Thursday, June 26, 2008

Update on Maclean's CHRC Battle

The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has dismissed the complaint brought against Maclean's magazine by the Canadian Islamic Congress. Great, except that defending themselves cost Maclean's hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the Human Rights Act still makes provision for penalizing so-called "hate speech" - How do poor people defend themselves when hauled before one of these commissions or tribunals?

P.S. Note that this was the CHRC that dismissed the case, as did the OHRC (Ontario Humans Right Commission), although the OHRC expressed a lengthy opinion even while dismissing the claim. We're still waiting to hear from the BCHRC (British Columbia Human Rights Commission).

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