Maclean’s wins hate case, again

For the third time, a human rights commission has ruled that Maclean’s and Mark Steyn’s story were not hate speech. So, how many times does this have to go to a human rights commission? You would think once would be enough. Needs to be some federal/provincial co-ordination on these things. Surely human rights under the Canadian constitution can’t vary too significantly from province to province.

National Post, Oct. 11 2008


Levant wins Human Rights case

I’ve never had a big regard for Ezra Levant, particularly in his “Stockaholic” days as Director of Communications for Stockwell Day’s Reform/Alliance party. However, he has some points worth taking seriously in his recent win over publishing the Danish Mohamed cartoons, particularly the financial/media chill that can encourage people to settle quietly (and cheaply) rather than fight their cause. However, HRC’s have done some cutting edge work, such as ensuring that women can’t be fired for being pregnant, or that the boss can’t verbally/sexually abuse you just because he/she’s the boss. And there is a limit on HRC’s: their decisions have to be able to be withstood by the courts and the Charter. Still, give Ezra his day; he’s spent some time, money, idealism and passion defending free speech and we should say thanks.

National Post, August 7 2008