The Lynch List, 09-Mar-2010

Here we go…

First, Ian Hunter in the National Post:

Well, it’s reasonable for the obese Ms. Myrand, perhaps less so for Ms. Nolet of the sore shoulder. It has long been clear in human rights jurisprudence that there is a hierarchy of prohibited grounds of discrimination; race and sex always trump, say, religion or age. We shall now await the formulation of a hierarchy of disability; obesity, we now know, trumps a sore shoulder.

Just what was the condo board supposed to do? Unless both women drove Smart cars (unlikely in the case of Ms. Myrand), the Solomonic precedent of cutting the space in half wouldn’t do the trick. One of the two residents had to be disappointed. And it’s the iron fist of the human rights bureaucracy that picks which one.

The evicted property owners of Kahnawake are without a remedy because Canadian law is not applied on Indian reserves. Ms. Nolet is without a remedy because human rights law is applied to private parking places — but in a manner that any reasonable person would consider to be totally arbitrary.

Read the rest here.

Second, I can already predict how this one is going to go: “I find the complainant’s testimony to be credible and believable, while the respondent was nervous and evasive. Therefore I prefer the defendant’s version of events and award a gazillion dollars.”

Third, Down With Everybody reports on a Winnepeg man who is launching a complaint over religious practices in detox facilities.

“I should not be forced to participate in someone else’s religious beliefs. I shouldn’t have to add to mine,” said Johnstone, who added he has been an alcoholic for 40 years.

Because it’s all about you, isn’t it fellah? Your needs. Your “rights”. Ever think that maybe that’s part of your problem–seeing yourself as the be-all and end-all–and that you’d stand a better chance of recovering if you weren’t so egocentric and were a little more open to the idea that maybe, just maybe, there was something out there that was bigger that you?

Finally, Jennifer Lynch is using taxpayer dollars to fight the taxpayer-funded Attorney General in the Supreme Court of Canada for the ability of the CHRT to award legal costs to defendants.


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