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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...
  • Punished first, acquitted late (Alberta Human Rights Commission and Ezra Levant)

    08/06/2008 2:34:51 PM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 188+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-08-06 | Ezra Levant
    My lawyers have just received a copy of a letter from the Alberta Human Rights Commission dismissing the complaint of “discrimination” filed against me by the radical Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities. They had complained that by publishing the Danish cartoons of Mohammed in the Western Standard in February 2006, I had engaged in an illegal act. Their complaint was identical to the one filed earlier by an anti-Semitic imam named a href=http://ezralevant.com/2008/01/inside-syed-soharwardys-mosque.html>Syed Soharwardy. Soharwardy abandoned his complaint this spring. You can see Soharwardy’s complaint here; it named both me and the magazine. The Edmonton complaint named just the...
  • Ezra Levant: Is turn-around fair game?

    08/03/2008 10:31:11 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 115+ views
    Ezra Levant ^ | 2008-08-02 | Ezra Levant
    Dean Skoreyko has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal against Kenneth Hotz and Showcase TV for their televised stunt of flying a plane past Toronto pulling a giant banner reading "Jesus sucks", pictured at left. The stunt was part of a television contest to see who could be the most offensive. Hotz claims he originally wanted to have a banner saying "Heil Hitler" or "Guys are stupid", but the airplane banner company refused, saying those messages were too offensive. Apparently "Jesus sucks" isn't. The whole joke rather imploded on itself. It wasn't funny, but it wasn't even...
  • When all else fails, change the subject (the latest on free speech in Canada)

    08/02/2008 9:51:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 10 replies · 174+ views
    ezralevant.com ^ | August 1, 2008 | Ezra Levant
    I think the battle for freedom of speech is going pretty well, even though it's summertime. Human rights commissions are being ridiculed on an almost daily basis in the media; their coalition is starting to fracture under the stress, as evidenced by the defection of the B'nai Brith; and the "lawfare" being waged against me and other critics of the HRCs hasn't worked, largely because of the broad public support expressed through the Internet (thank you, again). As the Canadian Human Rights Commission's stunned chief commissioner, Jennifer Lynch, admitted in June, her industry just didn't expect the "velocity" of criticism...
  • Mohammed, PBUH, TM (I think another lawsuit is coming my way....Ezra Levant)

    06/12/2008 5:17:08 PM PDT · by fanfan · 9 replies · 122+ views
    Ezra Levant . Com ^ | June 12, 2008 1:23 PM | Ezra Levant
    I think another lawsuit is coming my way. Today, my lawyer received this letter from a radical Muslim activist in Toronto. It's a Certificate of Registration of Copyright. He claims to have copyrighted the image of Mohammed, PBUH. In other words, it's now Mohammed, PBUH, TM. I checked it out on Industry Canada's copyright database and, sure enough, there it is: two weeks ago, Akhtar "Hector" Agha has indeed registered a "Restriction on Depiction of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)". It's right there on the government website. I'm not sure, but I think "Hector" might be looking for a royalties payment for...
  • Iowahawk: Canadian Radio Classics: Warman of the Mounted

    06/03/2008 10:56:35 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies · 247+ views
    Iowahawk | June 2, 2008 | David Burge
    Announcer From the Maritimes to the Yukon, the Great White North was once a lawless land where cruel and offensive opinions roamed free - until one man stood up and brought them to justice. One mighty masked man, clad in the scarlet breechcoat of the Royal Canadian Mounted Human Rights Police, astride a golden disabled lesbian steed, with his faithful transgender Indian scout at his side. Together they rode from Yellowknife to St. John's, keeping Canadians safe from the spectre of multicultural insensitivity. The Canadian Broadcast Corporation invites you to return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear...
  • Steyn the Infidel

    05/08/2008 4:24:41 PM PDT · by fanfan · 17 replies · 162+ views
    Ezra Levant.com ^ | May 7, 2008 | Ezra Levant
    My old friend Winston attended Mark Steyn's book signing at Toronto's flagship Indigo bookstore, where Steyn was interviewed by Indigo president Heather Reisman. I had to click on Winston's photos to see what Steyn was wearing on his head: a bright orange "Infidel" ballcap. No word on whether that was a gift from the Canadian Islamic Congress sock puppets last night. I wasn't there, and I've seen no other reports on the subject, so I'll simply quote Winston's report without comment (and I'll quote his Farsi, just to be exotic!): He was interviewed by... Reisman and it was as if...
  • Doubleplusidiot

    04/13/2008 1:36:15 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 81+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | April 13, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The attack on freedom of speech courtesy of Richard (I was picked on as a kid) Warman and his partner in crime, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, has drawn opposition from all sides of the political spectrum with pundits on the left and the right condemning the taxpayer-funded lawsuit (read: witchhunt) against Canadian conservative writers....
  • Canadian blogosphere under attack

