The Lynch List, 28-Jun-2010

As we move into the summer, it looks like the HRCs are slowing down too. Posting may be a bit more spotty for the next two months.

First: Remember when I predicted a housing shortage in Ontario? Apparently the current housing shortage is now reason for the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal to intervene further, and strike down zoning laws that may restrict the options for certain “protected” groups:

Kathy Laird, the executive director of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre that’s representing the Dream Team in its case against the City of Toronto and two other municipalities, says those provisions are discriminatory since they restrict options available to people with disabilities at a time of a housing shortage.

Second: CHRC lawyer Giaccomo Vigna is finishing up his libel civil case against Ezra Levant for some colorful blog postings. Xanthippa has a run-down of the body language of the participants.

Third: A decent editorial that argues that the Molnar B&B complaint will probably go the complainant’s way, using the argument that pious Christians tend to pick and choose the religious tenets that they discriminate on:

If the couple had established their B&B as a closely monitored temple of virtue, perhaps I would be more sympathetic, otherwise I’ll reserve my right to assume (perhaps unfairly) that their refusal was less the product of a strict adherence to a sincere religious conviction as much as to their strong personal belief that homosexuality is “icky”.  Ultimately, I have difficulty conceiving of the mere act of catering to gay couples, without more, as a compelled violation of religious belief.

…to which I respectfully disagree. A bed and breakfast is an intimate setting in which the owner basically invites the customer(s) into his house as a guest. Such an invitation is clearly more than a mere “catering” to a gay couple.

Fourth: An indecent editorial that, besides calling concerned parents paranoid bigots, reports that the Alberta Education Board has turned the tables on the religious community over Bill 44, insisting that the Catholic Schools should be taken to the Human Rights Commission if they teach religion without giving parents the option to opt their children out. When you can’t beat’em, join’em, right?

Fifth: The federal government is trying to destroy the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, says a lawyer. Really? Great!!!


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