The Lynch List, 06-Apr-2010

Here’s your after-Easter Lynch List:

First: via the National Post, Brian Hutchinson gives a summary of the Guy Earle hearing. He includes a mention of the financial unfairness of the entire process, emphasis mine:

[Pardy’s] lawyer, Devyn Cousineau, works for Vancouver’s Community Legal Assistance Society, and her case is supported by the society’s Human Rights Clinic, funded by B.C.’s ministry of the attorney general.

Ms. Pardy is seeking unspecified damages. Earlier, she had sought $20,000 from Mr. Earle and $20,000 from Mr. Ismail. Both men have already shelled out thousands of dollars in legal fees and related expenses. Unwilling to pay more, Mr. Ismail had his businessman brother represent him at the tribunal this week.

BulletProofCourier has a handy link list of further commentary.

Second: For all those who dismiss the supposed chilling effect that comes with speech restrictions, witness the neutered comics of the brave new world:

“They’ve very, ahhhh, they’re very hesitant” when dealing with hecklers, Lickers said.

Third: Earle’s lawyer, James Millar, hasn’t waited for the tribunal hearing to railroad his client before appealing on constitutional grounds to a real court.

Jim Millar’s motion also asks that the section of the Human Rights Code being applied in the case be declared unconstitutional because it violates Earle’s right to freedom of expression.

Fourth: Roy Green on the Human Rights Tribunals, with an ultimatum for all his listeners:

Do you agree or disagree with this statement – “The federal government should leave hate speech accusations to criminal courts and not the Canadian Human Rights Commission or its tribunals to rule on.”

Also noted by BCF

Fifth, Rex Murphy turns his vocabularic profusity against the Human Rights industry:

By some crude osmosis, or just from the luxuriant carelessness of our pampered lives, we have overturned one of the great concepts of all human law. The concept of human rights, as experience and history inform us, is protection from the state’s power, not oversight, interference and punishment by the state’s power.

Finally, John Ivison comments on the Senate’s inquiry into the state of free speech in Canada, and noting the inaction by our current government despite their convictions:

Justice Minister Rob Nicholson has not committed to any such inquiry, though it would be a popular move among Conservatives, who voted unanimously at their last policy convention to kill Section 13. It would also receive some cross-party support — Keith Martin, a Liberal MP from British Columbia, has put forth a private member’s bill calling for the same thing.


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