The Lynch List, 31-May-2011

Here we go…

First: Where do the ‘roos go when they’re past their best-before date? They get appointments in the real courts, apparently. Quite shocking, since they’ve made a career out of circumventing legal rules and procedure, and now they’re in charge of it…

Second: A lovely column by John Martin in the Chilliwack Times, from a criminologist no less:

Created many decades ago to address discrimination toward those seeking employment or housing, these commissions soon found themselves with little work on their hands as there just didn’t seem to be enough discrimination out there to keep thousands of politically correct bureaucrats and appointees busy.

So they started seeking out other witches.

Third: A lovely day for commentary. From the Vancouver Courier, Mark Hasiuk editorializes:

And therein lies the paradox of so-called human rights tribunals. In their zeal to protect petty grievances, they infringe upon our fundamental rights to live, think and speak freely. In elevating the frivolous, they cheapen the sacrosanct.

Fourth: This just in: stairs are now illegal!

Well, not quite. But a stairway built in a public space, with an elevator within 130 meters, sparked a 12-year fight in the courts and the Tribunal that culminated in the complainant receiving his own taxpayer-funded committee from which to dictate accessibility requirements in other public projects.

Great. Let’s give every complainant their own fief.

Fifth: Ah, the ever-expanding list of human rights: we now have a human right to site an addiction recovery facility wherever we darn well please, thankyouverymuch. Neighbors can go eat cake.

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9 Responses to The Lynch List, 31-May-2011

  1. Bill says:

    You really have no shame about lying through you teeth, don’t you?

    “First: Where do the ‘roos go when they’re past their best-before date? They get appointments in the real courts, apparently. Quite shocking, since they’ve made a career out of circumventing legal rules and procedure, and now they’re in charge of it…”

    First, this is funny because you love to go on about how woefulyl unqualified human rights tribunal members are. But when it turns out they are qualifed to become supreme court judges, well… that is still grounds for criticism.

    Second, no one has made a career out of circumventing legal rules and procedures. I know taht you are completely incompetent when it comes to trying to understand legal cases and rules, but this is retarded even for you. How about you attempt justifying that statement so I can mock what a moron you are after you write some ridiculous bullshit that has no relation to reality?

  2. Bill says:

    “Well, not quite. But a stairway built in a public space, with an elevator within 130 meters, sparked a 12-year fight in the courts and the Tribunal that culminated in the complainant receiving his own taxpayer-funded committee from which to dictate accessibility requirements in other public projects.

    Great. Let’s give every complainant their own fief.”

    How unjust. It would be a much better society if the disabled would just shut the fuck up and keep their wheelchairs in their houses so we don’t have to look at them. Maybe you can work on shaming them into the closet with teh gays.

  3. Bill says:

    “Fifth: Ah, the ever-expanding list of human rights: we now have a human right to site an addiction recovery facility wherever we darn well please, thankyouverymuch. Neighbors can go eat cake. ” – So your position on property right is that they should be absolute, unless your property is being used to provide health care to sick people, in which case neighbours should have a veto over how you use your property. Do I have that right?

  4. Bill:

    I appreciate the constructive criticism.

    Re: Heather McNoughton, she is NOT qualified to be a supreme court judge. She was appointed as a Master of the Court, which is more of a patronage appointment. She would be dealing with pre-trial motions and managing cases.

    Second, there are many individuals who make a career out of circumventing legal rules and procedures – look at the head (and legal counsel) of any militant union in the country.

    The BC Human Rights Code (and other Codes across the country) contains clauses in which the traditional standards of justice are relaxed, and give tremendous leeway to the tribunal member to make the rules up as they go along. In addition, their bias is clear: their focus is on preventing discrimination, and not in protecting the rights of the accused. I would say that would amount to a career in circumventing legal rules and procedures.

    • Bill says:

      I really, really think you don’t understand the way our legal system works. When the legislature passes a statute that provides for a particular legal process that differs from “traditional standards of justice”, whatever that means, then the act of following those legal procedures is is no way, shape or form “circumventing legal rules”. It is the exact opposite. It is following legal rules and procedures. To not follow them would be illegal, because they are the law. Do you really not understand that, or are you making a disingenuous argument based on your extremist zeal to rid the country of prohibitions on discrimination?

      A master of the court is no more a “patronage appointment” than any other appointment by the executive branch. Do you have any integrity whatsoever, or are you willing to make up any bullshit argument so that you can discriminate against gays?

      And once more, you don’t have a clue what you are talking about when you talk about “militant unions” circumventing the law. The vast, vast, vast, vast majority of violations of labotu legislation in this country and every single other country in the world, are carried out by management and not unions. If you had the slightest bit of knowledge regardnig labour law you would know this.

  5. Re: public stairway

    Non sequitor.

    • Bill says:

      Oh, I would say that your desire to remove the legal obligation to provide public access to disabled people is very much central to your anti-human-rights jihad. A majority of cases heard by human rights tribuals relate to disabled access. And the direct result of your advocacy would be the banishment of the disabled from public life and society. For you, who could care less if people in wheelchairs are forever confined to their homes, it is a non-sequitor. For those people whose liberty you are trying to crush, not so much.

  6. Re: Property rights

    Property within a municipality is governed by zoning laws with the purpose of ensuring that the type of land use of neighboring properties will remain relatively constant. This increases property values as home-buyers have some assurance in the type of neighborhood around their property. I don’t believe you oppose zoning laws, and if you do, that’s a discussion for another time. Zoning laws are, essentially, a veto on what your neighbor can or can’t do with their property.

    But zoning laws are very susceptible to political interference, as the potential for personal monetary gain (and loss) from a zoning decision is very high. As a result, public consultations are critical to the process of setting and changing zoning restrictions.

    This decision by the OHRT removes discretion from the municipality as to where the facility is sited. Even worse, it overrides any concerns by neighbors who have invested a large proportion of their wealth in their property with the understanding that the municipality would act in their interest, or at least consult with them, before any zoning changes. Instead of democratic decision-making, we have decision by Tribunal fiat.

    And finally, I will openly admit that I don’t want to live next to any type of health-care facility, and I think the vast majority will agree with me.

    • Bill says:

      I know what zoning laws are and what their justification is. I know the scope of discretion municipalities have. I was commenting on the wild inconsistency of your views with respect to property rights.

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