As a result of the Macleans case that is currently before the BC Human Rights Commission, our government has just launched an independent review on hate messaging on the internet: (I have placed my observations in red).
Canadian Human Rights Commission Launches Independent Review On Hate Messaging on the Internet
(Ottawa, June 17, 2008) – The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has launched a comprehensive policy review of how best to address hate messages on the Internet. Leading constitutional law expert Professor Richard Moon of the University of Windsor will conduct an independent study as an important part of this review. (Think censorship and control)
Speaking today to the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), CHRC Chief Commissioner Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. said, "The current debate on how to balance freedom of expression with the need to protect Canadians from hate messages in the Internet age is an important one. We are confident that this review will provide insight into the issues and move the discourse one step further."(And will result in the HRC controlling what people say so they can further their own agendas.)
Growing public interest and continued advances in technology all point to a need to examine issues surrounding hate on the Internet. The Commission is dedicated to ensuring that the Canadian Human Rights Act remains effective. "Legislation must evolve – when necessary – to respond and reflect changes in society," said Lynch. (Please, please pray hard for the demise of the Human Rights Commissions!)
Professor Moon is a prominent expert on freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and religion, and the structural aspects of constitutional rights protection. He is the author of the seminal book, "The Constitutional Protection of Freedom of Expression". (Never heard of him, but if he is such an expert, then he must understand freedom of speech is a fundamental right).
He will conduct legal and policy research and analysis and make recommendations on the most appropriate mechanisms for addressing hate messages on the Internet, with specific emphasis on section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act and the role of the CHRC. His work will include a review of existing statutory and regulatory mechanisms, an examination of the mandates of human rights commissions and tribunals, and a consideration of Canada’s international human rights obligations. (Section 13 deals with communicating any message that is likely to expose a person to hatred or contempt. There goes Leviticus and reading the Douay Rheims version of the Bible where Jesus calls sinners, “Broods of vipers”).
The review is to begin immediately and Professor Moon is expected to submit his report to the Commission this fall. (And shortly after, all Christian Canadian blogs will be under review for discrimination and hate mongering).
EDIT: Here is an interesting Catholic perspective on the totalitarianism that Canada is reeling towards, through the dangerous abuses of freedom by our own appointed Human Rights Commissions.