The Lynch List, 22-Mar-2010

Your Monday morning Lynch List:

First, the diabetic CIDA employee is getting a Tribunal hearing over the federal agency’s policy not to place people with medical conditions in hostile environments. The employee wanted to be posted in Afghanistan, where she already had a hypoglycemic attack during a short stay and needed considerably emergency assistance – in a war zone.

Second, Ann Coulter gets a CHRC-style welcome, from professor Francois Houle:

Hopefully, you will understand and agree that what may, at first glance, seem like unnecessary restrictions to freedom of expression do, in fact, lead not only to a more civilized discussion, but to a more meaningful, reasoned and intelligent one as well.

Translation: Freedom of speech doesn’t really exist in Canada. As a result, if you dare express your un-“civilized” opinions (or those we disagree with) we’ll haul you off to court. More at Mark Steyn, where he offers up a tantalizing possibility:

More likely is a complaint to the Canadian and/or Ontario “Human Rights” Commissions. But you know something? I don’t get the feeling they’d be eager to re-ignite the free speech wars on a nuclear scale. Think of Ezra’s and my appearance in the House of Commons, and then imagine the scene when Miss Coulter testifies.

Coulter before parliament? I can already see Marlene Jennings squirming in her seat! Binky suggests we contact Mr. Houle and exercise some of that free speech. (noted by BCF, BC Blue, Jay Currie, Jon Narvey,Moose&Squirrel, Miss Marprelate, and more than I have time to mention)

Third, it appears that corporations such as the Bank of Montreal need to clear any personnel decisions with the Canadian Human Rights Trubunal before they implement them. Since Human Rights cases assume the defendant is guilty until proven (as long as the complainant fits into some sort of victim group), BMO had to expend the resources to prove its innocence. In this case, the employee was obviously underperforming but was currently seeing a specialist for a wrist injury – ergo, the CHRT agrees is discrimination.

The tribunal did finally agree with BMO that the employee was deservedly terminated. Nevertheless, the bank has had to spend tens of thousands of dollars defendings its position – while the employee didn’t pay a cent. (h/t Scaramouche)

Fourth, the director of Mac’s Convenience Stores has apologized and will take action against one of his store managers for asking a customer to leave a service dog outside. Nevertheless, the devastating emotional damage that has resulted from this misunderstanding, despite its utter fictionality, is literally money in the bank when a human rights commission gets involved. (h/t Down With Everybody)

Fifth, the OHRC will soon begin a program to collect “human rights-based data“, a discriminatory practice if there ever was one. The OHRC defends itself by stating that the Code allows them to collect race-based data for the ethereal greater good. In addition:

An organization that chooses not to collect data in situations where data collection is warranted may not be able to make a credible defence that it did not discriminate.

So, if you know what’s good for you… (sound of a palm slapping a baseball bat)

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