting fact. The Commission did not find out about the “Jessica Lynch” post at overthrow.com on its own. Nope, they had help.I noted this post to [readcted] blog.
http://www.overthrow.som/blog/?p=151Jennifer Lynch is the Chief Commissioner to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. It needs to be taken seriously and I would add this to your file. I am CCing the CHRC FYIBest
BMFBernie M. Farber,
Chief Executive Officer,
Canadian Jewish CongressYup, that’s right, BMF, Official Jew, takes time out from tweeting his followers, shmoozing with a Jew-shutupping actress, handing out an award to an intrepid “Nazi” hunter, and writing an article criticizing the B’nai Brith for “trivializing” the Holocaust to do his bit for Jennifer’s Stasi. “Nice to know,” writes Jay, “Bernie is trolling the internet underworld looking for ‘threats’”.A chap with way too much time on his hands, perhaps?
Read the rest here. Meanwhile, Dr. Barry Cooper’s article on the HRCs has been picked up by the Morden Times: IT’S SHOW TIME: Free speech and the Canadian human rights sideshow.
Second, Mindelle Jacobs writes for the Winnipeg Sun: Feds neglecting First Nations children:
Departing from native heterodoxy may not be politically correct but the last thing we need is another bureaucrat tasked with overseeing aboriginal offenders.
With all due respect to Howard Sapers, the ombudsman for federal inmates, I seriously doubt whether appointing a deputy minister for aboriginal corrections will have a measurable impact on the lives of native prisoners.
First Nations child welfare organizations receive 22% less funding than provincial agencies and yet the needs of aboriginal children are greater.
The Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society have been complaining about the funding gap for more than a decade. Nothing has changed. So they made a formal complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. A tribunal was supposed to begin hearing testimony in the case yesterday. But a new tribunal chair has just been appointed and the proceedings have been adjourned until mid-January.
Third, via Scaramouche: Kudos to Ontario’s “human rights” apparatus for another successful shakedown:
Here’s the skinny–a student at an Ontario Catholic school tells the class his mom’s going back to school. The teacher comments she shouldn’t have too much trouble fitting in because she looks young. And why does she look so youthful? “Because she’s black.”Ooops!The student and his mishpacha take great umbrage to this obviously “racist” comment and file a grievance with the local “human rights” shakedown artistes. Rather than having to face years of harassment investigation, the school board decides to settle for an unspecified sum of dough-re-mi. The local rag has the gruesome details:The Catholic school board has settled a racism complaint lodged by a student and his family.In August 2008, Vidoll Regisford appeared before Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board trustees at a public meeting and requested they address “anti-black racism” aimed at students by faculty members.
He demanded the board take some action to address incidents of racism in classrooms and establish a better bureaucratic process for dealing with complaints.
His son, who was in Grade 11 at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in 2007, was making a presentation in his English class when his teacher made what the family considers a racist, if not stereotypical, comment.
According to Regisford and his son, discussion surrounded middle-aged people returning to school to further their education. The teenager mentioned his mother was back in school, but partially able to fit in because she looked young.
According to the family, the teacher interjected his mother looked young because she is black. Regisford said the comment was a stereotypical remark that certainly had no place in a educational environment.
Feeling discriminated against and dissatisfied with action taken by the board, the family filed an application with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Read the rest here.
Fourth, Janet Keeping writes, via South East Calgary News: Freedom of Expression and the Ethics of Debate:
Over the last few years criticism of Canadian human rights commissions has grown both in scope and intensity. A primary flashpoint has been the commissions’ jurisdiction over offensive speech. Debate has raged as to whether these powers should be reduced, or even eliminated, because they constitute unwarranted limitations on expression.
Most recently, controversy has focused on the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s authority to sanction communications which are “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.” Chief Commissioner, Jennifer Lynch, used a speech to human rights officials in June to comment on the issues. The speech is worrisome for its misunderstandings of both freedom of expression and the importance of it to the realization of other rights and freedoms. But I will start with some of the good points she made.
Read the rest here.
Fifth, via Scaramouche: Just got my e-vite:
Ms. scaramouche regrets she’s unable to lunch with “human rights” hucksters today (or any day), Madam:We are very pleased to extend this invitation to save the date, February 4th, to attend Combating Hatred in the 21st Century: Legal Remedies. (If you have already received this invitation, please disregard this duplicate notice. Since you had expressed interest in the last conference, we wanted to ensure you were not missed for this year’s notification.)This significant, day long event is a unique opportunity to gain insights and exchange viewpoints on criminal and civil remedies to hate and bias crimes in Canada.Those attending this key event will include:Members of the judiciary from all three levels of CourtLeaders from within law enforcementLawyersAcademiaCommunity leaders with a background in lawLaw students and grad students with a special interest in discrimination in lawThis year’s conference offers more opportunities for interaction through video demonstrations that will lead into table discussions. In addition, a combination of keynote speakers, panel debates and discussion workshops will address:
- Use of the Criminal Code and Other Remedies to Combat Hate
- Hate on the Internet
- Campus Issues
- Human Rights Code
- Sentencing and Hate Crime
There will be a chance to hear from several prominent Canadians as they share their personal experiences with discrimination in a presentation moderated by Justice Harry LaForme of the Ontario Court of Appeal.Watch for a formal invitation, which will be emailed to you later in November with additional details. Space is limited. Please ensure you save the date, February 4th, to participate in this ‘not to be missed’ conference.Dr. Karen MockSpecial AdvisorCombating Hatred in the 21st Century ConferenceAssociate Chief Justice Peter GriffithsOntario Court of JusticeHonorary Conference Chair
Read it here.