Dented Blue Mercedes: Free speech, and the cruel shackles of empathy and mutual respect

In Canada, we tend to value freedom of speech very highly, and it’s often said that the best way to counter objectionable speech is with more speech. That’s the first thought that crosses my mind in the case of U of T professor Jordan Peterson, who declares in a series of YouTube videos that he ...

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Pathetic Plea To Justin Trudeau

No media personality in this country has attacked Justin Trudeau as viciously as has Ezra Levant.He has called him a terrorist, he has attacked his family in the lowest possible way.During Trudeau's fight with Patrick Brazeau he got so carried away, he practically came in his pants wondering whether Justin would be removed in an ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do So Many Cons Want To Kill Justin Trudeau?

A few weeks ago I was at a party in Edinburgh, and once they found out I was a Canadian, everyone I met wanted to ask me about Justin Trudeau.Had I ever met him? Was he as cool as he seemed? When will he legalize marijuana?(So they know when to visit Canada.)And how they wished he ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do So Many Cons Want To Kill Justin Trudeau?

A few weeks ago I was at a party in Edinburgh, and once they found out I was a Canadian, everyone I met wanted to ask me about Justin Trudeau.Had I ever met him? Was he as cool as he seemed? When will he legalize marijuana?(So they know when to visit Canada.)And how they wished he ...

The Canadian Progressive: Cape Breton Ready To Welcome Americans Nervous About Donald Trump Presidency

If front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump captures the White House in November, Americans are welcome to escape to Cape Breton Island. A new website, “Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins,” encourages Americans to seriously consider seeking refuge on the beautiful Nova Scotia island. The post Cape Breton Ready To Welcome Americans Nervous About Donald ...

Montreal Simon: Meet the Con Crazies Who are Threatening Our Leaders

For weeks I've been warning that the Con zombies out there are out of controlSpewing hatred in every direction, and even threatening the lives of Rachel Notley and Justin Trudeau.I've been monitoring those Con crazies for years, and I've never seen anything like it.And if you don't believe me, read Martin Patriquin's story and meet ...

Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 10, 2016 8:11 AM PT   I can remember the same thing happening re the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Exactly How Does Facebook Define Community Standards?

Living in a democratic society, of course, entails the promotion, encouragement and defense of a diversity of views. With that I obviously have no quarrel. But, as the saying goes, with that freedom comes responsibility. it is the second part of this equation that some people refuse to accept. When, for example, does freedom of ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church

The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel. The post Harper must clarify ‘zero tolerance’ for Israel boycotters: Church appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical

Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians. The post Harper’s effort to criminalize legitimate Canadian criticism of Israel is diabolical appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Crusader Bill Whatcott Flees Canada

Bill Whatcott, a highly controversial anti-abortion and anti-gay crusader, flees Canada, seeks refuge in the Philippines. The post Anti-Abortion, Anti-Gay Crusader Bill Whatcott Flees Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley’s Disastrous Freedom Tour

Well it was always going to be a freak show. Ezra Levant and Brian Lilley, the two Con clowns from Sun TV, on a so-called Free Speech Tour.Spewing bigotry out of every orifice, and asking their faithful followers suckers to pay for the privilege of watching them live and in person.But who knew it would ...

drive-by planet: "Anti-Semitic" troll on Common Dreams site turns out to be Jewish Harvard grad

The progressive news website Common Dreams offers stellar content on a regular basis. It has been fearless and honest in its coverage of Israel and in so doing has attracted negative attention, including simulated anti-Semitic commentary. In a recent published report the site notes that such anti-Semitic posts “have been so frequent and intense they ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Criminal Complaint Filed Against Ron Banerjee

…for acting up at Ford Fest.  Don’t have details as yet, other than its been filed with 41 Division, but it is more than a rumour.  Will update when I hear more.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Section 13 Is Officially Dead…

Long Live Section 13.  But during its death spiral the whole notion of having a hate speech provision in the Canadian Human Rights Act was judged perfectly constitutional.  And  with a LPC government in power, S13 or something similar could be reinserted without having to sweat the constitutional issues.  It would be a vote getter, and ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Free Dominion Is BACK!!! Sort of…

They’ve gone read-only, for the time being.  Meanwhile, it worth nothing the occasion that brought them out.  A federal appeals court has put the final nail in the coffin of Mark Lemire’s constitutional appeal  of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act (the hate speech provision). You can read more more about it here; ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Hate Speech in C-13

Indeed, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act does contain several “tweeks” to Canada’s hate speech laws. (4) In this section, “identifiable group” means any section of the public distinguished by colour, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability. To me the only noticable change I can see is ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tory Appointees Move To Muscle Bill C-304 Through Senate

The link is to Marc Lemire’s site (one-time leader of the white supremacist Heritage Front), so you may not want to click though, but what he’s saying sounds right: the Senate Tories are no longer allowing their Liberal counter-parts to adjourn debate on Bill C-304.  By the end of the month, it may be a ...

The Canadian Progressive: Multi-Racial Cheerios Commercial Provokes Barrage of Racist Comments

This multi-racial Cheerios commercial has provoked a barrage of racist comments on YouTube, Reddit, Facebook and other social media. Some of the bigots said the commercial was so “disgusting” it made them “want to vomit”, made “references to Nazis, ‘troglodytes’ and ‘racial genocide’.” The post Multi-Racial Cheerios Commercial Provokes Barrage of Racist Comments appeared first ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Freelance Filmmaker Christoper Di Armani Wins The Internet

You can no more outlaw “hate” than you can outlaw murder, rape, theft or lying politicians. Pride of the speechys, this guy.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Help Save Canada’s Hate Speech Law!

If you missed reading through one the links in my last post, the Harper Tories are trying to force Bill C-304 (which would repeal the hate-speech provision in the Canadian Human Rights Act) through the Senate before their late June convention so they can toss some red meat to the mouth breathers and prorogue parliament. ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: FreeD Makes The Big Leagues: Norton Software Dubs It A "Hate" Site

So I was checking out the wifi at my new place by downloading a few software updates and got something from Norton that I didn’t want (and have since uninstalled).  I find out about it when I cruise over to FreeD to wallow in teh crazy and see this (looks better when you click on it): Now, ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Facing 2nd Hate Speech Charge?

Dawg has the details.  But, as to the reason given by the AG’s rep for NOT going forward the first time, that he “was afraid Levant would make a big noise about [the charges]”, I frankly think not.  That’s because, for one thing, Ezra’s career is on the line.  Nobody in broadcasting will hire a ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Ezra Off Hook For Hate Speech Charge?

Dr Dawg, and Haroon Siddiqui in the piece Dawg references, think that the Ontario Attorney General, John Gerretson, will not file hate speech charges against Ezra Levant for his anti-Roma screed of six months ago. However, the following except from a missive by Gina Csanyi-Robah of the Toronto Roma Community Centre, re her meeting with police and the AG’s ...