The Lynch List, 10-Jun-2010

Here’s the rub:

First: Ezra Levant offers some advice to our Conservative government:

The government should not wait for the question of political censorship to work its way through the courts. It should act now to repeal Section 13 and to make other badly needed reforms to the CHRC, including bringing in a civil liberties oversight committee to monitor abuses by CHRC staff…

Second: The couple at the center of the Bed and Breakfast complaint in BC has shut down their business. Even before they have been found to have contravened any law, the ordeal of going through a human rights complaint, and the chill that has been placed on their operations, has proved too much for the retired couple.

Third: Yet another Human Rights Tribunal ruling reversed by a real court. The Tribunal put a gag order on Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association director Charles Gauthier that was invoked after Gauthier gave an interview to the media. The Tribunal slapped Gauthier with a $2000 fine, but that wasn’t all – the Pivot Legal Society that successfully brought the breach-of-confidentiality complaint to the BCHRT was also slapped with court costs. I’d like to revel in the sweet justice, but the DVBIA is embroiled in another ongoing Tribunal complaint against its Ambassador program.

All of these actions are sucking up valuable time and draining the coffers of the DVBIA while the poverty groups get a free ride on the taxpayer’s dime. What a great country, it even supplies free lawfare!

Fourth: We’ll be following the veiled-witness case closely – and Scaramouche reports that the CHRC has come out swinging on behalf of the covering in court. Fine with me, as long as the Tribunal is okay with me wearing a ski mask when I testify at my impending Human Rights hearing.

Fifth: You gotta love HRC reasoning – since we haven’t come across this situation yet, we can’t tell you how to avoid a human rights violation until you commit one. Not to mention, you don’t have the right to avoid someone with SARS or H1N1, because the Commission has classified infection as a disability. Brought to you by the Saskatchewan HRC.

Sixth: The serial complainants at the OHRT aren’t happy about having their gravy train at the OHRC interrupted by McGuinty’s legislation (which is supported by Barbara Hall, btw). McGuinty has so far backed down by supplying a slush fund to encourage complaints and limiting the ability of the Tribunal to throw out frivolous complaints. Does the word “spineless” come to mind?

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