The Lynch List, 20-Dec-2010

This Lynch List is dedicated to the culture of entitlement that the Human Rights Commissions are, inadvertently or purposefully, creating:

First: An entitlement to be “free of poverty”. Or so says former PEI supreme court justice Gerard Mitchell:

Poverty must be seen for what it is, namely, a serious violation of human rights. It is an affront to human dignity that deprives its victims of full membership and participation in our society. Therefore, poverty reduction must be seen not as charity work but primarily as a human rights remedy which governments have an obligation to implement.

Second: An entitlement to the approval of your peers for being morbidly obese:

As regular readers of these pages are well aware, weight bias and discrimination is widespread among the public, health professionals, media, policy makers and employers. Overweight and obesity are often viewed as the result of simply making poor choices or a lack of willpower and self control, and not as the complex conditions they are.

Third: An entitlement to cable TV, snow-shoveled bus stops, and “affordable” transit, all as part and parcel of the “right to (a) life” (emphasis mine):

By the looks of it, there is no way to break out of this cyclical pattern so I can regain my right to a life. This has been going on for 6 months ever since the manager of Kingston Transit wrote me to say that, due to bus stop design and safety issues about the steepness of the ramp, wheelchair users are recommended to go back to using the [more expensive, and less available] Access Bus on a full time basis. All I want is to afford the cost of taking transit so I can get my cable back and return to eating a more healthy and wholesome diet. I should not be expected to absorb the added cost of taking specialized transit

While I feel for the guy, the sense of entitlement is growing at an alarming rate.

Fourth: The OHRC created an entitlement to housing, using its little-known power to overrule our constitution and Charter to “declare” rights.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is the first commission in the country to declare housing as a human right and look at how the Human Rights Code can be used to ensure everyone has access to decent, affordable housing.

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