Lemire Appeal against Internet Censorship set to be heard on November 14, 2013
The Federal Court of Appeals has finally set a date to hear our Constitutional challenge to the infamous censorship provision Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. The hearing will be before a three judge panel which hears our arguments and those of the CHRC & 3 interveners (1 supporting censorship and 2 opposed)
In 2009, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that Section 13 was a violation of freedom of speech and tossed out the entire case against Marc Lemire. The Canadian Human Rights Commission – with their unlimited tax-payer dollars – appealed. The Federal Court in 2012 found that Section 13 was constitutional, but that the penalty provisions (where victims could be slapped with heavy fines) was unconstitutional, and the court stuck down that provision. In October 2012, we appealed the questionable decision of Justice Mosley to the Federal Court of Appeals for a final determination on the Constitutionality of Sec13.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:30am
Federal Court of Appeals
180 Queen Street West, 7th Floor,
If you’re in the Toronto area the hearing is open to the public. We need your support!
APPEAL: The side supporting freedom outnumber the censors
For the first time in the 10+ year history of the Lemire case, the side that is supporting freedom will actually outnumber the side that is seeking to uphold Canada’s censorship laws. On one side are the usual tax-payer funded government sponsored special interest groups and on the other are organizations that support freedom.
The appeal is the usual ‘David vs Goliath’ battle that has become synonymous with free speech cases. On one side is the government along with tax-payer funded hangers on – who appear to have unlimited money available to them – and on the other side are small groups who don’t receive a penny of government money and rely on donations.
The tax-payers are footing the bill for the fanatical Canadian Human Rights Commission who has retained the high priced law firm of Bordens LLP to represent them. The “African-Canadian” Legal Clinic (ACLC) another 100% tax-payer funded group has also intervened to support Section 13 but wants “substantive and procedural modifications.” At the previous hearing the ACLC was represented by the great ‘African-Canadian’ Ed Morgan who is the former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
Over the course of the appeal, multiple organizations have applied for intervener status to support freedom of speech; the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association for Free Expression. Both the CCLA and CAFE have been granted status and will be appearing at the hearing. The Canadian Free Speech League also applied but had to withdraw when their general counsel Douglas Christie passed away. Many of the great arguments the CFSL were putting forward have been incorporated into CAFE’s Factum.
Lemire’s Memorandum of Fact and Law
A devastating critique of Canada’s Internet censorship laws
The Memorandum of Fact and Law (written by brilliant freedom fighter Barbara Kulaszka) is a concise review of the ten years of persecution the Canadian “Human Rights” Commission has dragged Marc Lemire through for daring to post a single article on his website – which he did not even write. It is a shocking and clinical review of all that goes wrong, when an out of control government agency with a “Nazi fetish” is unleashed. From spying on Canadians with the possibility of entrapment, to threatening Internet Service Providers (ISP) to force deletion of content they don’t like.
The Memorandum of Fact and Law is backed up by a mountain of evidence that would put the OJ Simpson trial to shame! At the Federal Court, we have filed thick stacks of evidence in what the court calls “Appeal Books”. These contain the transcripts and evidence from my massive 3 year hearing before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, where we beat down the censors and the Tribunal found that Section 13 was an affront to Canadian democracy and freedom.
Now that Section 13 has been repealed by Parliament, the CHRC is going to go after me with both guns blazing. Can I count on you to support the cause of freedom? My courageous lawyer Barbara Kulaszka and I have demonstrated what two dedicated freedom fighters can accomplish against overwhelming odds. We have single-handedly and doggedly fought the system and exposed the corrupt underbelly of the "Human Rights" Commission's racket. I cannot carry on this important fight alone. Your donations literally equal the survival of this case.
Please support Marc Lemire's Constitutional Challenge of Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act.
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