Alright, here we go.
First off, voting is open for the Infidel Blogger Awards, so head on over and cast your ballot. Freedom Through Truth, Covenant Zone, Jay Currie, and your very own resident blogmiester have all accepted our nominations, by the way ( hint hint ). More on this from Blazing Cat Fur and Five Feet of Fury.
Second, via Xtra.ca: Ontario MPP reintroduces trans rights bill:
A day before the Trans Day of Remembrance, Ontario NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo reintroduced her private member’s bill to amend the province’s human rights code to recognize gender identity.
“I’m tabling this again, for a second time. I’m sorry in a sense that I have to, [and] that this is not law already,” said DiNovo at a press conference on Nov 19. “This time we hope the government acts.”
She’s not alone. At the federal level, NDP MP Bill Siksay has tried three times to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to include explicit protection for trans people. His first two attempts failed because Parliament was dissolved or prorogued before the bill could be debated. DiNovo first introduced her bill in March 2007, and it died without being heard before the 2007 Ontario election.
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Third, from Blazing Cat Fur: New concerns over the abuse of Section 13(1):
CNS News:Islamic Nations Seek Legally Binding Way to Counter Religious ‘Defamation’
“As support wanes for its campaign to secure controversial but non-binding “defamation of religion” resolutions at the United Nations, the Islamic bloc is pushing ahead with an alternative route – one that would carry the weight of international law.
The OIC is now attempting to have a key U.N. panel amend an existing international treaty to encompass supposedly religiously defamatory speech.
Canada is a signatory to the ICERD. The Canadian Human Rights Commission cites observance of ICERD as a Canadian legal obligation in it’s defense of our Thought Crime law, 13 (1).
Beyond the CHRC itself the limited support for Section 13 (1) stems from the opposing sides in the ongoing Arab Israeli conflict. Advocacy groups such as the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian Islamic Congress each hope to use Section 13 (1) to limit, if not in fact outlaw political speech they disagree with.
Read the rest here.