The Lynch List, 28-Mar-2011

Just a few quick shots for your today.

First: The feud between Jews and Jew-haters in York continues unabated; now a human rights complaint has been launched by Sammy Katz, alleging a hostile environment for Jews perpetuated by the university. The only question is, what took you so long, Sammy?

Second: The appeal in the Saguenay prayer case has now been officially filed.

Third: The rabbit-hole never ends. When the Canadian Human Rights Commission decided to play doctor and start defining disabilities on their own, despite medical evidence, it’s only a matter of time that they start to gun for a piece of that “accommodation” pie (see comment below).

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6 Responses to The Lynch List, 28-Mar-2011

  1. Kevin says:

    I would just note that the CHRC has never classified Electrohypersensitivity as a disability, despite the claim made on that site. The CHRC policy on environmental sensitivity could be accused of a lacking in scietific grounding, but even it doesn’t refer to the electro stuff. The only reference you’ll find is in a research document published on their site, which is expressly not the view of the Commission.

  2. Thanks, Kevin. I also found other links disputing their contention that Sweden has recognized electrohypersensitivity; they haven’t either.

    It’s relieving to know that we won’t be seeing the CHRC start banning cell phones in the workplace, like they did with scents. At least not for now…

    • Kevin says:

      I would argue about scents in the workplace, too, as there really haven’t been cases tried on this issue … but you’re right to say the the CHRC seems to be dipping its toes in that area, in an unfortunate way.

  3. Granted, I’m thinking of the AHRC here. Look at this fantastic quote:

    “Under human rights legislation there would be no right to wear perfume,” [AHRCC director Marie Riddle] said. “The right is that the person who has a disability has a right to be accommodated in the workplace, and that could mean that the other workers have to make accommodations, too.”

    Note that the right to eat, breathe, and relieve oneself aren’t recognized in human rights legislation either…

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