There will be no April Fools tomfoolery in this post. Such comedy may land me in front of the BCHRT. On to business!
First, the Guy Earle trial has wrapped up. Closing arguments are to be delivered on April 9. Some details on the last witness, a waitress, are available at Covenant Zone. A big thank-you to Truepeers and BulletProofCourier for attending and liveblogging the hearing!
Second, at my behest (or at least I like to think so), BCF has combed through part of the CHRC’s 2009 annual report and found a reference that Lynch makes to the Steyn complaint:
[Steyn’s] writing is polemical, colourful and emphatic, and was obviously calculated to excite discussion and even offend certain readers … Overall, however, the views expressed … when considered as a whole and in context, are not of an extreme nature as defined by the Supreme Court in the Taylor decision.
…By dismissing the complaint, the Commission upheld the respondent’s right to freedom of expression, yet still some claimed that the respondent’s rights were violated by the fact that the Commission received the complaint at all.”
Only some? Other than the complainants and Haroon Siddiqi, who isn’t concerned about the abuse of process?
Third, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has slid into the role of censor for bus stop ads in Toronto. They first rapped the TTC for refusing advertising that the commission deemed to be “highly valued form of expression in a public location that serves as an important place in public discourse. Now that a Christian group has put up posters reminding passersby that homosexual conduct is contrary to Christian scriptures, the OHRC is not so keen on such a blanket allowance.
Fourth, Senator Finley kicks off the Senate inquiry into the state of free speech in Canada. Unfortunately, gab-fests are about all that the Senate has the power to do, but at least we have symbolic support from several Tory senators for an overhaul of the Human Rights Commissions. Check out the speeches at BCF. Also noted by Miss Marprelate.
Fifth, Scaramouche reports on the future plans of the CHRC. Basically, they plan to rule every aspect of your life. But, never fear, public servants always have your best interests at heart.
Sixth, a lawyer suggests that the BC Human Rights Tribunal is the best place to ensure that workers get potty breaks.
Have a happy Easter!