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Mark Steyn and Macleans Magazine stand accused of offending the human rights of Osgood Hall law students and the Canadian Islamic Congress for publishing excerpts of the book America Alone.
According to the Ottawa Citizen's John Robson, complaints have been filed with the first three Canadian Human Rights commissions. The first two have agreed to "launch inquiries" and the third is reportedly undecided.
1) Canadian Human Rights Commission
344 Slater Street, 8th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 1E1, Canada
Telephone: (613) 995-1151
Feedback: Contact form
Commissioners: Jennifer Lynch, Q.C. - Chief Commissioner, David Langtry - Deputy Commissioner, Aimable Ndejuru, Carol McDonald, Harish Chand Jain
2) British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal
1170 - 605 Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5J3, Canada
Telephone: (604) 775-2000
Feedback: Contact form
Tribunal members: Chair Heather MacNaughton, Tonie Beharrell, Barbara Humphreys, Barbara Junker, Lindsay Lyster, Diane MacLean, Ana Mohammed, Kurt Neuenfeldt, Abraham Okazaki, Judith Parrack, Marlene Tyshynski
3) Ontario Human Rights Commissions
180 Dundas Street W. 7th Floor, Toronto ON M7A 2R9
Telephone: (416) 326-9511 (Human Rights Office)
Telephone: (416) 314-4500 (Head Office)
Commissioners: Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall, Patrick Case, Pierre Charron, Ruth Goba, Kamala-Jean Gopie, Alana Klein, Raja Khouri, Fernand Lalonde, Christiane Rabier, Ghulam Abbas Sajan, Bhagat Taggar, Richard Théberge, Maggie Wente, Albert Wiggan
Let them know -- politely -- where you stand.
hat tip Douglas
UPDATE: From the CBC no less: Human Rights gone AwryNorman sent it, "I can't believe the CBC aired this. Rex Murphy hit the nail on the head".
"What I do not associate with this deep and noble concept is getting ticked off by something you read in a magazine - or for that matter hear on television - and then scampering off to a handful - well, three - of Canada's proliferate human rights commissions - seeking to score off the magazine: this is what four Osgoode Hall law students and graduates --- a very definition of the 'marginalized' --- under the banner of the Canadian Islamic Congress have done after reading an excerpt from Mark Steyn's America Alone in Maclean’s. The complainants read the article as “flagrantly islamophobic”.
Maclean’s magazine? Well, we all know what a hotbed of radical bigotry and vile prejudice Maclean’s magazine has been. Go away … for what seems like a century Maclean’s was no more "offensive" (that is the can’t term of choice these days) than a down comforter on a cold day and if Mark Steyn's article offended them: so what? Not every article in every magazine of newspaper is meant to be a valentine card addressed to every reader's self-esteem. Maclean’s published a bushel of letters following the article's appearance: some praised it: others scorned it. That's freedom of speech: that's democracy: that's the messy business we call the exchange of ideas and opinions."
There's video at the CBC site.