First: Richard Moon is in the Human Rights news again, but this time at the receiving end. A candidate for the dean of law at the University of Windsor is naming Moon in a human rights complaint. The complainant alleges she was denied the position due to racism and sexism. By her comments, she appears to be a professional grievance-monger. The fact that she ran for the federal NDP party doesn’t exactly dispel that notion.
She claims the school found her “threatening” because of her intentions to “do more than pay lip service to equity” by addressing the “distinct contrast” between the diverse student population and the “white male leadership.”
Her complaint includes a list of all Windsor Law deans back to 1967, of which she says only one was not a white man and she left the post early.
“The University and Faculty of Law leadership remain in the hands of white males,” Prof. Carasco claims, creating a “culture of privilege which white men expect to have continue, and will defend with impunity.”
What does she want? The dean’s position, $60,000 from the school, and $15,000 directly from Moon. I bet Moon is wishing he could have a do-over on his CHRC report and insert a few more recommendations…
Second: We sincerely all wish Jennifer Lynch a complete and speedy recovery if the rumors are true that she has been diagnosed with cancer.
Besides, she needs to be in the best of health when she gets unceremoniously fired.
Third: Our neighbors to the south are cringing at how our Human Rights system stifles free speech:
In the U.S., we are fortunate enough to harbor a healthy aversion to restrictions on free speech and the bullying of public figures we disagree with.
Our neighbors to the north are not so lucky.
Under the Canadian Human Rights Act of 1977, it is illegal to distribute by phone or Internet information “that is likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.” Enforcement is accomplished through trials by the Human Rights Tribunal — in which hearsay is accepted as evidence, truth is not a defense and plaintiffs are given the power of investigators and access to Commission files.
The Commission has the power to issue gag orders and in the past forced defendants to apologize for statements they still agreed with. The attitude of the Tribunal can be summed up by investigator Dean Steacy, who stated during a recent case, “Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.”