Margaret Wente: Human Rights Commissions – A day at the theatre of the absurd

Globe & Mail: Margaret Wente

Labiaplasty denied: a landmark test of transsexuals’ access to medical care in Ontario?

What do human rights commissions do? The other day I decided to find out. I dropped in on a hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, where the really serious cases wind up.
This case involved a complaint by two women against Dr. Robert Stubbs, a plastic surgeon who has a private clinic in Toronto. Dr. Stubbs is best known for surgically enhancing the genitalia of people who are dissatisfied with their private parts. The women complained to the human rights commission after he turned them down for surgery.

On what grounds, you may ask? Okay, here’s the wrinkle. Both women are transsexuals. They used to be men, but now they’re women. They wanted Dr. Stubbs to do procedures (a labiaplasty and a breast augmentation) that are performed only on women.

He told them he doesn’t do surgery on transsexuals. And that, they claim, amounted to discrimination under the human rights code. He denied them service because they were transsexuals.

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Globe & Mail : Rex Murphy on Suzuki – Science and the new Inquisition

David Suzuki has stirred a minor controversy, recently, by some remarks he made in a speech to 600 students at McGill University.

A report in the McGill Daily tells us “he urged today’s youth to speak out against politicians complicit in climate change . . .” “Complicit” is the damning word there. People are complicit only in dark and pernicious undertakings. He went on to suggest the students “look for a legal way to throw our current political leaders in jail for ignoring science,” drawing rounds of cheering and applause.
Well, this is a turnaround of some proportions. In the old days, the really old days, it was the foes of science, the enemies of what we have come to call the Enlightenment, who used to call for the rack, the stake and the dungeon for those who challenged religion’s pre-eminent authority to both speak and know the truth.

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Globe Editorial: SAFETY AND RELIGION Helmets for all, Sikhs included

The helmet exemption sought is different. It is not flexibility that is sought, but an outright exemption. This is a direct challenge to the raison d’etre of the helmet law, which is to save lives.
Canadian society has a right to defend certain core principles.

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Quick call out the Warminator! To the Ramparts! Feelings Hurt!