Monthly Archives: June 2008

Jonas: Never Thought I’d See The Day

[Ottawa Citizen] The state continues to be on the rampage, not only in tyrannies where it’s on the rampage by definition, but also in “free” countries like Canada or present-day Germany. When I stepped ashore in New Brunswick 52 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that one day I’d have to put the word “free” in quotation marks with reference to Canada.

The rest.

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The New & Improved Ontario Human Rights Commission

[CP] Ontario residents filing human rights complaints will have faster service and access to free legal support as a result of changes to the province’s Human Rights Code taking effect Monday.

The legislation also removes a $10,000 cap on awards for “mental anguish” caused by discrimination.

The law also outlines that individuals can now be compensated for injury to dignity, feelings and self-respect.

Other changes to the law include an extension of the window to file a complaint to one year from six months.

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Rousing Editorial Celebrates Canada Day

Some excerpts from a real winner:

[Calgary Sun, Jose Rodriguez] As Canadians, we don’t need a ticker tape parade to affirm our patriotism — which comes in the quiet confidence of tolerance.

We have our own language with uniquely Canadian words like pogey, poutine and toonie.

But in the end, destiny and a referendum always keep us together.

Three cheers for welfare cheques, cheese gravy, and referendums.

After You’re Elected, Time To Learn About Integrity

[The Bulletin] City council has appointed Geri Sanson as the city’s new integrity commissioner, effective September 1, 2008. The integrity commissioner provides advice, complaint resolution and education to council members and appointees of most of the city’s agencies, boards and commissions on the application of the city’s code of conduct and other by-laws, policies and legislation governing ethical behavior.

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Columnist Harrassed At Ottawa Airport For Discussing Terrorism

[Christie Blatchford, Globe and Mail] About 10 minutes later, a fellow passenger warned me that she thought the clerk had called security. I couldn’t believe it, and kept reading, and sure enough, within a few minutes, a young woman with a walkie-talkie in her hands (I guess so if I suddenly turned into a human missile she could call for help) asked to speak to me. She’d had a report about “an incident,” she said. So I told her through gritted teeth what had happened, she magnanimously agreed it was “not illegal” to say what I’d said, apologized and went on her way.

When we boarded a little later, I asked for the ninny’s name. He refused and hissed, “If you make a scene, I’ll call the pilot and you won’t be flying tonight.”

The rest.

Toon Therapy: Editorial Cartoonists Get Together To Tell Of Threats

[Editor and Publisher] Panelist Bruce MacKinnon of The Chronicle Herald in Nova Scotia, Canada, described receiving lots of flak for a 2008 cartoon showing the wife of a man suspected of terrorism. The cartoon’s burka-clad woman (she’s a devout Muslim in real life) was pictured holding a sign that read “I want millions!” as she said “I can put it towards my husband’s next training camp.”

MacKinnon, who has a history of promoting tolerance and minority rights in his cartoons, was hit with a “hate propaganda” criminal complaint (since dropped) and a human-rights complaint (still pending) from an Islamic group in Halifax.

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Note: MacKinnon, the Canadian, is the only cartoonist with a story involving a government body investigating him.

Lawyer: Canadian Human Rights Commission Bowed To Pressure

We happen to agree with Joseph on this one. If the CHRC wasn’t in the papers and blogs so much these days, or if Mark Steyn was named Joe Blow, or if Maclean’s was named Macnobody’s, it’s doubtful they wouldn’t have heard the case. As for his assertion of “inappropriate” pressure, well…that’s life, bud.

End result: the commission is worried about their rep and their ass more than they’re worried about their self-styled mandate. And that, too, is nothing new.

[Faisal Joseph] “Based on the Investigator’s findings a hearing was warranted to allow evidence to be presented and arguments to be made,” continued Joseph. “However we are not surprised at the decision in light of the inappropriate political pressure that has been brought to bear on the Commission and that has prompted the Commission to set up an internal review of its procedures under s. 13(1).”

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[Commission’s finding] (A)n argument could be made that the material in the complaint bears some of the hallmarks of hate as identified in the Kouba decision, that it does portray persons of the Muslim faith in a negative light based upon broad generalizations, and therefore may expose persons of the Muslim faith to hatred or contempt.