Thursday, February 17, 2011

A $36,000 Microwave?

Ms. Telfer ran a small business, and employed an immigrant lady, who, like other employees, warmed her lunch in the company microwave. However, complaints arose about the noxious smell that permeated the premises from her selected menu.

She complained to the human rights tribunal who found she had been “adversely affected,” and ordered Ms. Telfer to pay $36,000 in compensation. She ran a small federally-assisted business helping immigrants. She had no money, so lawyers began the process of seizing her house to pay the penalties.

Ms. Telfer made an application for a judicial review of the decision, and fortunately, the courts were speedier than the tribunal. A judge immediately ordered a stop to the seizure. Ms. Telfer’s house was saved, but only after much distress on her part.

The incident so incensed Rex Murphy, he took the ruling to task in his inimitable way at:

As Rex pointed out, it’s not hard to see that the consequences flowing from the penalty was itself the real violation of human rights. I believe most Canadians are exasperated at the way human rights tribunals ride roughshod over the very rights they are supposed to ensure.

Because those biased against Christianity and its claims mostly operate the tribunals, Christians are often targets of these kangaroo courts, or denied complaints they wish to bring. The restoration of some basic justice is long overdue if we wish to maintain the freedom of our beliefs.
The current human rights legislation authorizes the tribunals that sidestep the most elementary forms of justice required for due process. The Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) is in the forefront of seeking overhaul of this legislation. Please support them in their endeavour; we may be the ones who are saved by their efforts.

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