Did Barbara Hall change the law while no one was looking?

- May 30th, 2012

Barbara HallWe have a real problem with bureaucrats in this country thinking they rule the roost. Think of the back door gun registry which continues despite laws passed by Parliament. Think of the Foreign Affairs Department in Ottawa which thinks it runs Canada’s foreign policy regardless of who is actually running the elected government.

But I’m still stunned to see Barbara Hall, the Chief Commissar of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, change the law by decree.Hall was appearing before the Queen’s Park Social Committee which was conducting hearings on Bill 13, the Liberals “anti-bullying” act which manages to bully anyone that gets in its way. There are few things wrong with what she said but here is the key paragraph.

“Ontario’s Human Rights Code is, in a sense, Ontario’s highest law. All schools—including public, Catholic and private—have a legal duty to provide students with an educational environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination because of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status, disability and sex, including gender identity.” Barbara Hall, May 15, 2012

Wow!

First off Ms. Hall, the highest law in Ontario is still the Constitution of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but nice try. Secondly, you will notice that Ms. Hall says that her vision applies to all schools, including private ones. That means that even if Catholic schools stop taking money over the imposition of gay-straight alliances they will still have to allow them in Barbara Hall’s world.

But the biggest wow in there has to be the last bit, “…including gender identity.”

Ummm, when did the legislature pass a law making gender identity a prohibited grounds of discrimination?

The answer is that they didn’t but Barbara Hall wants it in there so she’s putting it in. Now there is a bill to insert “gender identity” into the act but it has not passed yet.  This was even mentioned at the hearing by NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo.

Ms. Cheri DiNovo: Thank you, Barbara, for your presentation, and also thank you for your support for “gender identity” and “gender expression” as explicit words in the Ontario Human Rights Code and your letter to that effect. As you know, Toby’s Act passed second reading. We’re hoping to get it in place by Pride.

Barbara Hall does not make the laws in Ontario despite what she may think. She is a mere public servant, there to do the bidding of the legislature, not direct. This is another reason that Hall has to go and her Commission be scrapped.

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13 comments

  1. Chris west says:

    It won’t be. Barbara runs Ontario and we better get used to it.

  2. Rick says:

    Babs, who has accepted an award from the Khomenist Shia hate group CASMO in the name of cultural diversity or cultural relativism or whatever, seems to have her head lodged firmly up her backside.

    The view from there must help her see how well all the OHRC rulings are helping the province. The lack of oxygen could also account for her plodding, slow manner of speaking and the idiotic things she says when she does come out for air.

  3. Judith Obelnycki says:

    It is my opinion that the real bully here is the Ontario Liberal government, and all its buddies, that are dictating to the parents and to the schools what will or will not be taught to the children, irregardless of the religion of the school or the family values being taught by the parents to their children. There are many constitutional rights at stake here and I pray that people will wake up soon to the reality of what is going on around them before it is too late. Whatever happened to democracy?

  4. Rose says:

    They are trying to ram through their seven contrived genders of the world propaganda, there is no scientific proof those gender identity disorders are anything but mental illness and no government has the right to take away what it means to be female so men suffering mental illnesses can feel normal. I am sick and tired of this nonsense, we do not provide vomiting rooms for those with eating disorders nor are we required to reconize the voices in someone’s head yet they expect us to accept the seven fake genders.

  5. Steve says:

    Why hasn’t the federal government stepped in to protect, real Human rights, in this country? Why are these fascist kangaroo courts being allowed to oppress freedoms? Pressure needs to be brought to bear on these so-called conservatives.

  6. Rob H says:

    I like the quote, “Ontario’s Human Rights Code is, in a sense, Ontario’s highest law…..”
    The woman is a little commissar.

  7. Gary K. says:

    Barbara Hall: “When we look at competing rights, we know there’s no hierarchy of rights. No rights are absolute; every right is inherently limited by the rights of others.”

