The Lynch List, 25-Oct-2010

I’m baaack, and have lots to talk about…

Off the top: The federal government, which intervened in Lemire to defend Section 13, has declined to intervene in the appeal before federal court. This is big news, as it signals a direction from the government away from defending Section 13.

First: An intervenor in the Carasco complaint is asking the HRTO to appoint Carasco as Windsor University’s law school dean – precisely because she is female and non-white:

In their application,  Women and the Law write about the importance of mentorship in legal education, what it would mean for women students and students of colour to have a woman of colour as Dean, and “the unique adminsitrative, curricular, and extra curricular approaches a woman of colour could bring to the adminstration of a law school”

I guess that’s exactly what the HRTO was designed to do – discriminate.

Second: The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has in the past been all too willing to second-guess municipalities when it comes to planning their transit systems, forcing them into costly re-routing to please a particular complainant. I guess they can only go so far with this. They declined to honor the complaint of a St Catherines woman to create a whole new transit system – just for her. Maybe if she tries again in a few years…

Third: Hmm. Should the HRCs get involved over Tamil ads promoting Rob Ford for mayor only because he’s straight? The Globe and Mail has already labeled them as “hateful”, so they must have hurt someone’s feelings. That’s all the evidence they need.

Fourth: Is there a limit to the right to be accommodated based on disability? A disabled man in Guelph says that every business he frequents has caved to his demands for accessibility save one – an old bookstore who already received a favorable review from the OHRC that exempted them from making prohibitively expensive renovations. That doesn’t stop our disabled crusader – he’ll litigate the store to death, beginning with a Human Rights complaint, just because he can.

Fifth: A flagging company doesn’t give a grossly overweight employee a shift. When he calls to ask why, they say they have concerns that he can’t stand up for eight hours straight.  Says BCHRT member Enid Marion:

Given the context in which the comment was made, it was serious, insensitive and understandably hurt his feelings.

$2,000 for hurt feelings. That will buy, oh, about 300 KFC Double Downs and another HRT complaint.

Sixth: A public service union believes that the reason that complaints to the CHRC have become so “adversarial” is because the Commission doesn’t have enough resources. Resources, presumably, to squash the respondent’s rights like a bug.


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