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 expression cross the line into the promotion of hatred? I have a specific reason for asking that question, which I shall get to in a moment.
I have had a Facebook account for over seven years now; the reason that I joined goes back to (Read more…)
The United Church of Canada wants “clear reassurance” that Prime minister Stephen Harper does not intend to criminalize Canadians critical of Israel.
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Canadians have a moral obligation to revolt against Stephen Harper’s efforts to criminalize both legitimate criticism of Israel and support for Palestinians.
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Bill Whatcott, a highly controversial anti-abortion and anti-gay crusader, flees Canada, seeks refuge in the Philippines.
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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 be such a bust or such an execrable adventure?Read more »
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 have driven away donors from a nonprofit dependent on reader generosity.”
The site launched an investigation and the ensuing report makes interesting reading. Here’s an excerpt that reveals who was really behind a slew of “damaging comments”:
A Common Dreams investigation has discovered that (Read more…)
…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.
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 it would be something that could be done on the cheap.
So we shall see.
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; I’ve written extensively on the matter here; and the court doc is here. I’ve only glanced at the latter, but its obvious that Marc Lemire has been defeated utterly. Even the act’s penalty provision (section 54.1), severed in a previous ruling, has (Read more…)
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 the addition of “national origin” to the list of identifiable groups. This is a holdover from when the bill was called the Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act, and had no pretence to being cyber bullying legislation. I once wrote about (Read more…)
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 little bit easier to spread Hate in Canada. A gift to the Tory base in time for their summer convention.
PS. Although in the next day’s Hansard (18th) Senator Lovelace Nicholas successfully adjourns debate again! Maybe this will get dragged out longer than Marc (Read more…)
You can no more outlaw “hate” than you can outlaw murder, rape, theft or lying politicians.
Pride of the speechys, this guy.
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. It is imperative that the Liberal Senators not allow this, even if it means sitting into July or later. A prorogation could push back the bill’s passage another year or two. It would be interesting to have the gov’s “soft on hate crimes” record available (Read more…)
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, FreeD’s been pretty tame lately, especially since they kicked out Ed Kennedy. And really, even at its worst, it was 95% lunatic conservatism, only 15% actual hate. But whatever. The folks at Norton have them on their official shit-list. Whether they are deserving (Read more…)
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 guy with a hate-speech conviction. Ezra will grovel and beg and eat sand if that’s what it takes to wriggle out of something like this. And, for another thing, Ezra’s preferred style of noise making–smear everyone left, right, and center–has left him with facing
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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 people on March 14th, seems to indicate that no final decision has yet been made:
This is dated March 20th, so I would assume it is the latest information available. Its also easier to read if you click on the image.
Americans love their Constitution and beloved Bill of Rights. However it has one fatal weakness in that it’s provisions are unrestricted without the requirement that such rights as freedom of assembly and speech and the right to bear arms be exercised responsibly. This leads to the inability to restrict hate speech including the desecration of funerals by lunatics claiming to be acting on behalf
As a follower of both US and Canadian politics, but a Canadian resident, it is a source of national pride that much of the most abhorrent aspects of the culture wars in the US are, thankfully, absent in Canada. For all our faults, our elections don’t seem to have an over abundance of old conservative white men who can’t quite restrain themselves from talking about “legitimate rape” and the “gift from god” that a rape baby presents. Even our socially conservative Prime Minister has, as a credit to his political savvy if not his ideological tendencies, clamped down on debates over abortion (Read more…)
As part of a new bill enhancing the powers of the immigration minister, Jason Kenney has revealed new guidelines he would apply to deny entry to foreign nationals. Currently, visitors can only be denied entry for criminal or national security reasons. Kenny’s guidelines would allow the immigration minister to bar:
• People who promote terrorism, violence or criminal activity.• Corrupt foreign
Well,it finally happened:
On Thursday October 11, 2012, Toronto’s Roma Community Centre officially reported a hate crime to the Toronto Police Services and an investigation is now underway.
This was in response to overtly racist, prejudicial, and demeaning statements made by Sun News Network commentator, Ezra Levant, which were broadcast live on television throughout Canada.
And indeed the Toronto police have confirmed that an investigation is underway. The way these things work is they will interview everyone involved, including Ezra, and then decide whether or not to approach the attorney general. So Ezra will get a chance to do
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The latest update on the saga of Arthur Topham can be found here. For those unfamiliar with his story, a hate speech complaint (criminal code section 319) was recently filed against him after the repeal of section 13 made it impossible to deal with his wildly antisemitic writings via the HRC/tribunal process.
While Mr. Topham still cannot post to his Radical Press site he is being allowed to use email. The most important bit from his email to the gang at FreeD is:
Just prior to the Thanksgiving weekend the local Crown Council Jennifer Johnson sent Doug Christie an email
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It has now drawn a complaint to the Alberta law society:
Roma Community Centre (RCC) of Toronto, Ontario, wishes to file a complaint with Alberta Law Society (ALS) against Ezra Levant. According to the ALS Code of Conduct, “Alberta’s lawyers are expected to conduct themselves and their law practices in ways which are highly ethical and above reproach.” We believe that Mr. Levant demonstrated highly unethical attitudes and behaviour in a recent broadcast of “The Source with Ezra Levant” (Sept. 5th, 2012, at 5 p.m. EDT, Sun News Network). We also feel that for a member of the
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