Fundamental Freedoms

05 Jun 2008 CALGARY CITY POLICE SEIZE BIBLES: REPEATED ABUSES BY POLICE AND BI-LAW OFFICERS WASTE TAX DOLLARS

For Immediate Release - Sunday, June 2, 2008 - Concerned Christians Canada (www.concernedchristians.ca) (Calgary) This week at City Hall another unprecedented show of police force for a peaceful gathering was demonstrated when twenty officers, police and bi-law, stormed a peaceful vigil on Tuesday, May 27, 2008. Officers confiscated Bibles, Christian books, and pictures of Calgary's homeless, as well as photos that were displayed to demonstrate parallels between the authoritarian tyranny the Jews underwent, in World War II, and the systematic stripping of rights occurring in Calgary and in other parts of Canada, today.
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05 Jun 2008 Afternoon at the BC Human Rights Tribunal

Mark Penninga - ARPA Canada - June 4, 2008The third day of the hearings for Mark Steyn and Maclean's magazine wrapped up today in Vancouver and I was able to catch some of the show. The case is a result of a complaint by the Canadian Islamic Congress that Steyn's book America Alone (pictured on the right) and a Maclean's magazine article, which came from the book, are "anti-Muslim". Instead of giving a run-down of what was said (check out Andrew Coyne's blog for that) I thought I would give a brief analysis from an inexperienced onlooker's perspective. The court room was quite small - with the three member panel of the BC Human Rights Commission in the front (Heather MacNaughton is the Chair), the lawyers from both sides in front of them, and then about twenty people in the audience. Mark Steyn himself showed up shortly after I did. He hasn't spoken before the tribunal yet, and it doesn't look like he will. In fact, the Maclean's side has not put forward any expert witnesses in their defence yet, possibly as a protest against the ridiculous nature of the the tribunal itself.
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04 Jun 2008 Mark Steyn Human Rights Tribunal “Show Trial” Opens in Vancouver

Ezra Levant says, this isn't a real court. This is a kangaroo court, with three leftist activists as panellists"By Hilary White VANCOUVER, June 3, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal has had its first day of hearings in the case being brought against syndicated columnist and author Mark Steyn, and Maclean's Magazine that published an excerpt from his book, "America Alone". The lawyer for the complainants, Faisal Joseph, opened his statements yesterday saying that the article, "The future belongs to Islam," published by MacLean's in October 2006, depicted Muslims as "a violent people" who hold traditional Canadian values "in contempt". Their religion he said, was portrayed as "inhuman" and "violent".
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31 May 2008 Government to launch inquiry into CHRC “investigative techniques”, section 13

Ezra Levant - May 30, 2008 The Conservative government has introduced a motion to Parliament's Justice Committee proposing an investigation into the abusive, corrupt practises of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The motion specifically refers to public "concerns" about the CHRC's "investigative techniques" and their "interpretation and application" of the section 13 thought crimes provision.The resolution, which you can read here in both official languages, was put forward by Rick Dykstra [pictured at right], the Conservative MP from St. Catharines, Ontario, with the knowledge and approval of the Justice...

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21 May 2008 RCMP launches investigation into CHRC tactics

By Ezra Levant on May 20, 2008 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have begun an investigation into alleged criminal conduct by members of the Canadian Human Rights Commission. The conduct in question was revealed at an extraordinary hearing on March 25th, a hearing the CHRC desperately tried to keep closed to the press. An officer of Bell Canada, appearing under a subpoena, testified that the CHRC had hacked into a private citizen's Internet account, to cover their electronic tracks as...

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16 May 2008 Human Rights Complaint Forces College to Permit Pro-Life Group Official Club Status

VANCOUVER, May 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) –The Capilano College Heartbeat Club and the Capilano Students Union (CSU) have reached an agreement that will see the pro-life Heartbeat Club achieve CSU club recognition, pending they submit an application in the fall. The parties released a joint statement shortly after the agreement had been made: "The Heartbeat Club filed a Human Rights complaint against the Capilano Students' Union. The Club and the CSU have entered into a settlement agreement which is confidential. The parties agree that there is no admission of liability by the CSU and that the Heartbeat Club will be entitled to CSU club status if they apply."
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08 May 2008 UPDATE: Christian Horizons Appeals Part of HRC Ruling

ARPA Canada [www.arpacanada.ca] Christian Horizons, an organization that provides homes for the disabled in Ontario, has decided to appeal part of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (HRC) ruling against them. Christian Horizons had to face the tribunal because of a complaint from Connie Heintz, a former employee, who had resigned from her job after she was informed that her decision to enter into a homosexual relationship was contrary to the terms of the contract that she had signed. She, along with all employees, had signed a contract which forbids extra-marital affairs, pre-marital sex, homosexual relationships, and endorsing alcohol, among other things.
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07 May 2008 Minister warns of ‘illiberal’ attacks on free speech

Kevin Libin, National Post Published: Friday, May 02, 2008CALGARY -- The federal minister in charge of Canada's multiculturalism file cautioned an anti-racism conference Friday against exploiting the power of human rights commissions to silence offensive speech.Addressing the annual gathering of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) in Calgary, Jason Kenney, a Cabinet member and Secretary of State for...

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28 Apr 2008 Report on Human Rights Commissions

By Will Gortemaker On February 15, 2006, a complaint was filed with the Alberta Human Rights Commission against Western Standard magazine. The complainant, the leader of a Muslim mosque, alleged that Western Standard's decision to publish the Danish cartoons of Mohammed, exposed him and his family to hate, discrimination and violence. Ezra Levant, the publisher of the magazine, was called to appear before an investigator. As Levant, a lawyer by trade, prepared for the investigation, he realized that something was terribly wrong. Original Intent of Human Rights Commissions...

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