The Lynch List, 16-Jul-2010

Here’s your Lynch List. On a Friday. In summer.

First: A shakeup is happening at the BC Human Rights Tribunal, whines the Straight. Heather McNaughton is losing her post as the chair (thank goodness). In addition, member Judith Parrack will not be re-appointed. Parrack, of course, formerly worked for the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a left-wing anti-poverty advocacy group. Two down, still a few activists to go… (h/t Jesse Ferreras, also noted by BCF)

It looks like this is putting some cases on hold, too. Judith Parrack adjourned all future hearings for a case she is currently overseeing, laying thinly veiled blame on the provincial government.

Second: Yet another reason why confidential mediated settlements in Human Rights cases are an affront to the rule of law. We will never know why Mr. Mahmood was not allowed to board an Air Canada flight. We will never know what the human rights law expects of travelers and airline companies. Mr. Mahmood is laughing all the way to the bank, while Air Canada is simply happy to have the Human Rights Commission off its back.

Yet Mahmood insists that Air Canada must provide more transparency. Can we start with some transparency on the amount of money Mahmood was paid to drop his complaint? Can we get some transparency on how the Human Rights Tribunal pressed Air Canada for a settlement?

Third: Here’s Human Rights reasoning for you. If you’re young, male, black, and driving a nice vehicle, the police shouldn’t be able to stop you.

Fourth: While I don’t agree with the course this guy is taking, we all know it was doomed from the start. Trying to use the Tribunal to force the government to provide men equal preventative treatments for cancer as women enjoy simply won’t work. Not that the Tribunal doesn’t think it has the power to demand provincial and federal governments around  – oh, they love doing that, all right.  No, it’s that a cause such as this doesn’t fit in with the Tribunal’s narrative. Case closed.

Fifth: Hmm, how much will this cost Canada’s retailers? Businesses are now being forced to install card-readers that are completely accessible by disabled people. I wonder how long the cord has to be? Wouldn’t that be a strangling hazard for children? Why not demand Brialle on the keypad and voice-activated terminals?

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