The Lynch List, 17-Jan-2011

First: As an addendum to the previous story on the gay couple prosecuting their neighbors in Quebec’s HRT for insults, the National Post dug a little deeper on the complainants:

Messrs. Wouters and Thibault, who were the first gay male couple in Quebec to formalize their union under the province’s civil union law, have a history of pursuing lawsuits and complaints against neighbours whom they believe harbour homophobic attitudes.

The couple moved into their Parkdale Avenue home in 1978 and lived in relative peace with their neighbours for more than two decades. But in 2001, they began complaining of harassment from a neighbour, Bob Walker, resulting in criminal charges and a 4,000-person anti-homophobia march through their neighbourhood. Mr. Walker was acquitted a year and a half later after the judge in the case encountered difficulty with the credibility of the two men. Six years later, the couple signed a letter of apology to Mr. Walker in which they stated all the complaints made against him were “baseless.”

In 2007, the Quebec Human Rights Commission recommended damages of $10,000 be awarded to the couple after a neighbourhood teen covered their trees with toilet paper, set off a firecracker on their property and made violent threats.

Chip. On. Shoulder.

Second: Maybe they should change their name to the “Canadian Civil Liberties and Equality Association”. They appear content to straddle the divide between the two and deny that they are mutually exclusive. In another instalment in Troy Media’s defence of the Human Rights system, Nathalie Des Rosiers pays little more than lip service to civil liberties:

Civil libertarians generally object to the inclusion of “hate speech” prohibitions in human rights acts or other statutes, but they should firmly support a proactive educational mandate of human rights commissions to counter prejudiced discourses.

So let’s get this straight: hate speech laws, not okay. State-funded propaganda, okay. Oh, and this civil libertarian is okay with surveillance of supposed “hate-mongers”:
We also need to know more about hate mongers, about why they hate and how they move from feelings to action.

Third: The BC Human Rights Tribunal is being asked to decide whether Elections BC was within its rights not to re-hire an election worker for reasons of partisanship. The worker, Elwin Mowry, was a canvasser in the campaign to force the referendum in the first place. In a new twist, the leader of the BC First party, Chris Delaney, has been granted intervenor status. For those who don’t know, Delaney organized the entire Stop HST campaign to begin with.

Fourth: It’s no surprise that some lawyers would support any decision that awarded a fat wad of cash to a cop-killer. But this one managed to get in a dig at the Human Rights Commissions while defending his meal ticket:

While human rights tribunals across the country have made some highly questionable decisions, particularly when balancing civil liberties against equality rights, this recent decision is certainly not among them. All that being said, I am of the view that human rights tribunals should be abolished and matters should be decided by the courts, where judges are properly trained and enjoy judicial independence.


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