Alright, here we go.
First off, a bit of a grab-bag. Rebekah from the Miss Marprelate Tracts notes the un-ending legal existence of Al Tahmourpour’s ‘case’ against the RCMP, as well as the HRC’s next front in the war against hate. John Miller has a little more on his praise for Ezra Levant’s Shakedown on his site. Policy Monitor Canada notes the CHRC’s latest revisions of its alcohol and drug testing policies, while Scary Fundamentalist notes the Toronto Police Service’s considered appeal of an HRTO decision against them.
Meanwhile, Mark Steyn’s latest for Macleans – Major Nidal Hasan had an enabler – is noted by Freedom Through Truth, Blazing Cat Fur, and Scaramouche, while Five Feet of Fury notes the coming to a close of the Infidel Blogger Awards.
Second, Stephen Scheinberg writes, for Tolerance.ca: Canadian Jews and Free Speech:
Canadians are deeply attached to our traditions of civil liberties and free speech and Canadian Jews have been counted among their most ardent defenders. We honour such heroes of Canadian liberty in our past such as Justice Bora Laskin, David Lewis, and more recently Alan Borovoy, soon to step down as leader of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Yet, in the last months Canadian Jewry has played an unfortunate role in setting back the cause of free speech in a series of unfortunate events.
First, we must remind the reader that the defence of civil liberties sometimes entails battling for the rights of those we are deeply opposed to whether neo-nazis, communists, or even pro-Palestinian and non-Zionist elements. Rights and liberties are indivisible and cannot be sacrificed to one’s personal political preferences. There was a time when I debated Alan Borovoy and maintained that Canada could, unlike the United States, safely impinge on free speech via our Supreme Court’s limited restrictions on hate propaganda.
When Human Rights Commissions investigated two right-wing writers, who I most emphatically differ with (Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn), for alleged hate propaganda violations, I recognized that I was wrong and Canadian liberties would be safer with a more absolutist standard such as the American First Amendment
Third, The Doggeral Party of Canada: A Human Rights Tribunal Date For Your Diaries:
The Ontario HRT hearing into the case of the “service” teacup chihuahua will be held in Ottawa this coming Tuesday, December 1st at the Best Western Macy’s hotel, starting at 10am.
As this is yet another example of the uncontrolled silliness and excesses of Barbara Hall’s Ontario “Human Rights” fiefdom, I would encourage any and all who can to attend the hearing to show support for the Rouble family – they are the real victims – and to quietly show that this state abuse of freedom is not being done in our name.
I will be covering the hearing here at TDPC for those who can’t make it.
Read it here.
Finally, Kinsella, adviser ( scroll down ); former director Kathleen Ruff ( scroll down ); taking their cue; and Ezra Levant reviews The Cartoons that Shook the World by Jytte Klausen in the Globe and Mail.