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  • Ezra Levant learns about “freedom of speech” in Canada [They don't have the First Amendment]

    11/29/2014 5:33:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/29/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Oh, Canada. Our neighbor to the north has tremendous appeal for many people. Conservatives love their vast energy resources, hunting, outdoor sports opportunities and – until recently – the fabulous comedy show of the Toronto mayor’s office. Liberals adore their socialized healthcare system, Justin Bieber and the fact that George W. Bush was never president there. But in case you were thinking of moving to the Great White North you should keep in mind that even for all of its wonderful features, Canada does not have any sort of assured freedom of speech. This is a lesson that Canadian...
  • Obama gives Canada cold shoulder

    04/21/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care. He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela. Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House's bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president. Get used to...
  • Canada in landmark move to strike out "hate speech" law

    06/29/2013 8:35:47 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    The Commentator ^ | 29June2013 | The Commentator
    Free speech advocates are hailing a move by the Canadian Senate this week to abolish a highly controversial section of Canada's Human Rights Act which, critics say, has been used to stifle the opinions of right-leaning journalists such as Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant. The Sun Media Corporation, Canada's leading newspaper publisher, said: "Section 13 ostensibly banned hate speech on the Internet and left it up to the quasi-judicial human rights commission to determine what qualified as "hate speech." But, unlike a court, there was no presumption of innocence of those accused of hate speech by the commission. Instead, those...
  • Bow to Islam

    04/20/2013 3:55:15 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    QMI Agency ^ | April 20, 2013 | Ezra Levant
    “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.” That was the headline on a column of the popular liberal website, Salon, last week. The author, David Sirota, said when a white guy commits odious crimes, “white male privilege means white men are not collectively denigrated.” Even as I read that, I realized there is some truth to it, for Sirota himself is a white male and I do not hold other white men responsible for his sick and warped comments. It’s not Sirota’s maleness or whiteness I blame for his stupidity. It’s his liberalness. Oh, there was a...
  • Breakthrough: Canadian government backs repeal of ‘hate speech’ clause

    11/18/2011 12:54:35 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11-18-11 | Patrick B. Craine
    OTTAWA, Ontario, November 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canada’s federal government has officially backed a private members bill seeking to repeal a controversial ‘hate speech’ provision that has been used to prosecute Christians and other conservatives for years. In response to a question on Wednesday by Conservative MP Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul, AB), who introduced the bill to repeal section 13 of the Canada Human Rights Act on September 30, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson signaled what is likely the clause’s death knell. The ruling Conservatives have a sizeable majority in both houses and the bill is also expected to draw some...
  • Comedian, Vancouver restaurant ordered to pay for insults against lesbian

    04/21/2011 9:40:22 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 67 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | April 21, 2011 | Tiffany Crawford
    Comedian, Vancouver restaurant ordered to pay for insults against lesbian Restaurant owner Salam Ishmail has been ordered to pay woman $7,500 By Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun April 21, 2011 The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on Thursday ordered a Toronto comedian and a Vancouver restaurant owner to pay a Vancouver woman $22,000 for hurling a torrent of sexual insults at her and her same-sex partner during a comedy show three years ago.
  • Canada's human rights industry shows its bigoted soul

    11/08/2010 10:20:34 PM PST · by spyone · 7 replies
    Ezralevant.com ^ | November 8, 2010 | Ezra Levant
    My new Sun column: The Alberta Human Rights Commission is at it again. The latest embarrassment from this out-of-control government agency is their gift of tax dollars to a group called “Racism Free Edmonton.” It’s an ironic name, because the world view of Racism Free Edmonton is racist itself. The Alberta Human Rights Commission is a specialist at the Orwellian perversion of language. Their counterfeit “right not to be offended” has meant the infringement of real rights, like freedom of speech. What is Racism Free Edmonton’s advice for stopping racism? You must “acknowledge your white privilege.” They say white Canadians...
  • Ezra Levant Tribute Dinner, featuring Mark Steyn. (Reception and Dinner report.)

