Alright, here we go.
First off, a bit of a grab-bag. Miss Marprelate Tracts notes the CHRT’s follow-up to Shahid Mahmood’s complaint against Air Canada for racial profiling, while CHRC Exposed and the Freedomsite Blog note Alan Shanoff’s article – Freedom of expression makes gains in 2009 – which appeared in the Winnipeg Sun ( it probably popped up in other Sun papers, but I’m only human ). Meanwhile, Living Church Of God notes the Boissoin appeal decision, while The Airdrie Echo, in a look at the year gone past, talks about Alberta’s inclusion of Bill 44 into their Human Rights Act ( scroll down a bit ), and The Cornwall Standard-Freeholder talks about the relation between Akwesasne and the Canada Border Services Agency, among other things.
Second, Barbara Hall in the news. Via Wawatay Online: Understanding human rights:
Following a presentation by Ontario Human Rights Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School student Stanley Barkman is much more cognizant of his rights.
December 29, 2009: Volume 36 #26, Page 16
“I understand my rights a lot better now,” said Barkman, a Sachigo Lake band member. “I finally know what discrimination really means. I know that if I want to rent an apartment, the landlord can’t just turn me away because of my skin colour.
“This knowledge will definitely help me. I feel like I can stand up for myself now.”
Hall spoke to the entire DFC student populous Dec. 10, the 61 anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.
“Many people don’t get to be all they can be because of the barriers they face,” Hall said, adding attitudes and unfair stereotypes are barriers for First Nations people.
She said rules, laws and attitudes must be fair if discrimination will be eliminated.
When these things are not fair, that’s when the Ontario Human Rights Commission or Tribunal gets involved.
Read the rest here.
Third, via Ezra Levant’s blog: Two fascinating years in the battle for freedom:
I’ve been fighting against Canada’s censorious and corrupt human rights commissions for nearly four years now; it was in February of 2006 that the print edition of the Western Standard, may it rest in peace, reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to illustrate a news story. The “human rights” nuisance suits against the magazine, and me as its publisher, began immediately after that. But it wasn’t until December of 2007, when Maclean’s magazine got swiped by the jihadists at the Canadian Islamic Congress, and January of 2008, with my own interrogation at the hands of Alberta’s HRC, that I came to understand the full scope of the problem that these HRCs represent to Canada and our ancient freedoms.
It’s been two fascinating years since then. There have been a few stressful times in those years, when the nuisance lawsuits were piling up, but those occasional moments of concern are too few to mention when compared to the constant satisfaction of being part of a global team of freedom fighters — a grassroots “army of Davids” fighting against the HRC goliath. Not only have I made many friends (and, to my great relief, received financial support to fight the nuisance suits), but I think we’ve managed to go on the offensive and rekindle a national discussion about freedom of speech.
I remember, back in January of 2008, when I had to scour the news every day just to find some scrap to write about; today there are a dozen bloggers and a half dozen MSM journalists on the beat, full-time. HRCs across the country are now being covered by reporters who used to ignore them — and who now mine them for the rich stories that you would expect from a kangaroo court. Seriously: when was the last time you saw a news story about an HRC that wasn’t goofy, stupid, politically correct or just plain outrageous? They really are a gift to journalism, especially opinion writers, radio talk show hosts and editorial cartoonists. Too bad that gift comes at such a high cost, both in taxes and lost liberties.
Here comes 2010, and our battle for freedom continues — it always will. I came across this item that I published in the National Post two years ago, on December 18, 2007. I think it holds up pretty well. What’s different is that back then, I was writing, as an observer, about censors like Richard Warman and the Canadian Islamic Congress. Now I’m actively battling against them in the courts of law. As I think you can tell, I’ve loved the fight — and I love it even more that we’re winning!
Fourth, by Howard Levitt, via the Financial Post: Tribunals seem out of touch with the times:
Human rights commissions and tribunals in Canada seem stuck in the 1960s, perpetuating the myth Canada is a bigoted, racist society when, in fact, Canadians are largely tolerant and anti-racist. Prodded by like-minded legislators and courts, these government agencies set their sights on ferreting out now illusory workplace discrimination.
The soothing rhetoric from these groups about promoting workplace diversity and equality is a sirens call. Distracted by such lofty messages, the number of employer clients who ignore or downplay their exposure to human rights proceedings is striking:
No charge for proceeding Human rights complaints and applications are paid for by the taxpayer. As in civil actions, there is no filing cost. Complainants in Ontario may even qualify for a lawyer from the recently created Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre at no cost. However, employers on the receiving end of a complaint shoulder the considerable expense of defending themselves. With little or no disincentive for employees to proceed, no mechanism to weed out frivolous complaints and huge costs even if they win, the pressure on employers to settle is inexorable.
Fifth, Mbrandon8026 writes, via Freedom Through Truth, on the Rabble/Babble, erm…well, one doesn’t quite know what to call it:
But, this I get. Since the Babblers are probably in general a bunch of white guys and gals, with too much time on their hands, and probably supported by Mommy and Daddy’s money, their racist remarks against white people, of which I am one, probably would get a free pass, if one of us were to complain to the Barbara Hall thought police about it. This is undoubtedly true, even though reading the “twaddle” did hurt my feelings, such that I am beside myself. In fact the two of us are fighting over the keyboard at this very moment, making it challenging to write this posting.
Now, if we could only get them to use the word “Nazi” in there somewhere, we could go to J Ly, and have them investigated into submission. These clowns do remind me of the now infamous Canadian Nazis, that have been writing screed from their basements, and are more a threat to themselves than to any real personages, but have gained the ire of the Ceej and the CHRC.
Read the rest here.