The Lynch List, 08-Sep-2011

First: A former Ontario police officer is bringing a complaint to the Ontario Tribunal that can only be described as an endless rabbit-hole. Larry Hay, a Mohawk and former police chief, was fired by OPP cheif Julian Fantino after making public comments about racism against aboriginals within the police force.

While there are, without question, problems with racism that needs to be addressed in all police forces, the definition of “racism” is bound to be massaged and abused for each individual’s own purposes. For example, Hay believes that to treat a Mohawk protester who breaks the law as a criminal, is racism:

“The management of the OPP appeared to view the protesters as nothing more than criminals, rather than individuals asserting their Aboriginal rights,” Hay writes in his complaint.

How did that “view” work out in Caledonia, pray tell?

Mr. Hay has allegations that should be heard in a specialized employment tribunal, not a politicized and biased kangaroo court.

Second: The National Post opines that McGuinty’s proposal for bribing employers to hire immigrants – besides being blatant affirmative action – will lead to human rights complaints if employers stand on principle and refuse to be bribed. This exhibits the fundamental schism between Canada’s human rights system and real human rights. If the OHRC really cared about human rights, they should be condemning McGuinty’s plan to discriminate on the basis of immigrant status.

Third: Let’s place the blame where it belongs, here. A 67-pound 21-year-old sufferer of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has had his $250 monthly diet supplement cut off. It’s clear that he needs it, and he is a perfect example of the original intent of the Special Diet Allowance. Yet it was the Tribunal’s insistence that the Allowance be turned into yet another avenue for poverty alleviation that forced the cancellation of the program due to budget constraints.

In a country with a public health system, allowing the government to discriminate on the basis of need in a program like this is a no-brainer. The Tribunal doesn’t think so.

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