    10/31/2010 2:27:38 PM PDT · by fanfan · 50 replies · 2+ views
    October 31, 2010 | fanfan
    <p>On Saturday, October 30th, the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies hosted a Tribute Dinner for Ezra Levant, with Mark steyn as a featured guest.</p> <p>Ezra Levant was the publisher of the Weekly Standard who was brought before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for daring to publish the "mohammed" cartoons in a story discussing the "mohammed" cartoons.</p>
  • Two fascinating years in the battle for freedom

    12/30/2009 3:36:30 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 550+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2009-12-29 | Ezra Levant
    I've been fighting against Canada's censorious and corrupt human rights commissions for nearly four years now; it was in February of 2006 that the print edition of the Western Standard, may it rest in peace, reprinted the Danish cartoons of Mohammed to illustrate a news story. The "human rights" nuisance suits against the magazine, and me as its publisher, began immediately after that. But it wasn't until December of 2007, when Maclean's magazine got swiped by the jihadists at the Canadian Islamic Congress, and January of 2008, with my own interrogation at the hands of Alberta's HRC, that I came...
  • Hate laws backfire on Jews, author says

    10/31/2009 2:17:37 AM PDT · by Clive · 20 replies · 1,087+ views
    Canadian Jewish News ^ | 2009-10-29 | David Lazarus
    MONTREAL — The federal anti-hate law that “official Jews” lobbied for and got passed has, 32 years later, backfired, sowing the seeds for political correctness, media chill and censorship that have undermined the values that define the Jewish People, says Alberta lawyer, author and activist Ezra Levant. Levant, who is Jewish, made the assertion in an Oct. 21 talk to a small audience at Beth Israel Beth Aaron Congregation about his 900-day saga of being prosecuted by the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission for reprinting controversial Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in his now defunct magazine, the...
  • An internet success story: Shakedown by Ezra Levant

    07/28/2009 5:01:03 AM PDT · by mattstat · 2 replies · 445+ views
    Evil exists—evil people, I mean. Take Barbara Hall. She’s “Chief Commissioner” of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (HRC). That’s a place where someone can go and tattle on his fellow Canadians when he feels his “human rights” have been violated. The beautiful thing is, he gets to decide what those rights are and how they have been violated. No complaint is too frivolous! And there cannot be too many of them. In fact, Hall doesn’t think enough Canadians are ratting each other out because she wants the number of complaints to “spike”: she desires to boldly seek out “known and...
  • Casual Viewin': Summer Must-Reads

    06/18/2009 1:14:53 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 392+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 18, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    While the common beach bum and summer cottage rug rat often turn to trashy romance novels while soaking in the dog day hours, some of us need something a bit more stimulating and interesting to keep our attention. We want our cover guy to be Fred Thompson, not Fabio. Therefore, here’s The Moderate Separatist’s Must-Read List:
  • Debate Lynched!

    06/13/2009 5:28:24 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 422+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | June 13, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    'Shakedown' author Ezra Levant Canadian Human Rights Commissar Jennifer "I Love to" Lynch (Pic)
  • Price of freedom is eternal vigilance

    05/05/2009 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Clive · 13 replies · 924+ views
    Metro Canada via Metro News Ottawa ^ | 2009-05-01 | Ezra Levant
    Three years ago I was the publisher of a magazine that printed pictures of some Danish cartoons of Muhammad. They were newsworthy because those cartoons sparked riots in the Muslim world that killed more than 100 people. We wanted to show our readers what all the fuss was about. But by doing so, I was charged by the government of Alberta with “hate speech,” and prosecuted for 900 days by 15 government lawyers and bureaucrats at Alberta’s human rights commission (HRC). I was finally acquitted, but not before spending $100,000 in legal fees. Funny: I thought freedom of speech, freedom...
  • Shakedown - A Must-Read

