Winnipeg Free Press – [bold ours] RENOWNED criminal and human rights lawyer Clayton Ruby will enter the ongoing case this morning of Brian Sinclair, found dead after waiting 34 hours in the Health Sciences Centre’s emergency department in 2008.
A news release said Ruby will hold a press conference “to discuss an important legal and human rights issue arising out of the tragic death of Brian Sinclair.”
Monthly Archives: March 2010
CNW – The University of Toronto Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights is pleased to announce they are seeking submissions for the 2nd Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
Calgary Herald – American comedian Lenny Bruce showed long ago that anyone who walks into the arena of a comedy club leaves the polite confines of normal society behind.
Dean Steacy, Canadian Human Rights Commission investigator, quoted in the National Post, 2008 – “Freedom of speech is an American concept, so I don’t give it any value.”
National Post, Hugh MacIntyre – Plus I find her assertion that she is suffering post-traumatic stress from being called bad names a little over the top. Does she wake up screaming every night because some comedian insulted her? I somehow doubt it.
Edmonton Journal – On July 1, 1960, proposing his Bill of Rights in Parliament, Diefenbaker concluded with these much-quoted words: “I am a Canadian, a free Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship God in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and for all mankind.”
Toronto Star – The union representing employees at an embattled human rights agency said the chairman of its board of directors imposed a gag order preventing staff from speaking about an internal crisis.
“There is a witch hunt happening at Rights and Democracy,” Micheline Levesque, vice-president of the union representing employees of the Montreal-based agency told MPs on Tuesday.
Covenant Zone – The incident at Zesty’s took her relationship with her girlfriend to a low point. Guy Earle had taken their power away (what that is supposed to mean, I’m not sure) and they broke up in early 2008 several months after the incident.
TGET – Pardy says she suffers from PTSD stemming from the incident, and will later call a witness doctor to confirm it.
FFoF – REMEMBER:
The angry lesbians bringing this “hate speech” case (over a pair of broken sunglasses) get all their “legal” fees paid by your taxdollars, while Guy is out of pocket five figures and counting.
National Post – Will lesbian heckler get last laugh in rights fight?
Toronto Sun - Let’s put the brakes on right here. This is silly.
As indicated by the commission itself on Friday, it’s just part of a restructuring.
And there will be plenty more as the feds trim the public service.
It’s a major headache any time local government offices close. Filing complaints will indeed be a tad tougher.
But let’s be honest. It’s not the catastrophe they are making it out to be.
TGET – Comedian Guy Earle faces a hearing before the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal (BCHRT) for responding to Lorna Pardy’s heckling with lesbian-based jokes that she claims were “discriminatory and harassing.”
The trial takes place on March 29, 2010 at 605 Robson street in Vancouver BC Canada. The public is welcome to attend.
Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente – That’s what a lot of people think. A loud-mouthed, trash-talking aging babe rides into town, taunts the rubes, engineers the cancellation of her own speaking engagement in a smallish room at a second-tier university, declares herself a victim and makes prime-time news for an entire week…
We’re not ideological about these things. We’ll try to shut down anyone. And if a fading harridan exploits that to the max, who should we blame? Not her.
Toronto Sun – A comedian whose put-downs of a lesbian and her companion in the audience is hoping she doesn’t have the last laugh at a B.C. Human Rights Commission tribunal this week…
Pardy is seeking damages in the neighbourhood of $20,000.
Toronto Sun – In an effort to be more efficient, the Canadian Human Rights Commission is closing three regional offices later this year…
And that’s what worries Ezra Levant, a free speech advocate and critic of the commission.
“My fear is that … they are just shutting down wasteful costly branch offices to regroup and be even more brutal out of their Stalinist bunker in Ottawa,” Levant said Friday. “Instead of spending money on rent and phones and things like that, they’re going to put more money into abusing our human rights.”
Calgary Herald – In its search for tribunal members to judge acceptable speech, the Alberta Human Rights Commission recently posted an ad listing desirable attributes in applicants. “A solid knowledge of human rights principles” and “superior analytical” skills were at the top of the list.
CTV – A comedian whose put-downs of a lesbian and her companion in the audience is hoping she doesn’t have the last laugh at a B.C. Human Rights Commission tribunal this week.
Was Guy Earle’s discriminatory verbal assault spurred solely by the woman’s sexual orientation, or was the professional funny man exercising his right to free speech when an audience member wouldn’t settle down?
Canada Views – Yesterday, the Ignatieff Liberals embarrassed themselves by abstaining, voting against, or absenting themselves from a Liberal motion to guarantee Canadian funding for a broad range of family planning programs, including contraception and abortion, to improve maternal health outcomes in developing countries.
Columbia Daily Tribune – Anti-abortion zealots armed with a sonogram will look right through a pregnant woman and desperately seek a sacred fertilized egg, perhaps hoping to find it twirling rosary beads, as the pregnant woman — a person — fades into the background, disappearing and forgotten.
Vancouver Sun – A decision by the Canadian Human Rights Commission to close offices in Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax is not an attack on human rights, nor is it being done on orders from the Conservative government, says a top official with the commission…
Mosher rejected the charges and said there was no government involvement. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson’s office also issued a statement saying it had no input into the “internal reorganization” by the independent agency.
NYT – “The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and use grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women.” The alliance added that Mr. Luna and the festival “have refused to take responsibility for the problematic content and offensive marketing of this film,” and urged its membership to contact the festival and demand that the film be pulled from its schedule.
The New Times - Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, revisionists and their sympathisers, swallowed whole the cheap political hyperbole fabricated in Ingabire’s backyard, portraying Ntawangundi as a victim of the alleged government repressive laws.
This newspaper was not spared their insulting missives, calling it all sorts of names, despite publishing results of a meticulous research which proved that Ntawangundi was not exactly a choirboy…
It’s interesting to note that once evidence against Ntawangundi became increasingly insurmountable, with his subsequent court appearance, Ingabire and her human rights supporters dropped him in quick order. Not a single one of them showed up at any of the hearings.
Toronto Sun – Canadians who suffer human rights abuses will have a tougher time complaining about them to the Human Rights Commission with three offices on the chopping block, according to the federal public service union…
Montreal Gazette – Canada’s largest federal union is calling the federal government’s decision to close three Canadian Human Rights Commission’s offices an attack on human rights and women’s groups…
Calgary Herald – Canada’s largest federal union is protesting the Harper government’s decision to close three of the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s offices…
Examiner – Gordon puts the closures and job cuts, which have not been confirmed in public by Commission staff, squarely at the feet of the Harper government. Yet a spokesperson for Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says “The Canadian Human Rights Commission is an independent agency that administers the Canadian Human Rights Act without interference from the Government. This internal re-organization was a decision made by the Commission without direction or input from the Government.”
Five Feet of Fury – Yep, this is an amazing coincidence, but let’s have fun with it anyway: the government is finally closing down three Canadian Human Rights Commission offices!…
DWE – Great News. Justice Minister Says Human Rights Commission Answers To No One