By Ezra Levant
Winner of the Writer's belief of Canada / Samara's - most sensible Canadian Political e-book of the final 25 Years
Part memoir, half investigative journalism, this can be a stunning and arguable examine the corruption of Canada’s human rights commissions.
“On January eleven, 2008, i used to be summoned to a 90-minute govt interrogation. My crime? because the writer of Western regular magazine, I had reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to demonstrate a information tale. i used to be charged with the offence of “discrimination,” and made to seem sooner than Alberta’s “human rights fee” for wondering. As loopy because it sounds, I grew to become the single individual on the planet to stand criminal sanction for printing these cartoons.”
As due to the this hugely publicized occasion, Ezra Levant begun investigating different situations within which blameless humans have had their freedoms compromised via bureaucrats presuming to guard Canadians’ human rights. He stumbled on a few nerve-racking or even weird and wonderful circumstances, reminiscent of the tribunal ruling that an worker at a McDonald’ s eating place in Vancouver didn't have to scrub her fingers at paintings. And the human rights criticism filed via a Calgary hair stylist opposed to the ladies at a salon university who known as him a “loser.” In one other case that appeared stranger than fiction, an emotionally volatile transvestite fought for — and gained — the appropriate to information woman rape sufferers, regardless of the anguished pleas of these similar traumatized sufferers. Human rights commissions now visual display unit political beliefs, nice humans for expressing politically improper viewpoints, censor web content, or even ban humans, completely, from announcing sure issues.
The booklet is as a result Levant’s ordeal and the learn it encouraged. It indicates how our notion of human rights has morphed into whatever harmful and enormously diversified from its unique which means. Shakedown is a resounding plea to Canadians to reclaim their simple liberties.
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The firearms teacher was once correct: Tahmourpour was once a loser. yet Karen Jensen of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal made him a winner – she ordered the RCMP to pay Tahmourpour $500,000 for his misplaced occupation; $9,000 for “pain and suffering”; $12,000 as the racism he confronted used to be “reckless”; and, simply to rub it in, $9,500 for Tahmourpour's wasted genuine property path. Then Jensen went additional: she ordered Tahmourpour, now thirty-five, to be admitted to the following type of cadets. and she or he ordered the RCMP to “prevent the discrimination… from happening back. ” She did not define the main points of the way that should be effected. fairly, she ordered the RCMP and Tahmourpour to “reach an contract” on imposing her obscure order, with a caution that if the RCMP did not come to phrases with Tahmourpour on “systemic” alterations, she'd get back and strength an answer upon them. it is challenging to grasp what phrases to take advantage of to explain what occurred to the RCMP. might be a legal metaphor is so much apt: they have been mugged. What do you name a method that weighs to a nicety the measure of swearing and shouting that's legally permissible throughout the education of police at a firing variety? What message have we despatched to the opposite cadets who failed – and to those that labored difficult and had the nature and talent to be successful – whilst a person so evidently ill-equipped for all times as a Mountie is foisted upon that weary association by means of fiat? Human rights commissions do not simply cross after the massive fish – multinationals corresponding to McDonald's or executive firms similar to the RCMP, which could have the funds for long criminal fights and six-figure fines. these are the situations we listen approximately, simply because respondents with deep wallet be ready to struggle again. yet so much human rights proceedings – greater than ninety in line with cent – by no means make it to a listening to, as the ambitions cave in below the price of protecting themselves, let alone the tension. that is precisely what occurred to Ted Kindos, the owner of Gator Ted's, a pub in Burlington, Ontario. Kindos is a customary small entrepreneur: He is familiar with much approximately working his company, yet he does not have loads of overtime or funds to struggle busy-body govt corporations. That makes him a sitting duck for a human rights criticism. 20 years in the past, a guy named Steve Gibson suffered a neck damage that, he claims, left him with a long term incapacity – a he medicates with marijuana. Gibson likes spending his ample loose time at Gator Ted's, and he loves to smoke his marijuana there, correct within the doorway, for the opposite shoppers to get pleasure from on a second-hand foundation – or now not. almost always now not. Gator Ted's different clients say that Gibson does not simply smoke his marijuana – he flaunts it. He additionally indicates off his government-issued “licence to smoke” for all to determine. the way in which they inform it, Gibson is not only quietly undertaking self-medication. he is placing on a exhibit, forcing every person to monitor him and scent his smoke. Even marijuana activists resembling Marc Emery, Canada's self-described “prince of pot,” imagine Gibson is just displaying undesirable manners.