BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Modest Proposal: A Trudeau Government Should Restore Section 13 Of The Canadian Human Rights Act

That’s the hate speech provision, which I’ve written about it at numerous occasions in the past.  The CPC ditched it after a years long smear campaign engineered by white supremacists, Ezra Levant, various scribblers in the press, and a few easily gulled artsy farts.  But the point is–and this should be obvious when you considered the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: New Tory Hate Speech Laws? Richard Warman On Government’s New Anti-Terror Initiatives

So I read this this morning: OTTAWA — The Conservatives are understood to be considering new legislation that would make it an offence to condone terrorist acts online. There is frustration in government, and among law enforcement agencies, that the authorities can’t detain or arrest people who express sympathy for atrocities committed overseas and who ...

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: Bill C-304: The Final Battle?

LeBreton confirms #SenCA will sit into July if necessary to pass bills on order paper, including C-377. #cdnpoIi— Jordan Press (@jordan_press) June 18, 2013 The other bill they want to pass is C-304, which would strip section 13 (the hate speech clause) from the Canadian Human Rights Act.  When Senate Leader Marjory LeBreton first suggested ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Marc Lemire Throws In The Towel

From Richard Warman’s site: It was only a matter of time after the Supreme Court unanimously upheld civil law controls on hate speech as constitutional in the Whatcott case, but Marc Lemire has finally admitted that his parallel attack on the Canadian Human Rights Act prohibition on Internet hate-speech (s. 13) has been gutted (‘please ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Law Repealing Hate Speech Provision Stuck in Senate

This story tallies with what I’ve been hearing.  A number of senate Tories aren’t down with the repeal of S-13,  the hate speech provision in Canada’s Human Rights Act.  After 2nd reading, it may disappear for months in committee.  It may never re-emerge.   Just maybe the notion that “limitations on expression should be subject to the built-in protections ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Senator Jim Munson On The Repeal CHRA Hate Speech Provisions

Thanks to our colleague Senator Nancy Ruth, many of us have also been made aware of a dangerous discrepancy between those groups protected against discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act and those groups protected under the Criminal Code. Under the Criminal Code, the prohibited groups include only those distinguished by race, religion or ethnic ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Arthur Topham Update

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 ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Warman On Tremaine

Yesterday, the a Saskatchewan court threw out hate crime charges against National Socialist Party of Canada leader Terry Tremaine because his case took too long to get to trial. Richard Warman, who was instrumental in bringing the charges against Tremaine, commented as follows this morning on his website: Is criminal law the answer to hate propaganda? The ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Section 13 (Hate Speech Provision) Of Canadian Human Rights Act Is Repealed

That’s not surprising.  Interesting, though, in how Storseth chose to frame the repeal (in part at least) as a “tough on crime” measure: Acts of hate speech are serious crimes that should be investigated by police officers, not civil servants, he said, and the cases should be handled by “real judges and real lawyers,” instead ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Arthur Topham Update

From Doug Christie’s newsletter. Updated from here.  319(2) is, of course, one of the Criminal Code hate speech provisions.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bill C-304 Up For Debate?

According to this site, Storseth’s private member’s bill to repeal Section 13 (the hate-speech provision) of the Canadian Human Rights Act was debated again in the HOC yesterday.  Not a single other mention of it in the MSM that I can find.  The gov. and press are sure keeping this on the down-low. I suspect because they ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The World Post Section 13

I have confirmed from several sources that this story is basically correct.  Arthur Topham, publisher of The Radical Press, was indeed recently arrested for hate crimes, for among other things publishing material like The Biological Jew and The Protocols of  The Elders of Zion on his website.  So post section 13–assuming parliament finally passes Brian Storseth’s ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bernie Farber At The Kickoff To Ontario Jewish Heritage Month

I was lucky enough to attend the kickoff to Ontario’s first Jewish Heritage Month at Beth Torah Synagogue on Monday evening.  Highlights included a choir, the name of which I forget now but they were terrific, Susan Jackman’s spirited and funny account of Jewish immigration into T.O., and of course Bernie’s speech re the Jewish contribution ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Will Replace Section 13 Of The Canadian Human Rights Act

Rob Nicholson responds to my email.  Comments below: Correspondence from the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada‏ Thank you for your correspondence concerning the Government’s proposed amendments to strengthen the hate crimes provisions of the Criminal Code. I regret the delay in responding. As you are aware, on September 30, 2011, Conservative Member ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Section 13 2nd Reading Vote

Went along party lines but for Lib Scott Sims breaking ranks, the prick.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Bill C-304 Up Next Week

That’s the one that repeals Section 13, the hate-speech provision in the Canadian Human Rights Act.  A vote will be held next day. And still sign of the Tory’s plan to beef up the criminal code’s hate speech provisions to replace S.13. Source

BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA Head On Section 13

Looks like Shimon Fogel has plumped for a repeal: Shimon Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, said that he believed that “there has been an acknowledgement that changes to the Criminal Code would be necessary in addition to passage of the (private member’s ) bill.” While Fogel said he supports repealing ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Section 13 Swan Song?

 The story of Cran Campbell, who is on a mission to keep hate-speech off Craigslist: After sending a complaint to the CHRC in the fall, Campbell received a response this month. In a letter dated Jan. 12, early resolution advisor Jamie Masters said the CHRC will send a letter to Craigslist advising that some of the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Free Speech Throwdown: Warman Vs. Des Rosiers

I attended the Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech in Canada debate held by CIJA last night, pitting Richard Warman against Nathalie Des Rosiers of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.  I intended to live-blog the event with my new, incredibly sexxxy Acer Iconia, but the place didn’t have wifi, so these remarks are just off the ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Farber And Kurz On Section 13

Opponents of Section 13 argue that it is an assault on free speech. They claim that it targets speech that may merely offend those with thin skins. If the target of the law were merely “offensive” statements, we would wholeheartedly agree. But this is not the case. The law aims at expression that causes members ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: My Day Among The Nazis

So yesterday I went off to visit room 4D at 180 Queen West for the denouement of Warman Vs. Lemire.  I wound up sitting two seats over from Lemire, who once threatened to sue me, and right in front of the Fourniers, who once tried to get me fired.  The guy who’s threatened to kill me ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: CIJA Goes Soft On Section 13!

Asked if the Jewish community would benefit from the retention of Section 13, [CIJA CEO Shimon] Fogel stated: “What was intended as a shield against hate has become a sword. Certainly in its day, it was helpful in confronting the challenges related to the likes of [Holocaust denier] Ernst Zundel… What it has really done ...

Scott's DiaTribes: You guys have a majority.. why hide behind a Private Members Bill?

That’s my only real question of this particular reversal/manoeuvre on Section 13 regarding hate speech and the Human Rights Tribunal. I’m not at all surprised they’re doing this, even if they didn’t campaign on it, nor am I surprised that they’ve reversed course on supporting it, now that they have a majority. My question is, ...