Articles Tagged ‘Human Rights Commissions’

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Priest’s lawsuit attempts to silence LifeSiteNews

Priest’s lawsuit attempts to silence LifeSiteNews

Fr. Raymond Gravel   A legal torpedo was launched against online news service LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) on Dec. 21, 2010, following a long period of ongoing friction between Fr. Raymond Gravel (a Catholic priest and one-time Bloc Québecois MP) and LSN. The priest sued LSN, five of its journalists and managers, plus Campagne Québec-Vie (CQV) and its former director, Luc Gagnon. According to the complainant, “the statements of the defendants ... (Continue reading)

C-279 passes

In a 149-137 vote, C-279, a private member’s bill that would add amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and hate crimes law by adding gender identity and gender expression to the specially protected classes of people, passed Parliament on March 20 and will now move to the Senate. In 2011, a previous version of the bill passed the House but died in the Senate when the federal election was called. All NDP, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois members, and Green Party MP Elizabeth ... (Continue reading)

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Canadian ‘bathroom bill’ to be voted on Wednesday

Bill C-279, a private member's bill that would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” to Canada’s Human Rights Act and Criminal Code, will come up for a vote on Wednesday. LifeSiteNews.com has the story, which reports: Critics say that if passed, Bill C-279 will effectively abolish society's understanding of male and female.  The preamble to the bill states: “Gender Identity means, in respect of an individual, the individual’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which ... (Continue reading)

Feds deny Gay Pride funding

After controversy surrounding the federal government’s funding of Toronto Gay Pride festivities, Stephen Harper re-assigned responsibilities for the Marquee Tourism Events Program, which gave $397,500 to the homosexualist organization, to Industry Minister Tony Clement from Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Diane Ablonczy. Pro-family organizations were outraged that the celebration of homosexuality, which often features scantily clad and naked demonstrators as well as simulated sex acts, received taxpayer dollars. This year, Clement announced that the MTEP would not grant ... (Continue reading)

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Gay activist appeals exoneration of Canadian pastor Boissoin

Gay activist appeals exoneration of Canadian pastor Boissoin

The homosexual activist who pursued Alberta pastor Stephen Boissoin on a complaint of discrimination since 2002 has re-launched his campaign, after a December court defeat, by taking his case to the Alberta Court of Appeal. Dr. Darren Lund is appealing the Dec. 4, 2009 Court of Queen’s Bench decision by Justice Earl C. Wilson, who overturned a 2008 ruling against Boissoin by the Alberta Human Rights Commission. The AHRC was dealing with a complaint from ... (Continue reading)

The Animal Farm philosophy of HRCs

Early in the previous century, G.K. Chesterton observed that it is the mark of the modern that “the normative is everywhere and always being subordinated to the non-normative.” In our own age of proliferating “rights,” it is a further mark of the modern that the universal is everywhere and always subordinated to the particular. Until relatively recently, the natural rights upon which all free and just societies were founded had, by definition, to apply to the universality of mankind and ... (Continue reading)

Boissoin urges Christians to push back

Boissoin urges Christians to push back

Stephen Boissoin brought some of the tenacity that goes along with his being a boxer when he travelled to Ontario to speak about his human rights case recently. Ending a self-imposed media and public speaking boycott of some length in time, Boissoin spoke in Grimbsy, Ont., just outside Hamilton, on Oct. 16 at a meeting of ... (Continue reading)

HRC industry is becoming ever more irrelevant

The bizarre saga of Canada’s censorious human rights commissions took another freakish turn in September, when one of its own suddenly declared the very system that employed him “unconstitutional.” Even longtime HRC critic (and victim-turned-victor) Ezra Levant was taken aback. As Levant put it at his blog when the news broke: “Two years ago, Athanasios Hadjis was a human rights hack, sitting on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal full of other hacks. He mindlessly rubber-stamped the censorship litigation oozing from the ... (Continue reading)

Peterborough bishop responds to human rights complaint

The Roman Catholic bishop of Peterborough, Nicola De Angelis, has written a pastoral letter addressing a recent complaint to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, brought against the bishop and 12 local parishioners. In the letter, distributed on Sept. 13, he strongly redressed the OHRT’s encroachment, asserted his authority as bishop of his diocese and the autonomy of the church from state control over internal church matters. This past April, de Angelis directed St. Michael’s pastor, Fr. Allan Hood, to dismiss Jim Corcoran ... (Continue reading)

Free us from the human rights commissions

In a classic 20th-century treatise entitled The Road to Serfdom, Friedrich Hayek observed that the hallmark of a free country is the subordination of ruling authority to the fundamental principles of the rule of law. He explained: “Stripped of all technicalities, this means that government, in all its actions, is bound by rules fixed and announced beforehand -- rules which make it possible to foresee with fair certainty ... (Continue reading)

Across Canada

Montreal, Vancouver pride events denied Marquee cash OTTAWA – The Canadian Press reported that the Marquee Tourism Event Program, which doled out $400,000 to the Toronto Pride parade in June, refused in July to fund similar gay pride events in Montreal and Vancouver. Divers-Cite, the organizing committee in Montreal, had asked for $155,000 to promote their gay pride events and add performers, but were denied their request. CP noted, however, that the same committee received an unreported amount ... (Continue reading)

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Enigma Hudak wins Ontario PC leadership

Enigma Hudak wins Ontario PC leadership

Pro-life MPP Frank Klees finishes strong second The early frontrunner for the Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership ended up winning, but the pro-life evangelical who finished second surprised many both in and out of the party. On the eve of the June 27 announcement at the leadership convention in Markham, one news broadcast said that the convention would crown ... (Continue reading)

Human rights tribunal investigates Ontario bishop

Human rights tribunal investigates Ontario bishop

The Catholic bishop of Peterborough, Ont., Rev. Nicola de Angelis, is facing an investigation by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for barring a homosexual member of his flock from serving on the altar. When 12 members of St. Michael’s parish in Cobourg, Ont. strongly expressed concerns to their bishop about Jim Corcoran, a homosexual altar server ... (Continue reading)

Corporations continue to promote perversion, death

PepsiCo, which owns Pepsi, Frito Lay, Tropicana, Gatorade and Quaker, has been reported to have donated more than $1 million to homosexual groups, while refusing to give money to organizations opposing the homosexual agenda. It's part of a long history of the company's support for homosexual causes, which has attracted a boycott (www.boycottpepsico.com). According to Children of God for Life (www.cogfor life.org), Pharmaceutical giant Merck has decided to produce measles, mumps ... (Continue reading)

Bits n’ Pieces

  Canada Sarnia Transit, the municipal bus service in the Ontario border town, banned a LifeCanada ad that read, "9 months: The length of time an abortion is allowed in Canada." A female high school student complained that the city seemed to be endorsing the pro-life position and so the advertisements were removed from six city buses. The city is now considering overhauling bus advertising rules completely, with Sarnia mayor Mike Bradley saying future complaints might be forwarded to the ... (Continue reading)

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