TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ – The Ontario Human Rights Commission has decided not to proceed with complaints filed against Maclean’s magazine related to its publication of an article “The future belongs to Islam.” The complainants alleged that the content of the article and Maclean’s refusal to provide space for a rebuttal violated their human rights. The decision means that the complaints will not be referred to a hearing before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Denying a service because of race or creed can form the basis for a human
rights complaint. However, the Ontario Human Rights Code does not give the Commission the jurisdiction to deal with the content of magazine articles through its complaint process. Even though the Commission is not proceeding with these complaints, it still has a broader role in addressing the tension and conflict that such writings cause in the community and the impact that they have on the groups
that are being singled out. While freedom of expression must be recognized as a cornerstone of a functioning democracy, the Commission strongly condemns the Islamophobic portrayal of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and indeed any racialized community in the media, such as the Maclean’s articleand others like them, as being inconsistent with the values enshrined in our human rights codes. Media has a responsibility to engage in fair and unbiased journalism. “Clearly more debate on this issue is required in Canada,” commented Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall. “That’s why we issued a statement today.” To read the full statement, please visit our website: www.ohrc.on.ca. Aussi disponible en françaisFor further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications Policy &
Education Branch, (416) 314-4539(Source)
Translation: If we went ahead, it would remove the victimhood status of the perpetually aggrieved constituency and place it on Conservatives. That might mean losing our phony baloney Star Chamber jobs and we could not continue our stellar work any longer. We simply could not take that risk.
What a lame excuse: “Ontario Human Rights Code does not give the Commission the jurisdiction to deal with the content of magazine articles through its complaint process”. So let me get this straight, as long as I post something in a “magazine” and not on a blog or discussion board, you can’t touch me?
What a load of bullkaka.