The Lynch List, 6-Mar-2012

First: We’ve already heard that it’s a human right in Quebec for the morbidly obese to confiscate the best condo parking spaces from little old ladies. Now a former CHRC investigator believes that having three children amounts to “special circumstances“, triggering the “family status” provision in the Ontario Human Rights Act and subsequent suspension of any and every law she doesn’t like. Her beef? She can’t navigate the laneway to her backyard parking spot, and the city of Ottawa won’t let her park in front of her home. Instead of applying for a variance, the aggrieved “special” mum went straight to the Tribunal.

Matt Gurney does a bit of simple math:

Her laneway is 8.5 feet across — wider than the typical garage door that people drive their cars through a bazillion times a day without incident, never realizing their human rights are being violated.

Second: My biggest question in this case is, why isn’t the police investigating? And if they are, then why have two investigations at the same time? Black jail guards in Toronto’s prison allege that they have been subject to threatening mail and graffiti from some KKK wannabees, and they suspect some of their workmates. Unhappy with the job that the correctional service has done to address the situation, one guard has gone to the OHRT. I say a failure of the police to investigate repeated death threats against a citizen is the real problem here.

Third: Alberta home-school families are protesting, quite rightly, the invasion of the human rights police into every facet of their lives. Since the line between school time and family time doesn’t exist in homeschooled families, there is nothing to stop the province’s human rights jackboots under this proposed legislation from scrutinizing everything that parents say to their children in order to prevent the transmission of unapproved values.

Fourth: Maybe I’m old-school, but I remain convinced that someone who is guilty of murder has forfeited his own life – it is only by the benevolence of society that he continues to live. Similarly, one who has willingly infected someone else with HIV has forfeited any supposed right to treatment – any treatment he does receive is at the benevolence of the society that he has harmed. But I’m sure the human rights tribunals won’t see it that way. While at least one woman’s life has been tragically altered forever by this man’s crimes, he can still launch human rights complaints over alleged lapses in his treatment while in custody.

Fifth: The selfishness of a few is again putting many at risk. Few occupations are as physically-demanding as firefighting, and a mandatory retirement policy of 60 years seems more than reasonable. Yet that’s not good enough for one complainant, who feels that his own fulfillment is more important than the protection of his community. If he succeeds, it will also do a disservice to other firefighters who, at the age of 60, will feel pressured to continue, and put themselves at risk.


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