After a few monster Lists, it’s about time for a short one.
First: Max Yelden, former commissioner of the CHRC, claims that the federal and provincial Commissions are not in the “denouncing” business, as Mark Mercer earlier claimed. Oh really? Then what is this?
While freedom of expression must be recognized as a cornerstone of a functioning democracy, the Commission has serious concerns about the content of a number of articles concerning Muslims that have been published by Maclean’s magazine and other media outlets. This type of media coverage has been identified as contributing to Islamophobia and promoting societal intolerance towards Muslim, Arab and South Asian Canadians. The Commission recognizes and understands the serious harm that such writings cause, both to the targeted communities and society as a whole. And, while we all recognize and promote the inherent value of freedom of expression, it should also be possible to challenge any institution that contributes to the dissemination of destructive, xenophobic opinions.
If it walks like a denouncer, quacks like a denouncer, and looks like a denouncer, it probably is one.
Second: I missed this complaint that was launched at the end of September, but a friend politely reminded me of it. The parents of a Down’s Syndrome boy are demanding that their son’s dog be allowed in school. The school board is working towards it, even paying for the dog’s American-based trainers to shuttle up to Manitoba and train the teachers on how to handle the dog. Not fast enough, says the parents, who also dismiss the complaints from other parents who don’t want their children in the same classroom as a dog. Maybe another complaint can be filed with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission concerning a classmate who is allergic to dogs…
Third: Ah, yes. Their kids are allegedly bullied, so the parents look to the nearest deep pockets in order to cash in on their childrens’ misery. The bullies themselves? Not responsible. Who pays? The rest of the students, since the funding for their education is now diverted to pay for lawsuits, legal fees, and settlements. All this started by a BCHRT ruling that held school boards – and not the perpetrators – liable for bullying incidents.