Attorney General Rob Nicholson opposes the intervention of the BC Civil Liberties Association in support of Constitutional Challenge of Internet censorship
Conservative Attorney General of Canada Rob Nicholson is opposing the intervention of the BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), which is one of
In a letter dated May 27, 2008, Simon Fothergill speaking on behalf of Rob Nicholson, wrote that the Attorney General of Canada is opposed to the BCCLA's intervention on the grounds that "grounds advanced by the BCCLA in support of its late request to intervene are substantially the same as those advanced by the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF)" [See full letter from the Attorney General]
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal threw out the application of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, claiming they were making substantially the same arguments as
As I reported two weeks ago, the Canadian Constitution Foundation applied for intervenor status in
It was a breakthrough: a highly-regarded, mainstream civil rights organization weighing in on behalf of Lemire. The CCF is a registered charity, with a sterling record of defending minority rights, ranging from Japanese-Canadian fishermen to a Nisga'a chief. Not only is the CCF comprised of true constitutional experts -- it even has Eugene
No wonder their application for intervenor status was summarily rejected.
Hadjis's brief ruling is a repulsive blend of arrogance, laziness and prejudice. Let's be honest: Hadjis is bored, and doesn't want to waste time going through the motions of a fair hearing, and the CCF means he potentially has hours of extra reading to do.
Hadjis's ruling is laughable, and the CCF should immediately appeal it to the Federal Court. Take paragraph 6:
The administration of this case has been to say the least, unwieldy and challenging.
Hadjis is right. He has run a mockery of a hearing. A dozen examples of his incompetence come to mind, ranging from the withholding of transcripts from the respondent, to Hadjis's continuing refusal to compel the prosecutors at the Canadian Human Rights Commission to hand over their document disclosure. The trial is done, and the respondent has yet to see the full case against him.
[Rest of Ezra Levants article at: http://ezralevant.com/2008/05/athanasios-hadjis-im-lazy.html]
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
Active and Past cases: 46 | Cases the tribunal ruled on: 37
· NOT A SINGLE respondent have ever won a section 13 case
· 98% of cases have poor or working class respondents
· 90.7% of respondents are not represented by lawyers
· $99,000 has been awarded in fines and special compensation since 2003.
· 35 respondents have lifetime speech bans (Cease and Desist) orders and if not followed the victims could face up to 5 years in prison.
Groups, Writers and
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Rex
CDN Association of Journalists
B'nai Brith Jewish Tribune
David Warren (Ottawa Citizen)
Constitutional Challenge of Section 13