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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Intellectual freedom in Canada: In case you wondered what was happening, on Canada Day

From Franklin Carter at the Book and Periodical Council's Freedom of Expression Committee:

Here is a bit of the roundup of news stories about free expression and the law in Canada. Ponder them on Canada Day.


A Toronto man who posted messages on the Internet supporting terrorist attacks in Canada and the deportation of Jews will not face criminal charges, police said.

Stewart Bell of the National Post :

In a lengthy article, Joseph Brean of the National Post explores the application of anti-hate-speech provisions in the Criminal Code:

[This incident beautifully demonstrates what is wrong with the "human rights" and "hate crimes" system. Were Canada a society under threat, some of this might be understandable, even expected, though we would critique specific decisions. But that's not the case. "Human rights" and "hate crimes" bodies act opportunistically, usually against Christians, "white" men, business owners, et cetera, and anyone else who has been portrayed as bad in pop culture media.

Because they do not operate according to the traditional rules of law.

Therefore others can get away with hatred and threats.

So the target is not protected! The only thing the agencies are now certainly protecting is themselves. Goodness knows, they have reason to believe their butts are vulnerable, but the solution is just to get rid of them. ]

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