1389 Blog has news about what Human Rights has devolved into in Canada. Human rights, a legitimate concern has been hijacked by the Left with increasingly disturbing results
By Charles Adler, QMI Agency
First posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 08:00 PM EST | Updated: Friday, February 22, 2013 06:56 AM EST
Canadians are truly fortunate for many reasons. But an unfortunate side effect of our privileged position is many Canadians have lost the understanding of true human rights.
Provincial human rights commissions are supposed to protect citizens from genuine acts of discrimination. But all too often they act as misguided enforcers for the easily offended — a forum for people who seek out anything remotely controversial and warp basic human disagreements into human rights violations.
Take restaurant chain Earls and its Albino Rhino beer, sold in 50 locations across Canada and the U.S. Albino rhinos actually do exist. So do albino lions, birds, dolphins and reptiles; they have in common the condition where there is no pigment in the skin, increasing sun sensitivity.
But it was the extreme sensitivity of a human albino, Ikponwosa Ero, that has caused a lot of problems for Earls. Ero complained that Earls didn’t understand that it was “demeaning and humiliating for their condition to be featured on a menu item.” She went to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Earl’s caved to the politically correct plaintiffs.
Suppose I made a beer and called it “Bucky Beaver.” That’s just plain insensitive to those who suffer from “overjet” — buck teeth.
How about something like “Hairy Monkey”? That would drive people with hypertrichosis — excessive body hair — into a deep depression.
There’s a lot more at stake here than a brand of beer. The victory over Earls’ Albino Rhino is only the most recent example of how human rights commissions can empower even a single person to infringe on the freedoms of everyone else. These cases not only inhibit us but they can also harm us.
When Beena Datt, a McDonald’s employee, claimed she had developed a skin condition and could no longer wash her hands to restaurant standards, McDonald’s ended up letting her go, after searching for a solution. What happened? The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal ruled McDonald’s had to pay Datt $23,000 for lost income, $25,000 for lost dignity plus all her legal fees and rehab experts. Then to top it all off, the tribunal ordered McDonald’s to stop discriminating against people who can’t wash their hands!
In Alberta, the provincial human rights commission awarded Ruby Repas $5,000 after fighting for her right to work in a restaurant while infected with hepatitis.
This is just another front in the Left’s assault on Western values.