    No rights are absolute? Only the “rights” that she will dictate to other citizens based on professional grievance “stakeholders” that support her over-inflated bureaucratic industry known as the OHRC.

    Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 2, Fundamental Freedoms:

    2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

    (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
    (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
    (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
    (d) freedom of association.

    Her interpreted provincial mandate is anathema to our basic charter.

    Fire. Them. All.

  8. Bill Elder says:

    Interesting how prevailent self righteous double think is in bureaucratic Hall is a typical victim of lib-prog doublethink.

    This is a psychological tic which does not allow dogmatic progressives to see the hypocricy of their position/actions. In this case preaching tolerance and showing intolerance for dissent.

    The Bullying law is the perfect irony to display liberal progressive doublethink because they are blind to realization that they are not fighting bullying but,in fact, exercising it – that all their demands for tolerance are not demands for social justice but commands for social conformity to only one narrow misguided view point.

  9. 66Scorpio says:

    Here is the highest law:

    (1) Nothing in any such Law shall prejudicially affect any Right or Privilege with respect to Denominational Schools which any Class of Persons have by Law in the Province at the Union:

    (3)…an Appeal shall lie to the Governor General in Council from any Act or Decision of any Provincial Authority affecting any Right or Privilege of the Protestant or Roman Catholic Minority of the Queen’s Subjects in relation to Education:

    So Strombo can mock the idea of schools considering options, but there is your option: a direct Cabinet appeal. That’s in addition to go to the OHRC (where they will lose) and then appeal to a real judge.

    However now the rhetoric is getting ramped up to defund the Catholic school system. All of this started with the issue of bullying?

    The answer is this: funding follows the students. Catholic schools get funding because parents enroll their children that are ostensibly Catholic. So let Catholics be Catholics and let parents make up their mind, and let the money go where it will.

    The old refrain is: don’t like gay marriage? Don’t have one! Don’t want a Catholic education? Don’t have one! So pull your kids out of Catholic schools if you don’t like it, or go annoy your friends to pull their kids out.

  10. Alain says:

    As long as people are willing to put up with the very existence of these ridiculous mock tribunals and commissions by not demanding that politicians dismantle them, we can only expect this to get even worse. Hall is not the problem, since any replacement will not be an improvement. The problem is that we as a so-called liberal democracy tolerate these Stalinist tribunals.

  11. Gary says:

    I have a HRC case about to go to hearing, and my main Complaint to the Ombudman’s Office is that the HRC violated my Sec .13 Charter Rights . There was also the matter where my case was dragged out but i found some photos of Barbara Hall selling the Human-Rights Awards By-proxy when she was seen with the Corporation I have filed against for my Huamn Rights violation as a disabled person . The same year i was Terminate from work after a workplace Injury and on Disability about to return to my job, Hall gave my employer the Human Rights Award for the best workplace that met the HRC’s standards.
    I have alerted the Tribunal of my protests and provided the pix of Hall at a Human Rights fund-raiser for gay-Rights and AIDS support, i did this and opined that I DID NOT expect Hall to act in a unbias manner and Defend MY Rights over her Buddies at the Corporation that fired me while on sick-leave and then refused me Severance for 6 years now to where I’m broke and still sick.

    Selling Human Rights awards should be illegal and a serious crime because it buys Favour at the Hearings and asets up a negative bias if the Complaint comes from any Employee from those Firms that bought Hall’s Awards with Gay Funding and PRIDE donations or endirsements.
    They hate me right now, but i want to drive a wooden stake into the heart of this useless anti Human Rights money-pit that picks who gets what Rights and who can get Compensation if the meet the Minority yardstick like Muslims and Gays right now . Terrorism works so , they don’t have to.

  12. Ian says:

    Barbara Hall is the prime reason for why the HRC should be abolished. It serves no useful purpose other than to promote government propaganda. As head of the Thought Police, she explemplifies the saying,”Ignorance is Strength”. And boy is she ever strong.

  13. ron says:

    democracy is the best form of government, provided it is controlled by liberals/socilistsed …..LOL

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