    04/07/2009 2:51:14 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 2 replies · 426+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 7, 2009 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    While Shakedown is most certainly a cautionary tale that will educate unsuspecting Canadians of the ever-present threat to their freedom of speech, it should be required reading for Americans who see their liberty and freedom under attack from the forces of political-correctness, and to an increasing degree, the current Obama administration and their policy of appeasement.
  • (Ezra Levant) Michael Ignatieff's aide tries to silence me with a lawsuit

    12/11/2008 3:10:48 AM PST · by Clive · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-12-11 | Ezra Levant
    Michael Ignatieff’s campaign aide, Warren Kinsella, is threatening to sue me for writing about his involvement in Adscam. You can see a copy of his libel notice here. Justice John Gomery, who chaired the Judicial Inquiry into that scandal, named Kinsella more than a dozen times in his report. You can read the whole thing here – or just search for the word “Kinsella” to get to the point. On page 160 of the report, in a chapter called “Who is responsible?” Justice Gomery noted that Kinsella, then chief of staff to Public Works Minister David Dingwall, tried to steer...
  • Ezra Levant: CHRC sets out to bury the Moon report (End of Canada's "Human Rights Commission?"

    11/25/2008 8:59:34 AM PST · by mojito · 6 replies · 427+ views
    National Post ^ | 11/24/2008 | Ezra Levant
    The scandal-plagued Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has had a rough year — and it just got rougher. On Monday, Richard Moon, a University of Windsor law professor, released his report on the CHRC’s troubling penchant for Internet censorship. Moon had been hand-picked by the CHRC to review its conduct, so the whole arrangement had at first looked pretty cozy. In the past, Moon had written favourably about government limits on free speech. That, plus a large payment for his brief report, made Moon’s review look like a PR stunt, especially since the CHRC simultaneously hired the pricey lobby firm...
  • CHRC and Ezra Levant

    09/01/2008 4:14:23 PM PDT · by mckenzie7 · 4 replies · 161+ views
    Ezra Levant blog ^ | Aug 28, 2008 | Ezra Levant
    August 28, 2008 Natalie Dagenais Canadian “Human Rights” Commission 344 Slater Street Ottawa, ON K1A 1E1 Dear Natalie, Re: Rob Wells v. Ezra Levant I received your letter dated August 8, 2008. At first I wasn’t sure it was yours, because you didn’t write your name on it, and your signature was illegible. I can understand your shyness. It has become an embarrassment to publicly admit to being a “human rights investigator” in Canada, because Canadians have caught on to what you really do: you don’t actually protect human rights, you violate them. At least you didn’t sign it as...
  • Muslim radicals threaten to appeal my dismissal (Human Rights Commission and Ezra Levant)

    08/08/2008 6:47:58 AM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 154+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-08-07 | Ezra Levant
    Muslim radicals threaten to appeal my dismissalBy Ezra Levant on August 7, 2008 9:15 PMI haven't seen any public report about it yet, but a journalist at CTV told me that the radical Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities, part of the Saudi values coalition that hauled me to the Alberta Human Rights Commission, has threatened to appeal my acquittal on "hate speech" charges for publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in 2006. I think it's probably just tough talk on their part -- it reminds me of an Arab friend of mine who told me that, as a conscript in...
  • Magazine publisher Levant wins Danish cartoon dispute [a Pyrrhic victory]

    08/07/2008 4:01:55 AM PDT · by Clive · 8 replies · 248+ views
    National Pos ^ | 2008-08-07 | Joseph Brean
    After a year-long investigation, the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission has rejected a complaint by the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities against former Western Standard publisher Ezra Levant over his republication of the Danish Muhammad cartoons. The allegation that the February 14, 2006, issue of the now defunct magazine was likely to expose Muslims to hatred helped to spark a national debate about human rights law and free speech, and its rejection comes after similar complaints of Islamophobia against Maclean's magazine also failed. ... "I was let go because I'm in the media every day. I've been down to...