    04/09/2008 11:29:28 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 24 replies · 121+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 4/9/08 | Ed Morrissey
    After publisher Ezra Levant finally prevailed against a bogus complaint about “hate speech” for expressing his views about radical Islam at Canada’s Human Rights Commission, he expected the battle to continue in civil courts. Sure enough, he got sued by Richard Warman, a CHRC investigator — who included a number of Canada’s conservative bloggers. Ezra: Today I was sued by Richard Warman, Canada’s most prolific – and profitable – user of section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. As readers of this site know, Warman isn’t just a happy customer of section 13 and its 100% conviction rate, he’s...
  • Canada is a lucky nation to have men like this (email from a soldier)

    02/26/2008 8:46:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies · 250+ views
    EzraLevant ^ | February 26, 2008 | EzraLevant
    Canada is a lucky nation to have men like this By Ezra Levant February 26, 2008 I sometimes get e-mails from Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan, who are always thoughtful about the larger purpose of their mission. It's clear to me that they think and talk a lot about the moral importance of their mission. I believe they are true idealists. Of course they are: in a time of war, with a near-certainty of deployment to the front lines, it takes a very special and selfless person to volunteer to join the army. If my correspondents are any indication, our...
  • Watch One Man Take on the Pro-Islamic Thought Police: (Videos of Ezra Levant’s )

    02/13/2008 9:18:47 AM PST · by restornu · 7 replies · 114+ views
    You Tube ^ | Jan 2008 | Ezra Levant
    WATCH ONE MAN TAKE ON THE PRO-ISLAMIC THOUGHT POLICE Videos 1 - 9 of 9   EzraILevant's Videos All Videos | Most Viewed | Most Discussed   Details of the complaint03:23 Added: 3 weeks agoViews: 15,517 155 ratings Closing argument04:40 Added: 4 weeks agoViews: 27,912 287 ratings How does the commission mak...03:34 Added: 1 month agoViews: 21,458 218 ratings Attributes of free speech05:48 Added: 1 month agoViews: 33,857 397 ratings Entitled to my opinion?00:38 Added: 1 month agoViews: 31,218 224 ratings I don't answer to the state02:32 Added: 1 month agoViews: 98,225 536 ratings The real violence in Edmonton03:20 Added:...
  • Repeat, offender (Islamic fanatics, freedom of speech and Canadian Human Rights Rommissions)

    01/19/2008 3:46:24 PM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 529+ views
    Toronto Sun via Sun Media ^ | 2008-01-19 | Michael Coren
    Much has now been written about Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the now defunct Western Standard, and his decision two years ago to publish a set of cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. For those who prefer to forget, they were the Danish caricatures of the founder of Islam, implying a connection between Muslim fanaticism and terrorist violence. In response to the appearance of the said pictures and their claim that Islamic extremism led to violence, Islamic extremists killed people, promised to decapitate their opponents and firebombed churches and embassies. Not all Muslims behaved or thought thus. But anyone...
  • I don't answer to the state [Canada "Human Rights" Commission in action]

    01/12/2008 10:50:23 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 19 replies · 164+ views
    Click on link for youtube videos of Canadian "Human Rights" Commission interrogating publisher for publishing the Danish Mohammed cartoons. A sickening display of how freedom of speech is being eliminated in the West.
  • Conservative who published Prophet cartoons faces rights commission

    01/12/2008 2:58:55 PM PST · by fanfan · 42 replies · 280+ views
    Canada.com ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Staff
    CALGARY - Thursday, Jan. 10/08. Outspoken conservative commentator Ezra Levant will be before the Alberta Human Rights Commission Friday defending his former magazine's 2006 publication of a series of Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Members of Calgary's Muslim community were outraged when Levant's now-defunct publication, the Western Standard, published the cartoons in February 2006, shortly after their initial appearance in a Danish newspaper led to rioting and protests around the world. Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, later filed a complaint against the Western Standard to the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Ezra Levant was publisher...
  • Some New Realities: World can change a lot in just four weeks (As Canada is about to discover)

    04/14/2003 7:44:07 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 22 replies · 230+ views
    The Calgary Sun ^ | April 14, 2003 | Ezra Levant
    The Pentagon is more trusted than the media. U.S. President George W. Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld never said the war would be easy, but it was. The media said it would be another Vietnam, but it wasn't. In the battle of credibility, the CBC and the New York Times lost, and the U.S. government won. Arab armies are better at oppressing their own people than at fighting wars. Saddam was ineffective at fighting 300,000 allied troops because his army was trained to fight 24 million unarmed Iraqi men, women and children. UN policies towards Iraq are driven by...